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Interesting Fact of the Day:

Current climate change is happening at a pace 6.2 times faster than the climate change that resulted from the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs.

We have had 1.06 C change in about 150 years. The dinosaurs experienced a 4.5 degree change over 4,000 years. So for the dinosaurs it changed at a pace of 0.001125 C per year for us it has been about .007 degrees per year. So current climate change is happening 6.2x faster than it did during the extinction of the dinosaurs.

#FOTD #Climatechange #GlobalWarming #Science #QOTOJournal

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AFAIK the radiation needs to be ionizing for mutations to occur, there it must be at least UV-light. There are some hypotheses that novel viruses mostly form in the upper atmosphere, which is also why a lot of them are caught by flying animals first. The corresponding studies haven't yet been confirmed though.

But the corona amplification by telecommunication signal theory is very unlikely. Can't say anything about the immune system effectiveness.

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@sillystring @kensanata @ScottMortimer

Best case scenario would be, to develop some actually trustful knowledge base, that teaches individuals based on their beliefs and reasoning abilities without being missionary. Needs to be decentralized like the fediverse.

Flattening the curve is really the next best thing.

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@ScottMortimer @rysiek The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is my long standing example of how we failed to teach critical thinking. It emulates all the things that convince people these days: it has references, reports, activities, links, big names, and on and on. But you still have to know that there are no cephalopods in trees… zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

@wolf480pl
that basically applies to all monteray related issues, cancer research being another prime example.

Regarding 5G: Even I, as a physicist, am not convinced that more electromagnetic pollution in our environment doesn't have any negative consequences whatsoever. Though, if there are any meaningful consequences, they're at best circumstantial or a very subtle effect. Conspiracy theories stretch such appropriate doubts towards absurdity, impacting true criticism badly

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and the core of the problem is that governments and other institutions are in fact involved in shady actions. Therefore, once someone begins to be doubtful, it's hard to draw the line where accusations are truthful and which of them are crackpot fantasies. Especially since the sources are all over the place and none of them has (or even can have) official approval. While there are obvious candidates like flatearth, other theroies are on the brink of "maybe possible"

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@rysiek
I think the logical aspect is only part of the equation. It ultimately comes down to which source of information is most trustworthy for an individual. Conspiracy theories start to form when there is skepticism about established institutions, most notably in politics. But the same goes for other areas where you need to trust expert opinion, if its not feasible to learn everything yourself. Logical consistency can only go so far, with flat earthers being a prime example
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@rysiek
true to that. Though even the best schooling will only shift or stretch the intelligence distribution. I fear it will always be some kind of thermal like distribution, where the people on the lower end misunderstand the state of the art of reasoning.

Maybe the current trend of science media will at least spark enough interest in younger people to raise a good chunk of the base intelligence above idiocy levels

@wolf480pl

another awesome video by , this time covering the functionality of bringing yet another explanation why 5G towers aren't dangerous. Not that any of the consipracy guys will be convinced by this. The core of the video is the technical background anyways.

youtu.be/g-gGeAe-PJA

@wolf480pl
according to some studies, 10% of "true believers" within a given population are enough for ideas to spread successfully. So either tech literacy must be far below that figure or the conspiracy guys are above it.

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The 5g conspiracy craziness are but the latest example showing that a civilization's technological progress is hard-limited at any given time by the quality of education a median member of the society has received.

@beko Gut das sich in Deutschland mehr zu dem Thema entwickelt. War erst demletzt bei einem Vortrag von Reutlinger Kollegen, bei dem deren Bildverarbeitungs-Methoden zur Batterie Prüfung gezeigt wurde. Da merkt man erst wie komplex die Qualitätsanforderungen sind, damit nicht plötzlich irgendwelche DHL transporter auf der Straße ohne weiteres in Flammen aufgehen.

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The second Crust of Rust video is up! We went over how to implement the vec! macro, including how to get it to efficiently pre-allocate memory for the provided elements. Get it while it's hot! 🥧 #rustlang youtu.be/q6paRBbLgNw

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@jonhoo actually I also feel motivated by this to try out your longer videos once again. Only started applying rust since january very sporadically but it already feels quite familiar and many of the topics you presented here weren't that hard to grasp. I think if you'll focus on effective use of traits and the borrow checker in this series, most of the difficulties in adopting the language should be resolved for those with programming experience.

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I'm going to call it "Crust of Rust", hoping that a name will make me do more of these (assuming y'all find this one useful). It fits well, since I'm covering the scarier "edges" that come up for more intermediate Rust users in bite-sized chunks 🥧 If you have ideas for other Rust crusts, send them my way! Try to think of topics that could be covered in ~90m. I'll start curating a list of session topics, and hopefully I'll find the time to do another in not too long. In the meantime, stay safe!

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The recording of my first #rustlang mini session is now up! We covered lifetime annotations through a real code example, and people seemed to follow along and understand why the lifetimes were needed and how they worked 🎉 Watch it at youtube.com/watch?v=rAl-9HwD85.

@nergal might be that microsoft is pushing the language but python is really the go to language for beginners and (data) scientists. you could say google is pushing it hard as well with all the tensorflow stuff. Under all these circumstances it's just a matter of time until python is the most popular language.

@nergal I think the main case for R is that it's designed by mathematicians so the syntax fits more nicely with mathematical thinking. But other than that I'm not sure

But one killer App for statistics programming with R is Rmarkdown, which you can use as a notebook with executable R code. Other languages should be possible too but focus was on R. Integrates nicely with LaTeX and such for fast publication.

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My #youtube channel is now now linked in my profile information for anyone who's interested in some (#metal / #blackmetal / #science / #technology / #engineering / #programming (#rustlang focused) / #absurd / #math ) playlists and channel recommendations

if I'll ever make original content it will most likely be on different channels if at all.

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