Possibly untrue science news

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… the full video is not available anymore, but in it Patrick Dykstra describes how he’d slap bits of his equipment together to make clicking noises and the whales would respond — unfortunately Dykstra only knew how to click “hello”

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Well not science news, but an adjacent joke.

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While officials have previously noted instances where it appeared that H5N1 on dairy farms had moved to nearby poultry farms, this appears to be the first time such spread has led to documented human infections.

The link between the poultry farm cases and neighboring dairy farms is still just a hypothesis, however, Nirav Shah, the principal deputy director at the CDC, emphasized to reporters Tuesday. “It is a hypothesis that needs and requires a full investigation. But that is a hypothesis at this point,” he said of the link between the dairy farms and the poultry farm. So far, there is no direct evidence of a specific source of the poultry farm’s infection, and the route of infection is also unclear.

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If you can open these images in a new tab you might see them bigger. I can do that in Firefox; not sure about other browsers.

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So weird to think when I was a kid, we didn’t even know for sure if there were any planets in other solar systems, didn’t have any way to know, just sci-fi speculation. And here a few years later, they’ve catalogued 6700 of them.

At some point I picked up an old used Astronomy textbook at a library sale for 50¢ or so. All the pictures in it were super blurry, grainy black and white. Even then, some of the hypotheses and such that it mentioned about our own solar system had already been disproven or proven. Just amazing how much it has developed in my own lifetime, as well as the generation or two before. Pluto hadn’t even been discovered yet 100 years ago.

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It has been amazing what’s been discovered in just the last few years. I had an astronomy book as a kid that showed a dramatic drawing of an early theory, of a star swinging by the sun and pulling all the planets out by gravity.

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If you see this brand of cookie, stay away. They come in 3 or 4 varieties.

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I discovered these during the pandemic, and have bought them on-and-off over the past few years, when I find them. They are very tasty. I have had a suspicion about them for a while, but I have now officially determined these are the cause of why I feel sick some weekends. They cause, in the words of Olestra, fecal urgency. Remember that term?

There is nothing in the ingredients that seem suspicious. Or at least, no more suspicious than other mass-produced foodstuffs.

Wheat Flour; Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [an emulsifier], Natural Vanilla Extract, Salt); Margarine (Vegetable Oil [Canola, Cottonseed and/or Soybean Oil], Palm Oil, Water, Salt, Mono- and Diglycerides [Mono- and Diglycerides, Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid (Antioxidants)], Soy Lecithin [an emulsifier], Natural Flavor, Annatto Extract [Color], Turmeric Oleoresin [Color], Vitamin A Palmitate); Brown Sugar (Beet Sugar, Cane Syrups); Sugar; Egg Whites; Fructose; Invert Syrup; Water; Baking Soda; Natural Vanilla Flavor; Salt;

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