March for Science: Bill Nye rallies thousands in DC amid threat of Trump budget cuts

Bill Nye, an technologist and lecturer known as the science guy through his appearances on television, spoke to thousands of enthusiastic marchers in Washington , D.C. on Saturday, declaring that science serves everyone and must be for all.

Today we have a great many lawmakers , not only here, but around the world, intentionally ignoring and actively surpassing science, he told the crowd of scientists, students and research proponents at the National Mall, according to Variety. Their inclination is misguided, and in no ones best interest.

Nye, who served as an honorary co-chair for the March for Science, chastised lawmakers who ignore scientific research in areas like climate change and railed against the Trump administrations proposed budget cuts.

The March for Science protests, according to News Corp Australia Network, come amid growing anxiety over what many see as a mounting political assault on facts and evidence and fears that research is being excluded from policymaking. Triggered by fear over the rise of alternative facts, marchers sought to present a united front, particularly against the roll back of environmental protection policies and apparent lack of support for climate change.

Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society, said the march was to remind people everywhere of the significance of science for health and prosperity, according to Variety.

The framers of the Constitution of the United States, which has become a model for constitutional governments everywhere, included Article One, Section 8, which refers to promoting the progress of science and useful arts, ” Nye said.

Nye told The Guardian earlier this week that scientists should unapologetically hurl themselves into the political fray as Trumps administration seeks to dismantle large areas of scientific endeavor, from cancer research to climate analysis.

We are in a dangerous place right now, Nye told The Guardian. Science has traditionally been political but we dont want science to be partisan. Objective truths had now become put aside and lessened and lawmakers are acting like a strong belief in something is as valid as careful peer review.

More than 600 companion marches conveying a global message of scientific freedom without political interference occurred around the world.

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Snapchat is now easier to use thanks to the addition of a search bar

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Snapchat’s major redesign is here.

As expected, the app’s new look, which features a search bar and several other UI nips and tucks to make it easier to employ, is now live for iOS users.

One of the things first-time Snapchat users complain about is how complicated and confusing the user interface is. You can swipe up, down, left and right, and many of the icons have no justification. Most people only don’t know where to begin.

The redesigned app can still be a little confusing if you’ve never use it before, but the new search bar located at the top of all of the app’s screens definitely helps to make it easier to jump into private chats and group chats.

Additionally, the search bar also shows shortcuts for recently added friends and friends( from your provided contacts ), you might want to add.

One feature that doesn’t appear to be active yet is the ability to search for live stories.

There’s a new search bar at the top of all of the app’s screens.

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Tap on the search bar to rapidly jump into a chat or add friends. You can also search for Discover channels.


The old version of Snapchat didn’t make it very clear it supported Bitmoji.


The new update puts Bitmoji up front( upper left ).


Old Snapchat


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Bowel cancer: Stents ‘may prevent need for colostomy bags’ – BBC News

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Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said.

The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer meeting, showed that the tube, or stent, cut health risks of complications from surgery.

Experts said colostomy pouches, to collect faeces, often frightened patients.

Globally, nearly 1.4 million cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed each year.

In the UK, more than a fifth of the cancers run undetected until the cancer blocks the intestines, leaving patients needing emergency surgery.

This unplanned surgery has a much higher danger of complications compared with routine surgery.

The patient is often in worse health, the swelling caused by the blockage can entail keyhole surgery is not possible so more invasive surgery is needed and there may not has become a colorectal expert surgeon on hand.

The death rate goes up from 2% for schemed surgery to 12% in emergency bowel cancer surgery.


After removing the tumour and surrounding bowel, surgeons are also less likely to be able to re-plumb the bowels.

One part of the colon is often tremendously distended and the other collapsing in on itself. If it cannot be put back together properly, health risks of needing a colostomy pouch rises.

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A trial on 250 patients was organised by Cancer Research UK. Half were treated with conventional surgery, but the others had a novel procedure to unblock the bowels.

Surgeons used an endoscope to discover the exact location of the blockage and then positioned a stent at the site of blockage.

When inserted, the tube is just 3mm in diameter. But over 48 hours it expands in response to body heat until it reaches 2.5 cm in diameter, creating a new clear passageway through the intestines.

The tumour is then removed once the bowels have healed and the patient has recovered from the blockage.

There was no difference in survival rates between the procedures, but the difference in the need for a colostomy pouch was stark.

In the emergency patients, 69% required a bag to rid their bodies of faeces.

In those treated with the stent, the above figures was 45%, according to data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting in Chicago.

‘Huge improvement’

Prof James Hill, who led the trial at Central Manchester University Hospitals, said: “Traditionally physicians have worried that unblocking the bowel in this way could increase the chance of cancer spreading, but our early outcomes don’t display this.

“We’re also pleased to see that this could be a style of reducing the risk of patients requiring a colostomy suitcase after their surgery, which is a huge improvement to patients’ day-to-day lives.

“These are early the outcome and we’ll need to follow up our work for three years in full to find out if this technique affects survival and end-of-life care for bowel cancer patients.”

Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said the study appeared promising. “It is especially reassuring that stenting does not increase the chance of bowel cancer spreading, ” she said.

“Whilst the majority of bowel cancer patients do not have a permanent stoma, for those who do it is possible to live well with one.

“It’s often an element of therapy that frightens patients most, so while we cautiously welcome such studies, farther long-term research is needed.”

Martin Ledwick, from Cancer Research UK, said: “This treatment isn’t suitable for everyone, but for those who are it could have a huge impact on their lives after surgery.

“Not requiring a colostomy container is likely to significantly improve the quality of life of patients.”

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Would you drink Shuzo Nagumo’s foie gras vodka and blue cheese cognac?

( CNN) As Shuzo Nagumo slides a martini glass across the bar the smell of sandalwood fills the air.

The aroma is spilling out of a plastic purse full of smoking, wrap around the glass stem.

This is Nagumo’s signature creation: a foie gras-infused vodka chocolate martini.

Funeral and vigil held for girl found dead in Holloway prison cell

A candlelit vigil was held outside the London prison where Sarah Reed, who was on remand there, was found dead in her cell in January

Hundreds of protesters held a candlelit vigil outside Holloway prison on the working day Sarah Reed, the prisoner on remand who died in her cell last month, was buried in a private household ceremony.

People braved the 30 mph breezes outside the jail, trying to keep candles lit as they listened to speakers from a number of rights groups describe what is known of the of Reeds case and the issues behind it.

Sarah Reed. Photo: Lee Jasper

Reed, who are subjected to mental health problems, was transferred from a secure mental health unit at the Maudsley straight into prison last October. She had told her family that she fought back against a sexual assault, merely to find herself facing a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Her case was ongoing when she was received unresponsive in her cell at Holloway prison on 11 January.

Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett, of the United Friend and Family Campaign stood with tears her eyes as protesters gathered for the vigil.

We need to come out and we need to make a noise and we need to show subsistence. Everybody says black lives matter; Ive always said death has no colour when it comes to the state, she said.

Lightfoot-Bennetts twin brother, Leon Patterson, was found dead in a cell in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in 1992. She added: The country is killing us one by one. There has been 1,518 deaths in police detention and zero sentences since 1990 and that shows you that something is wrong. The[ Crown Prosecution Service] is a joke, the[ Independent Police Complaints Commission] is not fit for purpose.


Two ponies pull a carriage herse. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

When there is a death in custody, if it was me or you who killed someone they would consider that a realistic prospect of conviction.

Earlier in the day, two dappled gray horses, with white feathered headdresses, pulled a white carriage hearse to the funeral service at the Church of God of Prophecy in Nunhead, south London. About 50 mourners paid their respects to Reed, among them her parents, siblings and teenage daughter.

The service was led by Pastor Sean Roye, Sarah Reeds cousin, and her friend Anthony Reed gave a eulogy. Friends and family gathered in the bitter gale outside the church after the service, waiting for the carriage, laden with posies, to be drawn away.

At the vigil outside Holloway prison on Monday night, Patricia Lamour, of Islington-based campaign group Blacksox, led speeches. She said: We are here because the Reed family could have been our family. We are here because Sarah Reed could have been our sister or our daughter.

Its not right whats happened and we are here to demand that truth and justice is found in the case of Sarah Reed.

Wail Qasim, an activist with Defend the Right to Protest, said: 30% of women who are in prisons have been previously admitted to psychiatric units. Sarah Reeds case is just the most brutal instance of what happens when people who need psychiatric are put in prisons that are not there to help people, they are there to punish people.

In Sarahs case she should never have been remanded, she should have been sent to a secure hospital. But the fact that the prison system grinds so slowly in ensuring people receive proper care shows they are not organizations fit for a civilised society.

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The dangerous business of ship salvage | Fox News

The cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground four years ago. Some salvage run was done on site, but it has been hauled to port in Genoa.( Reuters)

Its one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and it pays as little as a dollar a day.

Workers dodge toxic fumes, flames, falling blocks of steel and detonations. They work at great heights without safety equipment — and sometimes dont make it out alive.

It’s the multibillion-dollar industry of shipbreaking. From cruise ship to car carriers, tugboats to tankers, the last stop for seafaring vessels is the scrapyard, where they are stripped down, chopped up and squeezed for every last penny they are worth.

“We have documented a lot of accidents caused by falling steel blocks under which workers are crushed.”

– Patrizia Heidegger, Shipbreaking Platform

Ship-breaking yards from coastal Washington State to the coasts of Southeast Asia are set to have their busiest year on record, according to the Baltic and International Maritime Council, which estimates that there will be 40 million tons of bulk carrier ships slated for demolition in 2016.

The process begins when ships outlive their usefulness or are damaged beyond mend. The ships are sold to international brokers, who hire captains to guide them to ports where they can be picked apart.

Everything is salvaged, from the bunk beds to lifeboats to copper wiring. In places such as Bangladesh, workers with blowtorches slice up whats left of the vessel skeleton and carry the metals away to be melted down and reused in construction.

In some places, the vessel are driven up to beaches, while other vessels that are proclaimed a total loss be addressed locally at the scene of the wreck, Mike Schuler, a senior editor at the maritime news industry website gCaptain, told

Seldom does a ship slated for salvage present current challenges — as well as potential earnings — of the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship which struck the Italian island of Giglio in 2012, killing 32. After resting where it ran aground for two years, it was brought to Genoa in 2014 as part of a two-year scrapping operation.

Some ships, such as the bulk carrier Los Llanitos, which ran aground near Mexico during a hurricane in October, will never make it to a shipbreaking yard. The Mexican government is planning on dismantling the vessel in the same bumpy place where it now rests. Crews have already removed approximately 11,484 liters( 3,000 gallons) of petroleum, 489 cubic meters( 129,000 gallons) of diesel and other contaminants aboard the ship in November, gCaptain reported.

Although safe and advanced shipbreaking platforms exist in America, Europe and China, the vast majority of ship demolition occurs in countries with some of the largest yards in the world, like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh — where labor is cheap — and oversight is spotty.

We have documented a lot of accidents caused by falling steel blocks under which employees are crushed, said Patrizia Heidegger, the executive director of the nonprofit Shipbreaking Platform, which aims to prevent labor abuses and environmental risks links with the industry. There are flames and explosions caused by the unsafe handling of gas cylinders or the use of open fire inside the hull without testing the level of inflammable gases.

Heidegger told that ship-breaking also results in ocean, sand and air pollution with various toxics and the dumping of hazardous wastes.

When scrapping an end-of-life boat, liquid pollutants such as oil sludge or bilge water can easily be released to the sea or sediments once the hull has been cut open, she said. Studies have shown various negative environmental impacts on the marine fauna such as the decrease in fish population or the pollution of marine animals.

In Bangladesh, up to 60 percentage of the steel used in the country originates from the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong one of the largest in the world, according to Young Power in Social Action( YPSA ), which describes itself as a nonprofit organization working to protect shipbreakers’ rights.

There, the industry hauls in an estimated $1.5 billion a year in earnings, propped up by a workforce that is made up of around 11 percentage child labor and 41 percent of adults between the ages of 18-22 years old, the YPSA says.

Activists in Chittagong told the National Geographic that in three to four months, the average ship in a Bangladeshi yard nets a$ 1 million earning on an investment of$ 5 million, while the business is less lucrative in Pakistan, where the same investment only brings back less than $200,000.

And for all the dangers that Bangladeshi workers face, they only earn about 1 to 3 U.S. dollars per day, according to the YPSA.

The biggest supplier of ships to South Asian shipbreaking yards is Greece, which sold 87 in 2015, according to data released Thursday by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.

Backed by the Greek government, they continue to refuse liability for the damage done to workers and the environment in South Asia, the group said.

But some shipyards are learning that better security for their workers and protecting the environment comes with a benefit more business.

Europe has made a big push to selling to shipbreakers that just dont drive them up to beaches, Schuler told The industry seems to be really moving away from the irresponsible shipbreaking yards.

The European Union is expected to publish a listing of approved ship recycling facilities by the end of the year, which the NGO Shipbreaking Platform says can be used by cargo proprietors, investors and governments to pressure shipowners into responsible business practices.

Evan Sproviero, merchant and head of projects at GMS, which describes itself as the worlds largest cash purchaser of ships for recycling, said the company has seen yards build significant progress to improve their sustainability.

The demand for responsible ship recycling is now increasing dramatically, particularly in South East Asia where 70 percentage or more of the worlds ship recycling takes place, he told As these yards assure growth for their services based on good health, safety and environmental practices, the other yards are realizing that they have to keep up with the changing times.

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