‘Plandemic’ Video Removed, Pushed ‘Unsubstantiated’ Claims; Scientists Vaccinating Plants in an Attempt to Save Crops; and One Interesting Thing Most Book Authors Have in Common.
‘Plandemic’ Pushed ‘Unsubstantiated’ Claims
A 26-minute-video called “Plandemic” made rounds on the internet this week. It features Judy Mikovits, who is known as an activist who believes common vaccines are dangerous.
In the video, Mikovits pushes unsupported claims that wearing a mask can activate COVID-19. She provides no evidence and criticizes stay-at-home orders asking people to stay away from beaches. Mikovits also claims that people who received the flu vaccine had the coronavirus injected into them.
As a result, various social media platforms have removed the video since it pushed medically unsubstantiated claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we’re removing the video,” said Facebook.
YouTube is also removing the video from its service since it involves “content that includes medically unsubstituted diagnostic advice,” which is in violation of its rules.
Twitter has taken steps to remove the video as well, blocking users from using the hashtags #Plandemicmovie and #PlagueOfCorruption.
Scientists Vaccinating Plants in an Attempt to Save Crops
You might not think about plants needing medicine, but that is sometimes the case when disease or bugs strike. Scientists have now developed a new way to deliver such drugs.
The process usually involves spraying plants with pesticides, but there’s a problem with that. The drugs aren’t able to penetrate the roots.
A new method has been developed that uses microneedles called “phytoinjectors.” These needles can inject medicine directly into the circulatory systems of the plants. Normally, pesticides would have to travel between the root system and the leaves.
Mechanical engineer Yunteng Cao from MIT explained, “We wanted to solve the technical problem of how you can have a precise access to the plant vasculature. You can think about delivering micronutrients, or you can think about delivering genes to change the gene expression of the plant, or to basically engineer a plant.”
The project comes in response to a growing spread of citrus greening disease across the United States and other parts of the world. It threatens to flatten an industry worth $9 billion if a solution isn’t soon found.
One Interesting Thing Most Book Authors Have in Common
When it comes to things book authors have in common, it isn’t Google searches for “finger arthritis relief,” surprisingly.
New research shows that when professional writers become immersed in their work, they start to “hear” their characters’ voices in their heads.
There are some famous writers who have admitted in the past that they have had conversations with their imaginary creations. This includes Enid Blyton, David Nicholls, and Alice Walker.
A new survey shows that many other writers are guilty of the same thing.
The survey, conducted by researchers at Durham University, studied 181 professional writers. The findings revealed that 15 percent of writers could enter a dialogue with their characters, while 63% said they could hear their characters speak as they were writing.
One respondent wrote, “I can hear them in my mind. They have distinct voice patterns and tones and I can make them carry on conversations with each other in which I can always tell who is talking.”
Another author explained, “They sometimes tell me what I have in mind for them isn’t right. That they would never behave or speak that way.”
Yet another exclaimed, “They do their own thing! I am often astonished by what takes place and it can often be as if I’m watching scenes take place and hear their speech despite the fact I am creating it.”