With local and European elections just mere days away, the UK government is heavily promoting its S.H.A.R.E Checklist campaign across social media, which warns against the dangers of proliferating fake news. Have you seen the lineup for TNW2019? Check it out. Now. Lineup “Just because a story is online, doesn’t mean it’s true,” says a tweet from the Cabinet Office’s official account promoting the campaign. “The internet is great, but it can be used to spread misleading news and content.” The tweet links to an official government page, which sternly warns against the risks posed by fake news to the overall health and harmony of society. It explicitly highlights anti-vax propaganda, which contributed to an outbreak of measles during 2017 and 2018, as well as hoax news stories during the 2011 London riots, which convinced people the situation was more violent and dangerous than it really was. Imploring readers to not “feed the … [Read more...] about What World War II can teach us about fighting fake news
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This morning I woke up to discover my emergency heat had kicked in because it was 24 degrees outside. I live in North Carolina, y’all — sure, in the mountains where it’s about ten degrees cooler than the rest of the state, but still… Twenty-four degrees is notably chilly here in the dead of winter, much less March 19 when the lawn mowing season has usually begun. What’s more, in about 36 hours, spring is supposed to arrive. … And yet, it is still freakin’ cold out there. You know it. I know it. We all know it, which means the Global Warming Hoaxsters know it.You see, according to the “experts” our planet is supposed to be warming — the “End of Snow” and all that. But it sure isn’t working out that way of late and the Global Warming Hoaxsters are not just worried over this inconvenient truth, they’re freaking all the way out… A “freak out” is the only way to explain the breathtakingly … [Read more...] about Nolte: The Garbage Science Behind the AP’s Latest Global Warming Report
Peggy’s data were a bit of a shock.From an anchored vantage point in an expanse of the southeastern Bering Sea west of Alaska, Peggy, or mooring M2, had monitored conditions in the water for 25 years. A line of sensors extended down more than 70 meters to where Peggy was tethered to the seafloor, collecting information on temperature, salinity and other properties of the water.Most years, the waxing and waning of floating sea ice follows a consistent seasonal pattern that is reflected in Peggy’s data. By November, sea ice migrates in through the Bering Strait or forms in some parts of the Bering Sea. As a by-product of the sea ice formation, a large mass of cold, salty water begins to pool near the seafloor. In the spring, phytoplankton bloom, and by early summer, the sea ice begins to melt away. The cold pool, however, lingers through the summer. With an average temperature just below zero degrees Celsius — a few degrees colder than the surrounding water — … [Read more...] about What happens when the Bering Sea’s ice disappears?
In case you’ve been envying the desert ant Cataglyphis fortis lately, don’t. Skittering around the Sahara Desert, the insect endures temperatures so brutal, it can sometimes only manage foraging runs of 15 minutes before it burns to death. Making matters worse, the heat obliterates the pheromone chemical trails that ants typically lay for each other to navigate. Get lost out here, and you’re literally cooked. Accordingly, desert ants have evolved superpowers. They look for characteristic bands of polarized light emanating from the sun, which we humans can’t see, to get their bearings. They also count their steps to nail down a distance traveled, making them the fitness trackers of the insect world. Combining these two sources of information, the ants can zig-zag across the desert in search of delicious dead insects and still find their way home with remarkable accuracy. Sensing polarized light is an indispensable skill for the ants, and perhaps soon it will also … [Read more...] about A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant
On May 30, 2008, a research team armed with GPS units, notebooks, and binoculars set out into a dense patch of jungle in Indonesian Borneo. An oil palm company had commissioned them to survey the area for important environmental and cultural assets that might be impacted should the forest be converted into a plantation. They had no idea, however, that an “exceptional herpetofaunal discovery” awaited them that morning, they later wrote. As midday approached, the sweating group decided to take a break from their uphill trek to have lunch next to a shallow, rocky stream bed. Glancing at the creek between bites, one of the local team members spotted something of note: a brownish-yellow reptile, about a foot long, that he referred to simply as kadal—the generic Indonesian word for “lizard.” The partially submerged creature had the elongated, snakelike body of a Chinese dragon, the facial features of a cartoon dinosaur, and the pronounced scales of a … [Read more...] about How a Reclusive Lizard Became a Prize Find for Wildlife Smugglers