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Disturbing

https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1217229051594780674

Alternative Math, and Satire Failing

And the ridiculous thing is, the comment section on YouTube is full of clueless regressives and transphobes thinking the blatant stand-ins for the Bush and Trump administrations (the actual phrase “alternative facts” originates with Kellyanne Conway), creationists, and Fox News are supposed to represent “liberals”.

Funny Scientific Names, Part 3

Parts 1 and 2 here, and yes it has been three years.

Crikey steveirwini – a snail

Buffalopterus (means “Buffalo wing”) – a eurypterid, AKA “sea scorpion”

Godiva – a nudibranch

Han solo – a trilobite (officially named after the Han Chinese and for being the last surviving species of its family, but that’s not fooling anyone)

Eoperipatus totoro – a velvet worm

Klobiodon rochei – a pterosaur, named after Nick Roche, a Transformers comic book artist who redesigned the Dinobots to be more scientifically accurate

Fubaricthys – a fossil fish

Scrotum humanum – the name initially given to the first (non-avian) dinosaur to be properly named; fortunately, it was obscure then, and became famous under the name Megalosaurus before anyone realized they were the same (can you imagine there being a sculpture of Scrotum in Victorian London?!)

Gelae baen, Gelae belae, Gelae donut, Gelae fish, and Gelae rol – fungus beetles

Dermophis donaldtrumpi – a blind amphibian that buries its head in the sand

How the world got better in 2018

Despite the efforts of many in power recently, longer-term positive trends have continued.

Nicholas C. Rossis

2018 is almost officially over, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s one for the history books. For too many, things went horribly wrong. Or so the general consensus seems to be.

And yet, there are plenty of silver linings as well. All you need to do is shift your focus and things suddenly become much brighter.

So, with let’s have a look at everything that went right for a change, courtesy of Quartz.

1. The share of global energy reached new records

Yes, carbon emissions are set to rise this year over last. We need a steep decline in greenhouse-gas emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, so the fact that we’ve yet to even flatline is more than troubling. On the other hand, there has been some good news. According to the International Energy Agency, the world got nearly 25% of its electricity from renewables in 2017

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