A dark matter hurricane is slamming into us

980x’Technically, “S1” is a stream of debris from a dwarf galaxy torn apart by the Milky Way’s gravity, passing through space. What S1 is pulling along with it, though, is being described in a far more dramatic way, as “a dark matter hurricane.” Scientists believe this companion stream of dark matter (DM) is hurtling through us right now at a jaw-dropping speed of 500 kilometers a second. Hence the “hurricane” metaphor. Is it time to head down into our quantum storm cellars? Not quite. This is dark matter, after all, material we can’t directly perceive and with which we can’t interact, so no worries. On the other hand, this blast of DM has the potential to afford us our best glimpse yet of the elusive stuff.…’

Via Big Think

How the appendix may play a role in Parkinson’s disease

1245x700Is the appendix a useless organ, an immune system benefactor, a Parkinson’s disease instigator, or all of the above?

’As far back as Darwin, scientists have thought the appendix was a vestigial organ, but opinions have changed in recent years. A new study found that the appendix houses Lewy bodies, abnormal protein deposits that contribute to Parkinson’s disease. Researchers suggest an appendectomy may lower one’s risk of Parkinson’s, while other research suggests the appendix has important roles to play in our immune system.…’

Via Big Think

This is Our Lane

UnknownAn Open Letter to the NRA from American Healthcare Professionals:

’Dear National Rifle Association, On Wednesday night (11/7/2018), in response to a position paper released by the American College of Physicians (ACP) Reducing Firearm Injuries and Death in the United States, your organization published the statement “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.”

On that same day, the CDC published new data indicating that the death toll from gun violence in our nation continues to rise. As we read your demand for us doctors to stay in our lane, we awoke to learn of the 307th mass shooting in 2018 with another 12 innocent lives lost to an entirely preventable cause of death–gun violence.

Every medical professional practicing in the United States has seen enough gun violence firsthand to deeply understand the toll that this public health epidemic is taking on our children, families, and entire communities.

It is long past time for us to acknowledge the epidemic is real, devastating, and has root causes that can be addressed to assuage the damage. We must ALL come together to find meaningful solutions to this very American problem.

We, the undersigned – physicians, nurses, therapists, medical professionals, and other concerned community members – want to tell you that we are absolutely “in our lane” when we propose solutions to prevent death and disability from gun violence.

As the professionals who manage this epidemic, we bear witness to every trauma resuscitation, regardless of outcome:…’ (AFFIRM, the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine)

If you are a healthcare professional, you can add your signature to this letter, as I did.

Trump’s Vicious Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Rule Change

UnknownHelp Stop Trump Demonization of Immigrants:

An individual who might become a “public charge”, according to US immigration law, is inadmissible to the US and ineligible to become a permanent resident. However, up to now, receiving public benefits does not automatically qualify an immigrant as a public charge. Thus, non-citizens could apply for public benefits and participate in essential health, nutrition and housing  programs without jeopardizing their immigration status. (Via Public Charge Fact Sheet). 

However, the Trump administration has proposed changes to the “public charge” regulation to remove those essential protections. This would be Donald Trump’s most far-reaching immigration policy change and one of his most mean-spirited actions.

Under the proposed rule, the list of public benefits that count against an immigrant would greatly expand. The benefits that the administration proposes be added to the public charge list are benefits that support disadvantaged families and protect public health and child welfare. Immigrants currently receiving public services would incur increased risk of deportation and would be excluded from becoming permanent residents of the US. The chilling effect of the regulation would prevent many others from applying for benefits and services in the first place. If enacted, this regulation would dramatically enhance the misery of many immigrants who have already suffering severe misfortune.

You can submit written comments about this proposal by December 10, 2018, which must be taken into account before a final rule is issued.

So, please join me in voicing opposition to this proposed regulation.

You may submit comments on this proposed rule by any one of the following methods:

— Federal eRulemaking Portal (preferred): www.regulations.gov. Follow the website instructions for submitting comments.
— Mail: Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140.

To ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012 in your correspondence. Mail must be postmarked by the comment submission deadline.

One of many humanitarian agencies that offer further education on the proposed rule change and provide templates for drafting comments is CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.


How Will The Public Charge Rule Impact Employers And Immigrants? (Forbes)

Now the Trump administration is trying to punish legal immigrants for … (Washington Post)

Trump’s Public-Charge Rule Is a One-Two Punch Against Immigrants … (New Yorker)

Immigrants, fearing Trump crackdown, drop out of nutrition programs … (Politico)

Trump’s advisers worried about Mueller’s next steps in Russia probe

’The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to fire up again. Trump’s advisers are privately expressing worries that Robert Mueller, who’s been out of the news for the past month, has been stealthily compiling information and could soon issue new indictments or a damning final report. Trump abruptly altered the chain of command above Mueller on Wednesday, putting his work under the supervision of a Republican loyalist who has been openly sceptical of the special counsel’s authority and has mused about ways to curtail his power. But Trump and his aides are concerned about Mueller’s next move with the work that is complete, according to a White House official and a Republican with close ties to the administration.


Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russian investigation is being written right now, reports says…’

Via Medium

Apple ‘Confirms’ iPhones Have A Serious Problem

Https blogs images forbes com gordonkelly files 2018 09 2018 09 17 03 47 39’Picked up by MacRumors, iOS has started locking owners of iPhones (and to a lesser extent iPads and Apple TVs) out of their devices, disabling their Apple IDs. And Apple has now acknowledged it.

Apple’s new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are among the devices affected by the widespread Apple ID lockoutAPPLE Citing multiple reports across Reddit and Twitter, MacRumors says users are being told they can no longer use their devices “for security reasons”. In response, @AppleSupport is recognising the issue and guiding users to the company’s Support Communities page which tells users how to restore access when Apple IDs are locked and disabled.…’

Via Forbes