Turkey’s Baffling Coup (jdargis)
No less baffling was the almost amateurish behavior of the putschists, who managed to capture the chief of the general staff but apparently made no meaningful attempt to detain Erdoğan or any senior politicians. Major television channels were allowed to continue to operate for hours, and when soldiers showed up in the studios, their incompetence was almost comical.
In July 2015 Jeremy Hunt said: “Around 6,000 people lose their lives every year because we do not have a proper seven-day service in hospitals….” and by February 2016 this had increased to “11,000 excess deaths because we do not staff our hospitals properly at weekends”. These categorical claims that weekend staffing was responsible for increased weekend death rates were widely criticised at the time, particularly by the people who had done the actual research. Recent studies have confirmed higher death rates at weekends, but these showed no relationship to weekend staffing levels.
“We have, today, put down a marker by imposing record fines for a serious infringement,” Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner, said in a statement. “For 14 years, they colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers. This is also a clear message to companies that cartels are not accepted.”
Atom wranglers create rewritable memory (jdargis)
Otte’s team uses a scanning tunnelling microscope with a sharp needle, like the tiniest of tweezers, to probe the atoms and make them hop into adjacent spaces. One chlorine atom and one vacancy make one bit (there are 8 bits in one byte). Moving chlorine atoms in and out of vacant spots means researchers can switch between ones and zeroes, the basis for computer code.
Canada’s premiers agreed in March, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to have their governments develop an emissions reduction plan and present it by October. The plan would be preceded by study of “carbon pricing mechanisms adapted to each province’s and territory’s specific circumstances,” which premiers interpreted broadly to include things such as carbon capture and storage.
This publication is a warning call. But warning of what? That we are being misguided by the dominant discourse on halting catastrophic climate change. That some solutions could actually exacerbate the disaster. That the style of thinking advocated for managing it could result in a less hospitable world. The heat is on, and we are in danger of leaping out of the frying pan into the fire.
"Asthma is a common disease with large individual and societal burdens, so the possibility that UNGD may increase risk for asthma exacerbations requires public health attention,” the report’s authors noted. “As ours is the first study to our knowledge of UNGD and objective respiratory outcomes, and several other health outcomes have not been investigated to date, there is an urgent need for more health studies.”
Though Mr. Pacelle said aviaries were “not perfect,” he said he believed they represented a vast improvement over the status quo. “It does not conform to our ideal of an animal running freely and pecking at the dirt and eating insects and being warmed by the sun,” he said. “But aviaries are dramatically better than the conventional barren battery cages.”
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