This country has been having a nationwide nervous breakdown since 9/11. A nation of people suddenly broke, the market economy goes to shit, and they’re threatened on every side by an unknown, sinister enemy. But I don't think fear is a very effective way of dealing with things—of responding to reality. Fear is just another word for ignorance.”

- Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist

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Iran has successfully launched the newest biological capsule outside the Earth's atmosphere, according to Iranian media.

The new 500-kilogram bio-capsule was reportedly launched to an altitude of 130 kilometers using a Salman rocket. The capsule was developed as part of the implementation of Iran's roadmap for sending humans into space.

Gaza’s fragile ecosystem could be permanently damaged by a huge influx of salty seawater like that which Israel is considering pumping into the city, experts said. Some of the deepest tunnels dug by Hamas and other militant groups could be near groundwater depths, souring the area’s drinking water.

China has commissioned what is believed to be the first fourth-generation nuclear power plant located in the country's eastern province of Shandong, the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) announced on Wednesday.

The Chinese energy department said that a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor at the Shidao Bay nuclear power plant, also known as Shidaowan, was put into commercial operation after 168 hours of continuous work.

The likely nature of a strange repeating signal emanating from the vicinity of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy has apparently been deduced by researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Having analyzed data gathered by the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope between June and December last year, researchers have concluded that a flare of gamma radiation is emitted every 76 minutes or so from that area.

The measure in question would expand compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to cover Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Guam and Colorado and extending it for a further 19 years.

Several communities that were on the front lines of U.S. atomic testing are not covered by the current RECA, which is set to expire in May. 

However, it’s not clear whether the measure will make it into the annual National Defense Authorization Act and ultimately across the finish line.

Continuing with the theme here of Branch COVIDian neurosis and their pathological inability to rationally process information, here we have a fascinating pair of case studies suggesting that the shots themselves — accompanying fear porn propaganda notwithstanding — might, in fact, induce psychosis.

Via Elsevier

Recent conversations about climate change, emissions, and health have put a spotlight on the world’s energy sources.

As of 2021, nearly 90% of global CO₂ emissions came from fossil fuels. But energy production doesn’t just lead to carbon emissions, it can also cause accidents and air pollution that has a significant toll on human life.

The maker of the Omnipod 5 insulin-delivery system is warning customers that its controller device isn't registering decimal points in every case, potentially leading to dangerous doses being administered.

Insulet says it received two reports of "adverse events" directly related to the issue, without detailing exactly what these were. It has written to customers to highlight that delivery of the wrong dose can lead to "severe hypoglycemia." The company is developing a fix, although it is not yet available.