Earth Day has embraced hysteria and abandoned science

 (NASA) Sunday is Earth Day, a celebration conceived by then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and first held in 1970 as a “symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship.” In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience. Most activities were organized at the grassroots level. In recent…

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‘Gene map for depression’ sparks hopes of new generation of treatments

A 200-strong team of researchers from across the globe have mapped the genetic variants that increase the risk of depression Scientists have raised hopes for more effective treatments for depression, a condition that affects over 300 million people globally, after mapping out the genetic foundations of the mental disorder in…

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‘There is no such thing as past or future’: physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Carlo Rovelli tells Charlotte Higgins about his days as a student revolutionary and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip What do we know about time? Language tells us that it passes, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes…

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This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming | Edward Bullmore

The discovery of genes that are linked to the crippling condition throws up exciting new possibilities for its successful treatment Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The major scientific…

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Multicellular Life Began A BILLION Years Earlier Than Thought

Complex life on Earth may have started at least a billion years earlier than thought, and now new evidence that seems to back this up further has been revealed. Dating to 1.6 billion years old, a fossil found in Gaoyuzhuang, China, seems to show a small piece of seaweed. Except…

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In the NYC enterprise startup scene, security is job one

While most people probably would not think of New York as a hotbed for enterprise startups of any kind, it is actually quite active. When you stop to consider that the world’s biggest banks and financial services companies are located there, it would certainly make sense for security startups to…

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Half Of All Coral In The Northern Great Barrier Reef Has Died Since 2016, And It’s Unlikely To Ever Recover

In the aftermath of a “catastrophic” marine heatwave, the Great Barrier Reef lost as much as half of its coral in some areas. Now, scientists say it’s unlikely to recover.   The report, which is published in Nature, mapped the impact of the 2016 heatwave along the 2,300-kilometer (1,429-foot) reef,…

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