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Topic: President Biden supports "right to repair."
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 8:13:52 AM
President Biden supports "right to repair."

President Biden Wants To Make It Easier For You To Get Your Broken Smartphone Fixed
July 21, 2021 5:00 AM ET

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/21/1018443062/president-biden-wants-to-make-it-easier-for-you-to-get-your-broken-smartphone-fi

Johansen says "Apple and the big guys" don't want to give up the repair business "because people come in instead of repairing the phone, they sell them a new one and say, oh, you should upgrade instead of fixing it for X amount of dollars."

And all of those upgrades and smartphone replacements cause another problem, says Proctor: e-waste. Americans, he says, dispose of 416,000 cellphones a day.


See https://www.ifixit.com for repair tutorials.
Topic: Delta Coronavirus Variant: More Contagious & More Virulent
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 2:51:31 AM
Topic: Delta Coronavirus Variant: More Contagious & More Virulent
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 2:41:46 AM
Topic: The pandemic reigns on.
Posted: Friday, July 16, 2021 10:29:51 PM
The US is now at 34,051,023 confirmed covid19 cases and 608,809 deaths.

That's 20,971 deaths in 58 days. Or, about 0.251 deaths every minute.

Both the infection rate and the number of deaths have decreased markedly.
The vaccines are working.

Source: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

7 million to 8 million cases: 25 days
8 million to 9 million cases: 13 days
9 million to 10 million cases: 9 days
10 million to 11 million cases: 6 days
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27 million to 28 million cases: 13 days
28 million to 29 million cases: 16 days
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30 million to 31 million cases: 15 days
31 million to 32 million cases: 16 days
32 million to 33 million cases: 25 days
33 million to 34 million cases: 58 days
Topic: The Mysterious Ice Worm
Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:20:15 AM
It's Summer, And That Means The Mysterious Return Of Glacier Ice Worms
July 13, 2021 5:07 AM ET


https://www.npr.org/2021/07/13/1011376403/its-summer-and-that-means-the-mysterious-return-of-glacier-ice-worms

High up on Mount Rainier in Washington, there's a stunning view of the other white-capped peaks in the Cascade Range. But Scott Hotaling is looking down toward his feet, studying the snow-covered ground.

"It's happening," he says, gesturing across the Paradise Glacier.

Small black flecks suddenly appear on the previously blank expanse of white. The glacier's surface quickly transforms as more and more tiny black creatures emerge. The ice worms have returned, snaking in between ice crystals and shimmering in the sun.

These thread-like worms, each only about an inch long, wiggle up en masse in the summertime, late in the afternoon, to do — what? Scientists don't know. It's just one of many mysteries about these worms, which have barely been studied even though they're the most abundant critter living up there in the snow and ice.

Billions and billions of inch-long black creatures

"There are so many," says Hotaling, a researcher at Washington State University. An estimated 5 billion ice worms can live in a single glacier.

"From where we're standing right now, I can see, five, six, 10 glaciers," he says. "And if every one hosts that density of ice worms? That is just a massive amount of biomass in a place that is generally biomass-poor."

There are more mysteries than there are solved things, with ice worms.

Scott Hotaling, glacier biologist, Washington State University

For a long time, he says, high-altitude glaciers like these have been written off by biologists as basically sterile, lifeless places. Ice worms, however, show that this fragile environment — where the glaciers are vulnerable to climate change and are retreating — is potentially far more complicated.

"If you were going to put a biological mascot on glaciers of the northwest," says Hotaling. "It's an ice worm."

And yet, with the possible exception of the annual Cordova Ice Worm Festival in Alaska, these bizarre worms have generally been either ignored or treated as a mere curiosity.

The National Park Service's visitor's center near Paradise Glacier, for example, has a nice display on alpine wildlife, says Hotaling, "and there is somehow nothing about ice worms. And it is a source of frustration for me."

He admits that it bothers "probably no one else that comes here." Many people who hike, ski, or work on these mountains have never seen an ice worm, despite their abundance, partly because the beasts only come to the surface at certain times of the year, at certain times of day.


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Topic: Virginia Norwood, MIT
Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:51:09 PM
Here's an interesting story about a pioneering woman in science.

The woman who brought us the world

A half-century ago, Virginia Tower Norwood ’47 invented the first multispectral scanner to image Earth from space. Landsat 1 and its successors have been scanning the planet continuously ever since.


https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/06/29/1025732/the-woman-who-brought-us-the-world/

Virginia Norwood's high school career counselor suggested she become a librarian. Instead she went to MIT, invented the Landsat 1 Earth imaging satellite and scanned the World!
Topic: The pandemic reigns on.
Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:19:11 PM
Global covid19 deaths surpass 4 million.

Current global deaths due to covid19 are at 4,009,353.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/
Topic: Delta Coronavirus Variant: More Contagious & More Virulent
Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:05:44 PM
The Delta Variant Isn't Just Hyper-Contagious. It Also Grows More Rapidly Inside You
July 8, 2021 1:45 PM ET

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/07/08/1013794996/why-the-delta-variant-is-so-contagious-a-new-study-sheds-light

After months of data collection, scientists agree: The delta variant is the most contagious version of the coronavirus worldwide. It spreads about 225% faster than the original version of the virus, and it's currently dominating the outbreak in the United States.

A new study, published online Wednesday, sheds light on why. It finds that the variant grows more rapidly inside people's respiratory tracts and to much higher levels, researchers at the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

On average, people infected with the delta variant had about 1,000 times more copies of the virus in their respiratory tracts than those infected with the original strain of the coronavirus, the study reported.

In addition, after someone catches the delta variant, the person likely becomes infectious sooner. On average, it took about four days for the delta variant to reach detectable levels inside a person, compared with six days for the original coronavirus variant.

In the study, scientists analyzed COVID-19 patients involved in the first outbreak of the delta variant in mainland China, which occurred between May 21 and June 18 in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The researchers measured the levels of virus in 62 people involved in that outbreak and compared them with the levels in 63 patients infected in 2020 with an early version of the virus.

Their findings suggest that people who have contracted the delta variant are likely spreading the virus earlier in the course of their infection.

And the scientists underscore the importance of quarantining immediately for 14 days after coming into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

Or even better, getting fully vaccinated. Preliminary data shows that in some U.S. states, 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths in the past few months were among people who weren't vaccinated, the CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said Thursday at the White House.

"We know that the delta variant ... is currently surging in pockets of the country with low vaccination rates," Walensky said. "We also know that our authorized vaccines prevent severe disease, hospitalization and death from the delta variant."
Topic: Vaccine passport a good idea?
Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 1:31:21 AM
Pam Archer wrote:
In a free country, It is not the responsibility of the government to enforce healthy choices.


That's exactly what we do. We prohibit the sale of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, guns and pornography to youth.
Topic: Red, White and Blue
Posted: Monday, July 5, 2021 6:14:21 AM
Red, White and Blue are popular colors. Here are country flags that are red, white and blue or nearly all red, white and blue.



Australia



American Samoa



Anguilla



Belize



Cambodia



Cape Verde



Cayman Islands



Chile



Cook Islands



Costa Rica



Croatia



Cuba



Czech Republic



Dominican Republic



Falkland Islands



Faroe Islands



Fiji



France



French Southern and Antarctic Lands



Haiti



Iceland



Kiribati



Laos



Liberia



Luxembourg



Malaysia



Montserrat



Nepal



Netherlands



New Zealand



North Korea



Norway



Panama



Paraguay



Puerto Rico



The Philippines



Russia



Samoa



Serbia



Sint Maarten



Slovakia



Slovenia



South Korea



Taiwan



Thailand



Tuvalu



United Kingdom



United States