Category Archives: Science

“When, exactly, do abortion opponents think life begins?”

The New York Times – Opinion: Life Begins at Conception (Except When That’s Inconvenient for Republicans). “It’s almost as if abortion bans aren’t actually about “life” at all.” By Molly Jong-Fast.

“But what are we to make of what happened on Feb. 22, when a 24-year-old woman from Honduras went into labor at 27 weeks pregnant and delivered a stillborn baby at an ICE detention center? According to ICE, “for investigative and reporting purposes, a stillbirth is not considered an in-custody death.” Where were the cries of outrage from pro-life corners? Do some lives begin at conception and others don’t? Is an immigrant fetus less of a person than a citizen fetus?

Many pro-choice pundits make the argument that abortion opponents are hypocrites for their lack of concern about maternal health and early-childhood programs, and they are. But these inconsistencies about when “life” begins are far more revealing. The idea that fertility clinics should be allowed to end “life” in the pursuit of resolving infertility is wholly illogical; the notion that an in-custody stillbirth at 27 weeks is not a death, but that an abortion at six or eight weeks is a murder punishable by up to 99 years in prison, requires wild feats of mental jujitsu.

It’s almost as if the Republican Party considers “life” to be a completely arbitrary notion. It’s almost as if this isn’t actually about “life” at all.”

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“Wenn etwas kontinuierlich wächst, dann ist das keine positive Entwicklung. Das ist Krebs.”

Bundespressekonferenz vom 12.03.2019: “Scientists for Future” zu den Protesten für mehr Klimaschutz. (YouTube, 46:25min)

“Stellungnahme von Wissenschaftlerinnen & Wissenschaftlern zu den Protesten für mehr Klimaschutz (#Scientists4Future) mit:
– Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel, Generalsekretärin des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU)
– Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen, Arzt, Wissenschaftsjournalist
– Volker Quaschning, Professor für Regenerative Energiesysteme an der HTW in Berlin
– Prof. Dr. Karen Helen Wiltshire, Stellv. Direktorin des Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)
– Luisa Neubauer, Fridays for Future
– Jakob Blasel, Fridays for Future”

Diskussion um Klimawandel im Vorfeld der Europawahl

Das Video von Rezo mit dem Titel Die Zerstörung der CDU. (YouTube, 55:08min) hat für große Aufregung und massenhaft Diskussionen gesorgt. Dabei wurde zum Teil auch die Richtigkeit bzw. Belastbarkeit seiner Aussagen in Frage gestellt u. a. weil er selbst kein Wissenschaftler ist. Wem seine Quellenangaben nicht genügen, dem sei das folgende Video ans Herz gelegt:

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim (promovierte Chemikerin) alias mailab: Rezo wissenschaftlich geprüft, feat. Eckart von Hirschhausen. (YouTube, 21:42min)

Und nicht vergessen: Morgen wählen gehen!

13 Minutes to the Moon

BBC: 13 Minutes To The Moon: new BBC Podcast tells the story of the people behind the Apollo 11 moon landing.

“On 13 May 2019, the BBC will be launching 13 Minutes To The Moon, a 12-part series covering the Apollo programme through the final dramatic 13-minute descent of the Apollo 11 mission, when everything came close to going badly wrong. Communication was breaking down, technology was failing and fuel was running out.
[…]
The final episode will be recorded live at Houston’s Rice University, where U.S. President John F. Kennedy made his speech in 1962, famously announcing his ambition to take humankind to the moon. It will be released on the exact 50th anniversary of the moon landing, 20 July 2019.”

I’ve only found this today, but the first two episodes as well as some trailers are already available for download.