By Sara Mojtehedzadeh Work and Wealth Reporter Sun., July 29, 2018 For two decades, a workers’ compensation board policy made it impossible for Ontario miners exposed to aluminum dust to make claims for neurological disorders because the science did not support a connection between the two. Now, documents obtained through a freedom of information request show the board ordered a review of the topic and created a so-called “negative entitlement” policy after an independent workers’ compensation tribunal ruled in favour of an aluminum-exposed electrical worker’s neurotoxic disability claim. The board’s ensuing protocol, instituted months later in 1997, closed the door on further claims of the same nature even though existing research was in fact inconclusive. “There was nothing definitive one way or the other. It was kind of left as a big question mark,” said Dr. Abraham Reinhartz of the evidence at the time. … [Read more...] about For 20 years, Ontario miners sickened by toxic aluminum dust couldn’t file compensation claims. Why?
Scientific reports impact factor 2017
AUSTIN, Texas: Despite advances in predicting where hurricanes are heading, forecasters are still struggling to determine a crucial factor in deciding emergency measures and evacuations: their intensity.With a better way to predict a storm's power, or intensity, people on the ground will be more prepared in knowing whether a hurricane headed their way will cause devastating floods and winds that can uproot trees like Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year, or just shake branches and rattle windows."The fact that we have a much better understanding of where these storms are going to go is a great first step. We sort of have half the circle filled in, and we need to get that other half filled in, which is that intensity component," said Steve Bowen, director and meteorologist for insurer Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting team.Due to warming sea and air temperatures, there is also more energy in storms, which might affect intensity predictions, some climate scientists have … [Read more...] about Scientists peer into heart of hurricanes to improve intensity forecast
PARIS: Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in a score of scientific studies released Monday (Apr 2).A world that heats up by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - long regarded as the temperature ceiling for a climate-safe planet - could see mass displacement due to rising seas, a drop in per capita income, regional shortages of food and fresh water, and the loss of animal and plant species at an accelerated speed.Poor and emerging countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America will get hit hardest, according to the studies in the British Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions A."We are detecting large changes in climate impacts for a 2C world, and so should take steps to avoid this," said lead editor Dann Mitchell, an assistant professor at the University of Bristol.The 197-nation Paris climate treaty, inked in 2015, vows to halt warming at "well … [Read more...] about Two degrees no longer seen as global warming guardrail
source Evgeny Belikov/Strelka Institute/Flickr Frequent social media use and screen time have been portrayed as universally bad for our health. However, a lot of research on this phenomenon has been characterized by poorly done studies and bad science. The vast majority of evidence suggests that our smartphones are not uniformly harmful, and in some cases, they may be a force for good. This is an installment of Business Insider’s “Your Brain on Apps” series that investigates how addictive apps can influence behavior. True story: I once walked headfirst into a pole on my way home from work. I can’t blame the darkness (the sun had only just begun to set), and I can’t blame my vision (I’d recently gotten new glasses). But I can blame my iPhone, whose vibration had lured me into staring at its crisp bright screen. The text I was … [Read more...] about There’s no solid evidence that people get addicted to social media — and using it could actually be beneficial
Mustafa Suleyman is a 33-year-old entrepreneur and activist. He sold his artificial intelligence company DeepMind to Google for £400 million in 2014. Suleyman dropped out of university and worked as an activist before getting involved in artificial intelligence. Mustafa Suleyman is one of the three cofounders of DeepMind, an artificial intelligence (AI) lab in London that was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million – the search giant’s largest acquisition in Europe to date. Listen to a few of Suleyman’s talks on YouTube and you’ll quickly realise that he’s a left-leaning activist who wants to make the world a better place for everyone as opposed to an elite few. He differs from many of today’s tech founders in that he genuinely seems to care about the welfare of everyone on the planet. The 33 year old – affectionately known as “Moose” … [Read more...] about Mustafa Suleyman: The liberal activist who cofounded Google’s £400 million artificial intelligence lab