Tag: Science and the scientific method

Developing a Vaccine for Covid-19. What To Expect?

Yves here. Let us hope the race to get a Covid-19 vaccine out does not give anti-vaxxers new talking points. By Ignacio Moreno Echanove, an epidemiologist Given the hype and hysteria about Covid-19 I tried to escape for a while from the tunnel vision we are immersed and have a general vision on what is […]

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COVID-19 Math Explained, With Data

Yves here. Even though experts voice doubts about whether COVID-19 is as well contained as their data suggests, it is still true the the R0, or the basic reproduction rate rate, of an infectious disease is not etched in stone and is estimated by modeling. From a 2019 paper posted at the CDC: The basic […]

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According to the WHO, Coronavirus Is WORSE Than the Spanish Flu … Which Killed Tens of Millions of People

Yves here. I don’t like seeming like a scaremonger, but I see way too much evidence that people are not taking coronavirus risk seriously enough. For instance, I have been e-mailing the service that employs my mother’s home health care aides about handwashing every time they come in the door.  I’ve had to send the […]

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Why Is Trump Trying to Kill a Small Agency with a Big Impact on Public Safety?

Yves here. If coronavirus goes much of anywhere in the US, and that looks to be reasonably likely, Trump having cut the staffing of the CDC and reducing spending on other programs and bodies tasked to protecting the public may finally get the attention it warrants. The big reason the Republicans (and their allies among […]

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Secret US Chemical Warfare Contracts at the UK Porton Down Lab – Dead Monkeys Tell Their Tales, But Live Skripals Can’t

Yves here. Helmer finds more holes in the official story about the Skripals and the UK’s activities at Porton Down. Even more details to be found in his new book! By John Helmer, the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only western journalist to direct his own bureau independent of single national […]

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Coronavirus: Panic Starting

Despite what the unprecedented lockdown of areas in China that produced 70% of its GDP, and the use of hazmat suits, revealed about what Chinese officials were seeing, the rest of the world remained oddly complacent about what the novel coronavirus meant for them. How reassuring was it really if the disease had moderated as […]

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The Paris Agreement Set an Unrealistic Target for Global Warming. Now What?

By Shannon Osaka. Originally published at Grist It’s been a rallying cry for activists and a key talking point for diplomats. For decades now, 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming has been viewed as a “do not cross” line in climate policy, a temperature at which cataclysmic and potentially permanent damage to […]

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