Diesel fumes’ nanoparticles cause heart disease by just BREATHING polluted city air

S.D. Wells

Similar to how cigarette smokers suffer health consequences from the toxins that are carried into the lungs on particles of tobacco, a recent study has shown that tiny nanoparticles carry black carbon diesel fumes into the lungs of people who are exposed to them. Diesel fumes, commonly pushed into the atmosphere via the exhaust from heavy-duty trucks, are breathed in and reach the bloodstream through absorption into the lungs which can lead to heart disease – the world’s leading killer.

Now, scientists have finally figured out exactly how these nanoparticles affect the cardiovascular system. The World Health Organization estimates that at least seven out of every 10 premature deaths caused by air pollution originate from heart disease and strokes. The majority of the rest of those deaths were linked to lung cancer and respiratory infections. Continue reading


Man-made ocean pollution has severely affected the immune systems of wild dolphins, researchers claim

Frances Bloomfield

Once thought to be healthier than their captive cousins, wild dolphins have begun showing signs of compromised immune systems. Researchers have pinpointed ocean pollution and contamination as the main causes of this startling discovery.

For the purposes of their study, researchers studied and compared four groups of bottlenose dolphins that lived in aquariums and beyond the American coastline. Multiple wet and dry samples were collected from each of the dolphins. These samples were then subjected to testing that included hormone analyses, serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP) tests, and clinical chemistry tests. Continue reading

Obama to discuss climate change in Italy

Rebecca Savransky
The Hill

Former President Barack Obama is traveling to Italy, where he will speak this week about food security and climate change.

The former president is expected to go to Milan to meet with several Italians and discuss the issues.

On Monday, the former president is scheduled to meet with former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

That evening, he will attend a private dinner held by the Institute for International Political Studies.

Obama on Tuesday is expected to give a keynote address to the Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Summit.

The theme of the summit this year is “The Impact of Technology and Innovation on Climate Change and Food Availability Around the World.”

Following his keynote, the former president will take part in a Q&A session.

Obama on Sunday night spoke broadly about the healthcare debate gripping the United States while he accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in Boston.

During his speech, he praised the lawmakers who passed ObamaCare when he was in office.
“These men and women did the right thing, they did the hard thing,” Obama said. “Theirs was a profile in courage. Because of that vote, 20 million people got health insurance who didn’t have it, and most of [those lawmakers] did lose their seats.”
Obama said the debate is not settled, adding it is his “fervent hope … that regardless of party, such courage is still possible.”


Climate change proponents ridiculously believe the Earth was a calm, peaceful planet until humans started burning fossil fuels

Vicki Batts

Researchers from Stanford University are doing their best to find a link between extreme weather events and climate change, but is it all for naught? While these researchers are admittedly conservative with their efforts, they are at least somewhat echoing the rhetoric that events like tornadoes are solely being caused by climate change.

This, of course, is absolute nonsense; tornadoes have occurred throughout the course of the Earth’s history, and are in fact a part of the Earth’s normal climate. So-called “extreme weather events” have really only recently been dubbed as such; tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts and torrential rains have all played a role in the development of the Earth as we know it. The “Dust Bowl” years in North America exemplify some of the most extreme weather ever witnessed in North America, for instance. There were recurring droughts and heatwaves across the plains and prairies of the United States and Canada during that time in the early 20th century. The 1910s and 1920s also saw extremely cold winters in the very same regions. Madhav Khandekar, Ph.D. and retired Environment Canada scientist with over 50 years of experience in weather and climate science, states in a 2012 article, “Extreme weather is an integral part of the Earth’s climate.”

So-called extreme weather is not only an integral part of the planet’s climate, but it is also part of the Earth’s history. Extreme weather events, like the Ice Age, have shaped the face of the planet we call home.

Back then, of course, there were no scientists to go around saying everything was being caused by human activity. The latest research by scientists from Stanford University reportedly takes a very conservative approach to linking climate change with extreme weather events, but the question of whether or not that climate change is directly the result of human activity is left unanswered. In fact, the scientists flat-out assume that the sole driver behind changes in climate is human activity.

“Our approach is very conservative. It’s like the presumption of innocence in our legal system: The default is that the weather event was just bad luck, and a really high burden of proof is required to assign blame to global warming,” Noah Diffenbaugh said. Diffenbaugh is a professor of Earth system science at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. He and the rest of his team have reportedly outlined a four-step method for testing whether or not an extreme weather event is related to “climate change.” However, in this context, it appears to be implied that climate change is a direct result of human activity — which may not be entirely true.

As recent research has shown, changes in solar activity play a substantial role in climate shifts on Earth. A Swiss research team has found that the sun’s activity may influence our planet’s climate more strongly than previously thought. The finding has put a tremendous hole in prevailing theories about the changes in Earth’s climate — and weather patterns.

So, is it really climate change that is causing these so-called extreme weather events? Are they part of the Earth’s natural climate? Or are these events being caused by solar activity? More importantly, will we ever actually know the truth, even if scientists manage to figure it out? [RELATED: Read more stories about climate change at ClimateScienceNews.com]





Potential for Ultrasonic Beacons to Trigger Smartphone Apps


Apparently, you have to open some app for the this to happen:

The situation isn’t that worrisome, as users have to open an app with the Shopkick SDK for the beacon to be picked up.

Even so, here’s another one for your already herniating Mobile Phones Are Creepy as Hell file folder.

Via: Bleeping Computer:

A team of researchers from the Brunswick Technical University in Germany has discovered an alarming number of Android applications that employ ultrasonic tracking beacons to track users and their nearby environment.

Their research paper focused on the technology of ultrasound cross-device tracking (uXDT) that became very popular in the last three years.

uXDT is the practice of advertisers hiding ultrasounds in their ads. When the ad plays on a TV or radio, or some ad code runs on a mobile or computer, it emits ultrasounds that are picked up by the microphone of nearby laptops, desktops, tablets or smartphones.

SDKs embedded in apps installed on those devices relay the beacon back to the online advertiser, who then knows that the user of TV “x” is also the owner of smartphone “Y” and links their two previous advertising profiles together, creating a broader picture of the user’s interests, device portfolio, home, and even family members.

The robotic brain surgeon will see you now: drill can perform complex procedures 50 times faster

Henry Bodkin
The Telegraph

Scientists have revealed a robotic drill that can cut the most sensitive brain surgery down from two hours to two and a half minutes.

The machine, developed at the University of Utah, is being hailed as a potential breakthrough in survival for brain patients as the reduced time they spend in surgery will drastically cut the chances of infection. Continue reading

SpaceX successfully launches ‘classified’ military satellite in all-or-nothing gamble

SpaceX successfully launched and landed its Falcon 9 rocket in the fifth of 20 scheduled launches in 2017. This was a landmark event for the company, as it was the first launch of a military satellite in its 15-year history.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:15am local time near the famous NASA launch site. Just nine minutes later, the rocket’s main section touched back down on the launch pad.

Today’s launch was the first time the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has entrusted anyone other than the United Launch Alliance (ULA) with one of its top-secret payloads.

The NRO is an agency within the US Defense Department that operates its fleet of spy satellites.

ULA is a joint venture by Lockheed Martin and Boeing that was launched in 2006 and has held a monopoly on US national security launches ever since. Until now.

Today’s successful launch may mark a new era for SpaceX, as such sensitive operations involving satellites believed to monitor nuclear proliferation, drug trafficking operations and terrorist activities, are undoubtedly incredibly lucrative for the company.

Following a protracted legal battle with the US Air Force dating back to 2014, SpaceX finally broke ULA’s monopoly on military contracts after reaching an agreement with the USAF to open up the bidding process in exchange for dropping its lawsuit.

Last year, SpaceX won an $86 million contract with the USAF, with one launch now scheduled in both 2018 and 2019.

Today’s operation was a far more secretive affair than usual, however, given the sensitive nature of the payload.

Details of the launch were sparse and shrouded in secrecy with no information available on the size, weight, instruments on board or indeed the final orbit of the payload.

In addition, the specifics of the arrangement itself are largely unknown: no bid to operate the launch has been confirmed; and it has yet to be established whether the launch was a once-off or whether the relationship will continue in the future and no estimates of the cost to the NRO have emerged.

The full video of the launch is available below.

Climate Scientist Warns Against Geoengineering At TED Conference Vancouver

Derrick Broze
Activist Post

The topic of geoengineering the climate continues to break into the mainstream as climate engineers debated the controversial topic at the latest TED talks in Vancouver. 

The annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference is designed to facilitate conversation around “ideas worth spreading.” Founded in 1984, the TED organization distributes free talks related to technology, design, science, culture, and academia. The annual TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, TED Global, and regional TEDx events are increasingly celebrated and consumed by a growing portion of the world thanks to the viral spread of popular talks. The topics are occasionally controversial – sometimes leading to them being banned by TED – and this years conference in Vancouver was no exception. Continue reading

Climate change app terrorizes youth with wildly exaggerated sea level projections

Frances Bloomfield

Thanks to current technology, you too can experience the so-called “disastrous effects” of climate change wherever you may be. Development studios Strange Flavor and secondverse have collaborated with visual artist Justin Brice Guariglia to create an app, named After Ice, in honor of Earth Day. Utilizing geolocation, augmented reality (AR), and collected NASA predictions, the app will show you how your area will look when affected by global ice melt and rising sea levels. Bubbles and fish will also sometimes swim past, states the DailyMail.co.uk. Yet, taking “the science out of the lab” reveals this: rising sea and ice levels just aren’t happening. After Ice is simply more fear mongering disguised as a “fun” and “educational” app.

The fact is that the sea levels aren’t rising because of anything we’ve done. As reported by the folks over at ClimateChangeDispatch.com, a 2006 study by Curtis E. Larsen and Inga Clark has shown no connection between carbon dioxide concentrations and the purported sea level rise. Another study conducted in 2007 by S.J. Holgate has shown the phenomenon to be cyclical and naturally occurring; the researcher even discovered that the sea levels decreased during the period of the study. The rise and fall of sea levels is never constant and changes seasonally, even daily. Those oscillating levels are caused by a variety of factors too: equatorial trade winds, tectonic events, soil compaction, and storm surges can all affect the sea levels and any attempts to measure them accurately.

Glaciers aren’t exactly melting either. A 2015 article by the Express.co.uk has pointed out that satellite images have shown that Antarctic ice is growing, not shrinking. In fact, a logbook by polar explorers Report Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton was discovered last year and showed that the Antarctic hasn’t shrunk at all in the last 100 years. A similar story can be found on the other side of the world. Arctic sea ice hit a record growth last September and hasn’t decreased in the slightest. The truth is that neither the Antarctic nor the Arctic have shown any outward signs of lost or losing ice. Not even snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas have lost ice during the last decade, which means ice at low and high levels are more less still at the same amounts as before.

So much for rising sea levels and melting glaciers.

After Ice: What its developers say

“Experience climate change and the effects of global warming through augmented reality,” wrote the developers on their product description page. “After Ice simulates your location in various data-backed future scenarios of global ice melt and sea level rise. Additionally, it lets you see the NASA-projected* effect of sea level rise accurately within a 100 mile radius of New York City in the 2080s — within the lifetime of children alive today.”

Of the project, Guariglia has said: “I thought of this app as a way to help visualize what is happening to the planet, but is too slow for us to see. We have a serious disconnect from important existential issues like giant melting glaciers. Global warming is happening, however it needs to be emotionally felt before people will want to take action. I hope this app will at the very least get a conversation going and get some of the science out of the lab, and into people hands.

Read more on sea levels and climate by visiting ClimateScienceNews.com.

*Projections for NYC come from NASA/GISS & NPCC data and accurate within a 100 mile radius of New York City, and includes storm and tidal surge estimates in it’s visualization. Total melt projections come from the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

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Al Gore’s New Group Demands $15 Trillion To Fight Global Warming

Michael Bastasch
The Daily Caller

A group of executives who want to fight global warming has published a new report calling for countries to spend up to $600 billion a year over the next two decades to boost green energy deployment and energy efficiency equipment.

The Energy Transitions Commission’s (ETC) report claims “additional investments of around $300-$600 billion per annum do not pose a major macroeconomic challenge,” which they say will help the world meet the goals laid out in the Paris agreement. Continue reading