#107: You Can't Handle The Truth!

September 7th, 2018

60 days to go

Register to Vote -- Take Action -- Burn It Down

Thing we're loving this week that's not a certain Supreme Court candidate getting railed by Senators Harris and Booker: This Place Will Be Water. An excellent tool to get knowledgeable and organized around sea level rise in your hometown. Was happy to support their recent Kickstarter. Check it out and make some noise in your area!


This week's topic was: This Is Zero Hour - So What The Hell Are You Doing?

Our guests were Elsa Mengistu & Emelly Villa, teenage ballers behind the This Is Zero Hour Movement (don't call it a march). We talk the march, the future of the movement, and of course why old people have ruined everything, but for real this time. Check it out now.

Subscribe now to get next Tuesday's episode: Electrocuting the Shit Out of Cancer!

Our guest: Theo Roth, of UCSF, who has figured out how to -- yes, it's true -- electrocute the shit out of cancer. Brian asks a LOT of questions (you're welcome), and we find out what the future of immunotherapy really looks like.


On to the news!

Food 🍌🥑🥕🔬💊👩‍🌾

3 Lessons From Cape Town Running Out of Water

"My doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on climate adaptation decision making and governance in southern African cities. In other words, how are people organising to reduce the risks that higher temperatures, intense rainfall and dry periods pose to city residents?

My research suggests three lessons for any city looking to prepare for and manage climate extremes. These centre on preparation, leadership and an understanding that adaptation requires both big and small changes."


Clean Energy 💨☀️⚡️

How China's giant solar farms are transforming world energy

"China has more solar energy capacity than any other country in the world, at a gargantuan 130 gigawatts. If it were all generating electricity at once, it could power the whole of the UK several times over. China is home to many sizeable solar farms – including the huge 850-megawatt Longyangxia Dam facility on the Tibetan Plateau, with its four million panels. And the largest solar plant in the world at the moment is in China’s Tengger Desert – its capacity exceeds 1,500 megawatts.

These projects have cost many millions of dollars to build – but have they been worth it? And will enough of these sprawling farms ever be constructed to meet its green energy targets?"


California's Going 100% Green -- but When Will Their Vehicles?

"It took Norway about a decade to reach six percent electric vehicle sales but then only five years to go from 6 percent to 47 percent. Norway is a special case, given that the country has generous incentives that aren’t replicated elsewhere. It does show, though, that inflection points occur, and when they do, markets can change quickly."


Climate Change 🔥🌊💨

How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?

"As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or higher. See how your hometown has changed so far and how much hotter it may get."

+ More climate:

      - The limits of local/regional/state fights against climate change

      - Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut From Trump Power-Plant Proposal

      - Poorer neighborhoods are hotter than wealthy ones, surprises fucking no one who's paying attention


Biology 401 💉👾💊 

Italy's anti-vaccine push could spread around the world

"Last week, Italy's upper house of parliament voted to suspend the mandatory inoculation of schoolchildren against 10 diseases. In addition to the influence of Wakefield's study, the anti-vaxx politics are in part driven by a 2012 Italian court ruling that a child’s autism was caused by the MMR vaccine (the ruling was later overturned)."


+ The scientific community is floored

+ More bio: 

      - Crispr Halted Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs. Are Humans Next?

      - Sentences your grandparents could never comprehend: Can artificial cells be tiny bacteria fighters?

      - Hunting for humanity's antibiotic savior


Fuck Cancer, Volume CVII 🖕

This tech startup wants to connect cancer patients to treatments -- but is it unaffordable?

"How it works: A patient downloads the Driver app and gives consent for the company to collect medical records and tumor tissue. The technology then finds cancer treatments or clinical trials that are available and hospitals they can go to, which can lead to a video conference with an oncologist about next steps and future appointments. 

A "patient support team" will evaluate people's health insurance, and that may limit their options, Driver co-founder Petros Giannikopoulos said.
Driver's first product, called Hyperdrive, is targeted for cancer patients. It costs $3,000 upfront and then $20 per month as a subscription.

The second product, called Everdrive, is targeted for cancer survivors and other presumably healthy people. It costs $500 upfront with a $20-per-month subscription."

+ Health care is broken as shit


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