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The next phase of the telescope is to figure out how to tilt each mirror segment to get the best focus possible on the images, which may take several months.
The telescope is going to orbit a position 2,930,000 miles from Earth. Webb's telescope is also complete with a sunshade that will block heat that may interfere with its detectors. Once the camera cools to an operational temperature, Webb will be pointed at a bright star and mosaics will map out the size of it.
Friday, January 21, 2022
Iron Fertilization can reduce atmospheric CO2 levels as much as we want, but there is no immediate need for it.
Nature can handle pollution up to a certain point until it becomes too much for nature to handle. Increased CO2 levels have benefited the environment due to increased plant growth. An argument can be made that plants were CO2 starved. We don't want to throw away something that is actually very beneficial.
Weather-related deaths are down 98% over the last 100 years. Cold kills more people than heat.
I don't consider CO2 a pollutant until it becomes too much. That might be in the 800 to 1000 PPM range. Long before we reach that point, we will be running out of most fossil fuels and Nuclear Fusion will likely be a reality.
On Thu, Jan 20, 2022, at 2:09 AM Larry wrote:
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Vaccines offer some protection against the spread of COVID:
Vaccines help protect against the spread of the Delta Variant:
Vaccines protect against the spread of the Delta variant but for only 3 months:
Vaccines are 75% effective against the Delta Variant:
Breakthrough infections only occur in a small proportion of vaccinated people:
Vaccines are safe and effective. Less effective against variants:
A large number of cases are among the unvaccinated:
Vaccines do not prevent spread within households, but unvaccinated more likely:
Vaccinated people carry less infectious virus particles:
Boosters protect against Omicron:
Booster protection against Omicron wanes in 10 weeks but prevents severe disease.
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This is regarding all the anti-vax people. In the United States, this was originally around 20% of the population but now it might be slightly less. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/12/26/heres-how-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy-has-and-hasnt-changed-over-2021/?sh=7ffac54673ba) There are some unwilling to take the COVID vaccine who otherwise would not be anti-vaccine. However, around 40% of the U.S. population is still not fully vaccinated.
An individual who is anti-vax might not catch the disease, or if they do they might not spread it to other people, but statistics say that they do catch the disease then they are likely to spread it to multiple people. The anti-vax crowd as a whole is causing more people to get sick and die by spreading the disease, but also by spreading a great deal of misinformation. I routinely get emails from friends with completely absurd statements about the vaccines that are not backed by science and are easily debunked. People follow this information like it was the gospel truth. So-called experts lacking any form of relevant credentials promote this information without backing it up with any convincing evidence or peer-reviewed studies. When you look at the particulars of the claims being made, they fall apart quickly. Yet, if you try to confront people with evidence, they just double down on their anti-vax position.
My frustration with the anti-vax crowd is turning to anger. I have more than one family member who would most likely die if they were to catch COVID-19. The anti-vax people care a great deal about their risk with the vaccines, which is so minuscule that it is hardly worth mentioning, but they don't seem to care at all about the much greater and very real risk to other people. If the death rate of the disease were around 25%, I don't think that we would be having this discussion, but since the death rate is only around 2% for known cases, it is in an area where people start to think that it is not important. Because the disease mostly kills the elderly and people with comorbidities, I often hear the excuse that those people would have died anyway. However, those people's lives still matter, and they most likely would live years with whatever medical conditions they have. They don't deserve to have their lives cut short by a mostly preventable disease.
In the year 2020, we had 20% more deaths than normal.
There is much misinformation floating around about how the vaccines don't prevent you from getting the disease, nor prevent you from spreading it. However, the data shows that vaccinated people are much less likely to get the disease, spread it, have severe symptoms, get hospitalized, and die. Getting any vaccine is playing the odds; it doesn't fully protect you, but it is far better than nothing.
People are confused because the immunity from the vaccines has waned over time and the vaccines are less effective against the variants. However, we always knew that any form of immunity would wane over time and that eventually we would need boosters. The vaccines were designed to combat the original COVID-19 disease, against which they are incredibly effective. We always knew that variants could arise and that we might need different or modified vaccines.