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Here is a quote from an article from Nature of 10, March,2015: “In another embarrassing moment for US scientists, Senator James Inhofe (Republican, Oklahoma) last month theatrically tossed a snowball onto the floor of the Senate during a debate on global warming. Despite all the talk of record temperatures in 2014, he said, there was snow on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington DC in winter.
Inhofe may or may not be aware of the distinction between weather and climate. Either way, he is unlikely to alter his views on climate change. More important is how such messages are received by the public, and in particular by the millions of schoolchildren who will be wrestling with the problem of global warming long after Inhofe is gone.
The United States has an opportunity to hugely improve the way that Earth sciences are taught in its schools. The difference between weather and climate, for example, could become standard discussion for third-grade classes, when children are eight or nine years old. Powerful lobby groups are trying to derail this opportunity. All scientists should help to stop them. (Ack: /www.nature.com/news /Help to fight the battle for Earth in US schools/ Nicole D.LaDue)”

One of the disastrous consequences of universal literacy which of course was a natural result of Enlightenment and it is what we see in the field of education. Science made Easy for all one could say was a typical American invention. As a result we have Pop Science as expounded through pop culture by superheroes. Superman, Spiderman and Wonder woman et al. Education geared to keep the Junior off trouble served through Marvel comics and DC comics has only created nay sayers on climate control take control. What happened? Did we trivialize Science without acquiring scientific temper? How can we not when nations let education find means to fund itself. Naturally funds provided by Big Corporations come to dictate future and education was geared to profits. So money invested paid off the Corporations well. So we have now alternate Science and Science.
Liberty is my birthright, right? Under capitalism what is time consuming research is Bad Science. So let those who foot the bill hold the world to ransom. For a profit margin we see before us the specter of Anti-Science and the nation whose only survival strategy is on dollar and cents fight shy of the Paris Accord. Their deep state is coal and fossil fuel.
We have this news:
“It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures.

Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C. Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”.

It will be hugely expensive – but the window of opportunity remains open.

After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C.(Ack: BBC online news)

The politics in the US has made the movers and shakers in the White House deny the facts. It is fake news which is fashionable so Pop science give the Environmental Agency some ‘facts’ that are stranger than Science. Past debacles are alternate facts so anything where preferred lobby groups can make fat profits seems to win the argument each time.
Can a task force of insects carrying genetically modified viruses save America’s farms — or are they an uncontrollable bioweapon in the making? Forget about killer bees of yesterday and this is the realm of Insect Allies yielding a kill at the drop of command,”Go!”

This is the debate swirling around a controversial new Pentagon research project called “Insect Allies.” Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project involves using gene-editing techniques like CRISPR to infect insects with modified viruses that could help make America’s crops more resilient. If a cornfield were hit by an unexpected drought or suddenly exposed to a pathogen, for example, Insect Allies might deploy an army of aphids carrying a genetically modified virus to slow the corn plant’s growth rate.

According to the DARPA website, these “targeted therapies” could take effect in a single growing season, potentially protecting the American crop system from food security threats like disease, flooding, frost and even “threats introduced by state or non-state actors.(www.Live Science.com)

(To be concluded)

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Scientists in the field of bioinformatics have designed headsets with advanced sensors to read electrical brain activity that can recognize facial expressions, and the thoughts of a person. Sitting away from home you may send instructions to the plumber and glazier to attend to the chores around the house. Those who ride the gravy train in company time may not get to write a best seller for the boss would have changed the password to prevent other activities coming in between.
Digital divide closes
In five years, IBM said, the gap between information haves and have-nots will narrow considerably due to advances in mobile technology; by then 80 percent of the current global population will have a mobile device.
This will empower people without a lot of spending power, they believe.
Only such power without money will be like froth on which you cannot get drunk. Champagne bottles will be still opened among the one percenters and froth for the man on the street.

In India, IBM used speech technology and mobile devices to enable rural villagers who were illiterate to pass along information through recorded messages on their phones. With access to information that was not there before, villagers could check weather reports to help them decide when to fertilize crops, to know when doctors were coming to town, and to find the best prices for their crops or merchandise.Astrolegers will be pestered to know sex of the next baby. If it is a girl baby ‘is there a way to avert the calamity?’
Junk becomes gems
In five years, unsolicited advertisements may feel so personalized and relevant that you’ll think spam is dead. At the same time, spam filters will be so precise that you’ll never be bothered by unwanted sales pitches again.
Just what I wanted to hear. Our wishes have become redundant and Technology lets you take Pepsi even if you happen to have a craving for Coke at a precise moment.( ack: liveScience-Ned Smith 9-12-2011)
benny

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‘Life is so simple even a child can handle it,’said my father to my mother when they sent me to school first time. It was reassuring to my mother and I wasn’t sure of my slate and pencil, which I broke in fright. ‘School’- was enough to make my hand turn butter! Believe me I got so used to the idea of slate so well that we soon were inseparables. But one day it all changed and when my teacher pressed a transcription book into my hands and said, ’paper is the stuff of future.’ I soon got on to it like duck to water just as I had with my steel pen and inkwell. Only my mom had lots of laundry and inkstains that needed extra care.
In the end what did it matter I had a neat andwriting to be proud of? When computer came I had to let my fingers do the walking. Moon walking it would seem. lurching finger cannot get that copperplate gait. No way! Now my handwriting is a cut above chickenscrawl. Progress is a way forward and it steps over slates and paper takes you to paperless halls where you type yourself in for a job. This you may repeat so often that there is a curious disconnect between fingers and grey matter.
I find IBM research lab has come up with 5 life-changing innovations.
Power from the people
Anything that moves or produces heat has the potential to create energy that can be captured. On a personal level, while you’re riding your bicycle to work, devices on the spokes of your wheels could be recharging batteries you could later use to power some of the lights in your home. Wait till the government gets into the act. Walking, jogging, bicycling no one will be spared unless one can prove one’s net worth is the prescribed limit. Super rich will be only asked to throw their weight around.
Governments shall not pay dole unless John Doe earned so many points. This credit of personal power shall be linked to his social security number.
You are your password
Each person has a unique biological identity. Your biometric data—facial definitions, retina scans and voice files—will be composited through software to build an individual’s unique online password, IBM researchers said. Now it is no more Big Brother is watching you but Big Brother Gotcha!
‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, will you step over here, please?’
My multi-factor biometrics is no guarantee the money that I draw will not fail on me.
I will draw so many drachma or dollar and find it cannot buy me a decent meal. At least I shall know I am me and none other.

Mind reading gets real
Now comes a real whopper!Mind reading may make the leap from science fiction to real life sooner than expected, the researchers in Armonk, N.Y., said. Priest Abuse is restrained as a result. Altar boys will know while the host is raised what is raising the priest. And they can act accordingly. Only Monsignor’s woolly brain will be counting sheep while whetting the predatory nature of the new priest.
If you link your brain to devices such as a computer or smartphone and be able to levitate inanimate objects by just thinking about it how smooth life would be? You need not catch the eye of your waiter in a restaurant but he will come to you. Only he cannot guarantee he will not trip over and spill water over your head.
If you think like about calling someone, for example, the smartphone would then dial that number. On the reverse you cannot escape calls dogging your private thoughts. (2 be concluded)
benny

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