I asked Nyhan, a political scientist at Dartmouth College, about Trump’s strength in the face of attacks. “For highly controversial issues and political figures, there’s a risk that correct information is not only ineffective, but can make misconceptions worse,” Nyhan said. “People who are exposed to correct information in the context of a debate over a controversial issue can end up believing more strongly in the misperception than people who never saw the correct information.” This phenomenon is known as the “backfire effect.”
People often reject information about science, and politics, because they engage in motivated reasoning, according to Emily Thorson of George Washington University, who studies the lingering effects of misinformation on people’s opinions. “People’s pre-existing attitudes just invariably shape what they choose to believe, what facts they actually believe, what facts they actually retain, whether or not they actually believe corrections,” said Thorson. She gave me the example of Donald Trump supporters who have fallen through the gaps in the U.S. economy. “We know that in general, the unemployment rate is pretty good, the economy is doing well, but for somebody who doesn’t have a job, it doesn’t feel like that for them,” she said. “That’s going to shape what they choose to believe.”
“India’s conundrum is a coal conundrum,” says Jairam Ramesh, a former minister of the environment. Ramesh, the chief negotiator for India at the international climate change talks in Cancún, Mexico, in 2010, is the author of Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India. Last August, he welcomed me to the cramped, book-lined study in his home in Delhi and took me through the numbers on India’s energy resources.
Almost 70 percent of India’s electricity today comes from coal-fired plants. About 17 percent comes from hydropower, much of it from large dams in the northeast. Another 3.5 percent comes from nuclear. That leaves about 10 percent, depending on daily conditions, from renewables—mostly wind farms.
In a basement 15 meters under the glass pyramid of the Louvre Museum sits a linear accelerator - the Accélérateur Grand Louvre d’analyse élémentaire has been in use for about 25 years and is the only particle accelerator in the world devoted to art. The analysis is non-destructive ... the pieces of art don't need to be in a vacuum, rather the particle beam travels through avery short path to the artwork and and gap is flooded with a helium.
It's IC engine makes too much noise... oh for a battery that could store energy like petroleum... At the same time the fact the robot works as well as it does is a remarkable, if somewhat disturbing, achievement.
Tomorrow will certainly see above freezing temperatures in the extreme arctic - near the North Pole. Several stations are currently reporting over 0° C with satellite data confirming the larger extent of the heat wave. Tomorrow's highs will probably exceed 5°C - that's 41°F. To put this in perspective normal temperatures for the area are below -25°C. Above freezing temperatures between late November and early April are basically unheard of.
So it is possible you may be living in an area that is colder than the North Pole tomorrow.