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Steven Perez

Steven Perez

Hopping Master of the White Rain. Rabbit of the Radical Mien. As old as my skin, and a little older than my teeth. GV: (830) 743-9770.
The [three-fifths compromise] richly rewarded the southern states, artificially inflating their House seats and electoral votes and helping to explain why four of the first five presidents hailed from Virginia. This gross inequity was to play no small part in the eventual triumph of Jeffersonian Republicans over Hamiltonian Federalists. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
There is something chilling and totalitarian about this insistence that cops have the right to do as they wish without what amounts to public oversight. What is it they fear? After all, the officer who is being videotaped can protect himself by doing one simple thing: his job. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
liberalsarecool: Conservatives want to conserve the old ways. The changes required to move forward threatens their entitled mindset. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Conservatives want to conserve the old ways. The changes required to move forward threatens their entitled mindset.
Debunking 8 Myths About Why Central American Children Are Migrating - http://inthesetimes.com/article...
kqedscience: 64 Percent of Women Scientists Say They’ve Been Sexually Harassed Doing Field Work “Most women working in the sciences face sexual assault and harassment while conducting field work, according to a study released Wednesday that is the first to investigate the subject. The report surveyed 516 women (and 142 men) working in various... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience:
 64 Percent of Women Scientists Say They’ve Been Sexually Harassed Doing Field Work 
“Most women working in the sciences face sexual assault and harassment while conducting field work, according to a study released Wednesday that is the first to investigate the subject.
 
The report surveyed 516 women (and 142 men) working in various scientific fields, including archeology, anthropology, and biology. Sixty-four percent of the women said they had been sexually harassed while working at field sites, and one out of five said they had been victims of sexual assault. The study found that the harassers and assailants were usually supervisors. Ninety percent of the women who were harassed were young undergraduates, post-graduates, or post-doctoral students.”
 
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jtotheizzoe: skunkbear: The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests. Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.
 
 
Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:
  
Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.
  
First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:
  
 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.
  
She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)
 
You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.
  
This is the most adorable experiment that has ever been done.
kqedscience: Discovery Of ‘Electric Bacteria’ Hints At The Potential For Alien Life “Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It’s a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.” Learn more from io9. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience:
 Discovery Of ‘Electric Bacteria’ Hints At The Potential For Alien Life 
“Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It’s a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.”
 
Learn more from io9. 
kqedscience: Flexible Printed Batteries May Soon Power Wearable Tech “A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultra-thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience:
 Flexible Printed Batteries May Soon Power Wearable Tech 
“A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultra-thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels and environmental sensors.
 
The company’s approach is meant to make the batteries safe for on-body applications, while their small size and flexibility will allow for product designs that would have been impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. Even in small formats, the batteries can deliver enough current for low-power wireless communications sensors, distinguishing them from other types of thin batteries.”
 
Learn more from mashable.
kqedscience: Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain "Ani Patel, an associate professor of psychology at Tufts University and the author of “Music, Language, and the Brain,” says that while listening to music can be relaxing and contemplative, the idea that simply plugging in your iPod is going to make you more... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience:
 
Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain
"Ani Patel, an associate professor of psychology at Tufts University and the author of “Music, Language, and the Brain,” says that while listening to music can be relaxing and contemplative, the idea that simply plugging in your iPod is going to make you more intelligent doesn’t quite hold up to scientific scrutiny.
“On the other hand,” Patel says, “there’s now a growing body of work that suggests that actually learning to play a musical instrument does have impacts on other abilities.” These include speech perception, the ability to understand emotions in the voice and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.”
 
Learn more from KQED’s MindShift blog.
kqedscience: Don’t Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes “Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments. Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience:
 Don’t Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes 
“Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.
 
Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. They even ran glucose tests on artificial urine and anemia tests on blood, all with the samples sitting inside bubble wrap.”
 
Learn more from NPR. 
bookishboi: lastrealindians: Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition. Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community
 
New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.
 
Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.
 
Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.
 
She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.
 
READ MORE HERE: http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/
  
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ecowatchorg: Detroit Stops Water Shutoffs For 15 Days Though officials say they aren’t backing down to pressure from protesters and other activists, Detroit announced Monday morning that it will suspend its water shutoffs for 15 days. SEE MORE: http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 Detroit Stops Water Shutoffs For 15 Days 
Though officials say they aren’t backing down to pressure from protesters and other activists, Detroit announced Monday morning that it will suspend its water shutoffs for 15 days.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/21/detroit-stops-water-shutoffs/
ecowatchorg: Landmark Decision Approves Seismic Airgun Testing for Oil & Gas Drilling Off Atlantic Coast The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will allow extensive seismic airgun testing off the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts. Seismic testing could cause major impacts to marine wildlife and the ocean ecosystem, and pave the way for offshore... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 Landmark Decision Approves Seismic Airgun Testing for Oil & Gas Drilling Off Atlantic Coast 
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will allow extensive seismic airgun testing off the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts. Seismic testing could cause major impacts to marine wildlife and the ocean ecosystem, and pave the way for offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/21/seismic-airgun-testing-oil-gas-drilling/
ecowatchorg: How Does U.S. Rank in Energy Efficiency? While the rest of spent much of the past month watching the World Cup, hoping our fandom would help push the U.S. to a better outcome, one nonprofit was busy ranking the world’s top energy efficiency performers. SEE MORE: http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 How Does U.S. Rank in Energy Efficiency? 
While the rest of spent much of the past month watching the World Cup, hoping our fandom would help push the U.S. to a better outcome, one nonprofit was busy ranking the world’s top energy efficiency performers.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/20/u-s-rank-energy-efficiency
Why would the U.S. be the leading nation with the highest amount of doubt about the conventional wisdom of climate change? … I think that’s exactly right: Me. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
saveplanetearth: From flood barriers to fish stocks, a new super-graphic tracks how climate change is likely to alter human behaviour. Beginning with how humans interact in today’s world, the project then builds up a picture of what different regions can expect when climate change kicks in. Pulling it altogether makes of a stark vision of the... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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From flood barriers to fish stocks, a new super-graphic tracks how climate change is likely to alter human behaviour. Beginning with how humans interact in today’s world, the project then builds up a picture of what different regions can expect when climate change kicks in. Pulling it altogether makes of a stark vision of the complexity of climate impacts. See the full super-graphic here @ Met Office
greenthepress: Sunday news shows are finally starting to cover climate change, after nine senators called for more global warming reporting on those shows. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated that the Sunday shows are important not only “because they talk to millions of people, but they go beyond that by helping to define what the establishment... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
greenthepress:
  
Sunday news shows are finally starting to cover climate change, after nine senators called for more global warming reporting on those shows. 
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated that the Sunday shows are important not only “because they talk to millions of people, but they go beyond that by helping to define what the establishment considers to be important and what is often discussed during the rest of the week.”
 
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mediamattersforamerica: Sunday shows covered climate change as much in the first half of 2014 as in the last four years combined. This is a huge jump in reporting on the issue, but how much of it relied on false balance instead of accuracy?   - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
mediamattersforamerica:
 
Sunday shows covered climate change as much in the first half of 2014 as in the last four years combined.
 
This is a huge jump in reporting on the issue, but how much of it relied on false balance instead of accuracy?  
ecowatchorg: The Danger of ‘Balanced’ Climate Science in the Media The media, in attempting to offer “balanced stories” does a disservice to the public and policymakers by giving small handfuls of climate change contrarians significant attention despite the fact that nearly all climate scientists agree that climate change is underway and that it... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 The Danger of ‘Balanced’ Climate Science in the Media 
The media, in attempting to offer “balanced stories” does a disservice to the public and policymakers by giving small handfuls of climate change contrarians significant attention despite the fact that nearly all climate scientists agree that climate change is underway and that it is human-caused.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/22/danger-of-balanced-climate-science-in-media/
kqedscience: The Incredible Thing About Whale Poop Is That It Fights Climate Change “It’s not a good time to be living in the ocean. Aside from oil spills and the scourge ofplastics pollution, the seas are becoming ever more acidic due to humanity’s CO2 flooding the atmosphere. The altered PH of the water makes for a bevy of problems, from making... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience:
  The Incredible Thing About Whale Poop Is That It Fights Climate Change 
“It’s not a good time to be living in the ocean. Aside from oil spills and the scourge ofplastics pollution, the seas are becoming ever more acidic due to humanity’s CO2 flooding the atmosphere. The altered PH of the water makes for a bevy of problems, from making fish act in really weird ways to dissolving the shells of creatures critical to the marine food chain.
 
But a group of scientists from the University of Vermont and elsewhere think the ocean’s future health has one thing going for it: the restoration of whale populations. They believe that having more whales in the water creates a more stable marine environment, partly through something called a “whale pump”—a polite term for how these majestic animals defecate.”
 
Read more at motherjones.
descentintotyranny: #GazaUnderAttack - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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#GazaUnderAttack
ecowatchorg: Last Month Was the Hottest June of All Time According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global land and ocean surface temperatures combined for an average of 61.2 degrees, making last month the hottest June ever. That figure exceeded the previous record in 1998 by 1.3 degrees. SEE MORE:... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 Last Month Was the Hottest June of All Time 
According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global land and ocean surface temperatures combined for an average of 61.2 degrees, making last month the hottest June ever. That figure exceeded the previous record in 1998 by 1.3 degrees.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/22/hottest-june-of-all-time/
ecowatchorg: National Conversation on Climate Change Has Shifted Indeed, after reams of scientific evidence have appeared in the news and countless extreme weather events have landed in our communities, the issue has gone mainstream. The vast majority of Americans are no longer debating climate change; they are looking for solutions. SEE MORE:... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 National Conversation on Climate Change Has Shifted 
Indeed, after reams of scientific evidence have appeared in the news and countless extreme weather events have landed in our communities, the issue has gone mainstream. The vast majority of Americans are no longer debating climate change; they are looking for solutions.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/22/national-conversation-climate-change-shifted/
Take Action and Tell CNN: Climate Change Is News - http://action.mediamatters.org/cnn-cli...
Corporations are people. Women are not. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg: How Eating Less Beef Will Benefit the Environment The planet and its inhabitants will always welcome recycling and decreases in water and energy usage, but take a look at your beef consumption if you really want to help the environment. SEE MORE: http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 How Eating Less Beef Will Benefit the Environment 
The planet and its inhabitants will always welcome recycling and decreases in water and energy usage, but take a look at your beef consumption if you really want to help the environment.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/22/eating-less-beef-environment/
salon: Tennessee could be the Internet’s last hope. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Tennessee could be the Internet’s last hope.
ecowatchorg: How Fracking Changed the World Fracking a single well requires what Gold describes as a “movable factory,” and the equipment, trucks, pipelines and all the other associated infrastructure, as well as the demands on water, the waste and the manpower involved, are what makes modern gas drilling such a disruptive force in communities.... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 How Fracking Changed the World 
Fracking a single well requires what Gold describes as a “movable factory,” and the equipment, trucks, pipelines and all the other associated infrastructure, as well as the demands on water, the waste and the manpower involved, are what makes modern gas drilling such a disruptive force in communities.
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/22/how-fracking-changed-the-world/
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