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The pandemic has scrambled trust in science, with big implications for climate change

the pandemic has scrambled trust in science, with big implications for climate change

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The pandemic is throwing a wrench into Americans’ understanding of science, which has big implications for climate change.Driving the news: Recent focus groups in battleground states suggest some voters are more skeptical of scientists in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while surveys reveal the persistence of a deep partisan divide.Why it matters: Science is at the heart of understanding the impacts of a warming world and what kind of policies governments should enforce.The world’s response to COVID-19 is providing what some experts say is a hyper-fast glimpse into how the world might address climate change over a longer period of time.Climate change, because it’s slower moving and its impacts more diffuse, is going to be even harder to tackle than a relatively fast-moving pandemic.Where it stands: Swing voters in five battleground states surveyed over the last six months expressed an increasing skepticism about science as the pandemic took over America.Focus groups with nearly 60 swing voters in Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin answered questions on several topics, including science and climate change, on a regular basis. (Most of the voters voted for Barack Obama in 2012, then Donald Trump in 2016.)These focus groups, part …

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The science behind ‘the breath of a wok,’ an essential ingredient in the perfect bowl of fried rice

the science behind ‘the breath of a wok,’ an essential ingredient in the perfect bowl of fried rice

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(CNN) — Chef Kwok Keung Tung tosses the wok with one hand, using the other to stir with a metal spatula. Both hands occupied, he uses his knee to nudge the gas stove’s lever up and down to control the fire fan, sporadically engulfing a third of the wok in flames.It takes only three minutes for the lump of white rice to transform into the bowl of golden fried rice he places on the serving counter.”This is what you’re looking for — wok hei (the breath of wok),” Danny Yip, co-founder of Hong Kong restaurant The Chairman, tells CNN Travel. “Wok is the essence of Chinese cooking in South China. And Cantonese chefs are the master of fire and wok.” Wok hei: An invisible but essential ingredient in Cantonese cooking. Maggie Hiufu Wong/CNNIf anyone’s an authority on the subject of wok hei, it’s Yip. For those who grew up in a Cantonese family, it’s almost impossible to go to a Chinese restaurant without hearing someone — usually older — comment “gau wok hei” (enough wok hei) or “ng gau wok hei” (not enough wok hei) when establishing a benchmark of how authentic a Chinese restaurant actually is. Hei ( …

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Trump’s Closing Argument on Virus Clashes With Science, and Voters’ Lives

trump’s closing argument on virus clashes with science, and voters’ lives

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As an immense new surge in coronavirus cases sweeps the country, President Trump is closing his re-election campaign by pleading with voters to ignore the evidence of a calamity unfolding before their eyes and trust his word that the disease is already disappearing as a threat to their personal health and economic well being.The president has continued to declare before large and largely maskless crowds that the virus is vanishing, even as case counts soar, fatalities climb, the stock market dips and a fresh outbreak grips the staff of Vice President Mike Pence. Hopping from one state to the next, he has made a personal mantra out of declaring that the country is “rounding the corner.”Mr. Trump has attacked Democratic governors and other local officials for keeping public-health restrictions in place, denouncing them as needless restraints on the economy. And venting self-pity, the president has been describing the pandemic as a political hindrance inflicted on him by a familiar adversary.“With the fake news, everything is Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid,” Mr. Trump complained at a rally in Omaha on Tuesday, chiding the news media and pointing to his own recovery from the illness to downplay its gravity: “I …

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Doubts over a ‘possible sign of life’ on Venus show how science works | Science News

doubts over a ‘possible sign of life’ on venus show how science works | science news

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It was one of those “big, if true” stories. In September, scientists reported that Venus’ atmosphere seems to be laced with phosphine, a possible sign of life.

Now there’s increasing emphasis on the “if.” As scientists take fresh looks at the data behind the Venus announcement, and add other datasets to the mix, the original claim of inexplicable amounts of phosphine is being called into doubt. And that’s a good thing, many scientists say.

“It’s exactly how science should work,” says planetary scientist Paul Byrne of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, who studies Venus but was not involved in any of the phosphine papers. “It’s too early to say one way or the other what this detection means for Venus.”

Here’s a closer look at efforts to get from “if” to “true:”

The big claim

On September 14, astronomer Jane Greaves of Cardiff University in Wales and colleagues reported that they had seen signs of phosphine in Venus’ clouds using two different telescopes (SN: 9/14/20). The phosphine seemed to be too abundant to exist without some kind of source replenishing it. That source could be strange microbes living in the clouds, or some weird unknown Venusian …

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How computer scientists and marketers can create a better CX with AI

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Researchers from Erasmus University, The Ohio State University, York University, and London Business School published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that examines the tension between AI’s benefits and costs and then offers recommendations to guide managers and scholars investigating these challenges.
The study, forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing, is titled “Consumers and Artificial Intelligence: An Experiential Perspective” and is authored by Stefano Puntoni, Rebecca Walker Reczek, Markus Giesler, and Simona Botti.
Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was the stuff of science fiction. Now it is changing how consumers eat, sleep, work, play, and even date. Consumers can interact with AI throughout the day, from Fitbit’s fitness tracker and Alibaba’s Tmall Genie smart speaker to Google Photo’s editing suggestions and Spotify’s music playlists. Given the growing ubiquity of AI in consumers’ lives, marketers operate in organizations with a culture increasingly shaped by computer science. Software developers’ objective of creating technical excellence, however, may not naturally align with marketers’ objective of creating valued consumer experiences. For example, computer scientists often characterize algorithms as neutral tools evaluated on efficiency and accuracy, an approach that may overlook the social and individual complexities of the contexts in which AI is …

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KSAT Kids Home Science: How to make a fog machine

ksat kids home science: how to make a fog machine

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SAN ANTONIO – Hello parents, teachers and students!Are you looking for something fun to do at home that has a little bit of science behind it?Well, check out how to make a do it yourself fog machine, a great Halloween demonstration courtesy of Steve Spangler and Sick Science!Be sure to check out GMSA@9 on Wednesdays when Meteorologist Kaiti Blake does the demonstrations and explains the science behind it. To view the video, click on the player above.How to make a DIY Fog MachineHere’s what you’ll need:waterdry icedish soapa shoelacea large containerNote: This is a demonstration that needs parent supervision.

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Astronomers find new way to hunt the elusive Planet 9

astronomers find new way to hunt the elusive planet 9

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Finding Planet Nine may require looking at telescope images in a different light.Astronomers are vetting a “shifting and stacking” technique that could aid the hunt for the putative world, which some researchers think lurks undiscovered in the far outer system, way beyond Pluto’s orbit. The strategy involves shifting space-telescope images along sets of possible orbital paths, then stacking the photos together to combine their light. The technique has already been used to discover some moons in our solar system, and it could potentially spot Planet Nine — also known as Planet X, Giant Planet Five or Planet Next — and other extremely farflung objects, researchers said.Related: The evidence for ‘Planet Nine’ in our solar system (gallery)”You really can’t see them without using this kind of method,” Malena Rice, an astronomy Ph.D. student at Yale University in Connecticut, said in a statement. “If Planet Nine is out there, it’s going to be incredibly dim.”Rice is lead author of a new study that put the method into action. She and co-author Greg Laughlin, an astronomy professor at Yale, shifted and stacked images captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which hunts for alien worlds from Earth …

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The NOAA’s top scientist tried to get the White House on board with its science ethics policy. He got fired by email instead.

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NOAA fired its acting top scientist after he requested that Trump administration employees respect the agency’s policies and not meddle with scientific data, The New York Times reported.
The scientist, Craig McLean, was replaced by a former employee at a libertarian think tank who has questioned climate-change projections.
President Donald Trump has meddled with data about hurricanes, climate change, and COVID-19 during his four years in office and has been accused of eroding the independence of government agencies.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fired its top scientist by email after he asked political appointees at the agency to commit to its scientific ethics policy, The New York Times reported.Craig McLean, the acting chief scientist, sent an email to several political appointees to the agency, requesting that they acknowledge NOAA’s policy of respecting the integrity of scientific data, The Times said.Among the recipients of the email was Dr. Erik Noble, the newly appointed NOAA chief of staff who was previously a White House policy advisor.”Respectfully, by what authority are you sending this to me?” Noble replied to the email, per The Times.

McLean answered that it was part of his …

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White House Touts Trump’s 5 Science Accomplishments, Including ‘Ending The Pandemic’

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump and White House senior adviser, was quoted in … [+] a press release touting the Trump Administration’s science and technology accomplishments. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Well, here’s some amazing news. On Tuesday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a press release of the Trump Administration’s science and technology accomplishments from President Donald Trump’s first term. The release accompanied the unveiling of a longer document from the Office and listed five highlights. Guess what the first one on the list was. “Ending the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Who knew? Does that mean the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is now really over? Well, no. Because it’s not over. The pandemic has not been ended. In fact, it may just be just ramping up as the weather becomes colder and less humid with cases per day increasing.
Listing “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” as an accomplishment would be even more audacious than listing “Iron Man” as your job position on LinkedIn. At least, you could be Robert Downy, Jr., a triathlete, or really good at removing wrinkles from clothes. on the other hand, unless the pandemic has really …

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Team working on ‘most magical story in science’ win PM’s top science prize

team working on ‘most magical story in science’ win pm’s top science prize

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When Susan Scott first started looking for gravitational waves more than 25 years ago, many scientists were sceptical of finding anything.Nearly 100 years after Einstein first proposed these tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime existed, Professor Scott was part of a 1000-strong international team that finally detected them in 2015.”That detection involved two black holes colliding and the two amazing projections from Einstein’s theory are black holes and gravitational waves and they came together in that one event,” she said.”It’s like the most magical story in science.”Tonight, Professor Scott of the Australian National University is one of four scientists — and the first female physicist — to be awarded Australia’s top science prize for their pioneering work discovering gravitational waves opening a new window to the universe.She shares the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science with David Blair, of the University of Western Australia (UWA), Peter Veitch of the University of Adelaide, and David McClelland of the Australian National University. Susan Scott is Australia’s leading general relativity theorist.(Supplied)”Australia has a presence in this field now because of the work we have done over more than 30 years,” said Professor Scott, who is a head investigator of the ARC Centre …

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