Embrace science and truth again

How did ignorance, stupidity and fear of science become so popular? In the past couple of years, this country has gone through some challenging times. We have had to deal with a serious pandemic, dozens of wacko conspiracy theories, high unemployment, a hospital system on the verge of collapse, an insurrection caused by a big lie, and TV personalities pretending they know more about virology than scientists.

The U.S. populace gets news and information from a variety of sources. But why are people so willing to believe ridiculous, outlandish and stupid things they see or hear on the internet or TV?

Take, for instance, the idea that there is a microchip embedded in a vaccine. Logic, physics and common sense tell you that’s not true, yet some people believe it. Some people want to believe anything negative about

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues anti-science guidance on schools

In another attempt to “follow the science,” a pediatrics group has issued guidance that does the exact opposite.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Monday that all children in schools who are older than two should wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, when returning to school this fall. Clearly, this guidance contradicts the well-known recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which state fully vaccinated individuals can go without a mask.

As of now, the COVID-19 vaccines have been granted emergency use authorization for individuals 12 and older. Though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last week that the authorization could be expanded to younger children, that likely won’t come until at least early-to-mid-winter.

Why should a vaccinated teenager have to wear a mask in school when he or she can go without a mask in every other situation? Why should a young

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1 in 3 parents ‘feel ill’ when trying to help their kids with math & science

LONDON — Generally speaking, parents are supposed to know more than their young children. That isn’t the case when it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) topics, however, according to a new survey. A group of parents with kids between the ages of five and 13 years-old took part in this research. Incredibly, a third admit that the very thought of having to answer a STEM-related question for their kids leaves them feeling ill.

Put together by The Institution of Engineering and Technology in London, the survey reports that 48 percent of parents don’t even know what “STEM” stands for. Meanwhile, half the poll say their children know more about science than they do. A similar number of moms and dads say the same regarding technology (44%), engineering (25%), and math (38%) knowledge.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll, also quizzed parents about some common scientific and tech terms,

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Regulatory changes needed for gene-edited animals

For the past several years, the Food and Drug Administration and USDA have battled in a turf war over which agency should be in charge of regulating gene-edited animals. New recommendations now call on updating the existing FDA regulatory framework and developing a coordinated and streamlined assessment and approval process between USDA and FDA.

For the past 18 months a panel of experts convened by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities studied the issue found that in order for gene editing in agricultural animals to unleash enormous gains in productivity, “a remodeling of the federal regulatory landscape is needed” for potential productivity gains to be realized.

The “AAVMC/APLU Gene Editing in Agriculture Task Force Report” suggests current regulatory protocols have not kept up with technological change and must be modernized for society to realize the many benefits of new scientific capabilities.

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