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The Economist: Daily chart - Unlikely results in scientific studies.

Watch this; it might even break me of posting the latest science study news.

07/27/15 • 04:53 PM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: Plague Death Confirmed - Santa Fe County woman died of plague.

Dr. Joan Baumbach, the deputy state epidemiologist, tells SFR that it’s the health department’s policy not to release information on the location of where the 52-year-old woman likely contracted plague.” I should think it would save lives to pinpoint the location, despite a certain amount of concern on the part of residents. Plague is usually concentrated around rodent nesting areas in specific locations; radiating outwards as the summer wears on and the fleas get transferred by breeding populations.

Later: Pets are the usual vector for human infection. As the CDC explains it, plague fleas sit at the entrance to packrat and ground squirrel holes. A dog sticks their head in, and if the pet has no proper repellents applied, the dog will pick up the fleas and transfer them to their owners (adults and children). Please, PLEASE don’t waste time with essential oils, brewer’s yeast or other ‘home remedies’. You are putting everyone’s lives at risk. And if you wonder why people don’t appreciate your dog coming up to them unbidden on walking trails ... well, now you know why.

07/27/15 • 04:18 PM • HealthSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Register.UK: New study into lack of women in Tech: It’s NOT the men’s fault.

Really it happens a lot earlier than college.” You have to look at the whole timeline for young lives. Right down to the pink baby blankets.

07/27/15 • 10:49 AM • ChildhoodHistoryHuman RightsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: The Popular Blood Thinner That’s Causing Deaths and Injuries at Nursing Homes.

Rat poison. That’s what warfarin {‘Coumadin’} was created for. It needs careful dosing in humans. I hope I never have to take it. Those I’ve known who did, never really ever bounced back to any sort of robust health. It seems a treatment that ultimately makes conditions more complicated. Personal opinion - causation/correlation/all that - feel free to disagree.

07/24/15 • 07:15 PM • HealthPersonalScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Register.UK: NASA bankrolls study to seed Jupiter’s skies with flying ‘windbot’ probes.

The so-called ‘windbots’ would be packages of sensors built into a lightweight frame that could stay aloft for weeks or months at a time using propellers or a morphing body shell to harvest energy from the high-speed winds that blow around the gas giant’s atmosphere.COOL. Totally on-board with this. Make a Kickstarter, NASA.

07/23/15 • 05:26 PM • Science • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Boa constrictors’ lethal secret revealed.

Hmmm. Can I hire a few to take care of the rats, ground squirrels and thrice-damned mice?

07/22/15 • 06:46 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

History: Iron Age Graves in Britain Yield Hybrid Animals and Human Sacrifice.

“Special FX” ... even in the past.

07/22/15 • 04:06 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guernica: Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of Data.

... the average American encounters a total of 34 gigabytes of information daily.” No wonder I just tried to shelve the milk in my vitamin cabinet ...

07/21/15 • 01:45 PM • HistoryInternetNewsPsychologyScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Kickstarter: Bring Back Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit.

Yes! But don’t overrestore ... don’t clean off all that lovely Moondust.

07/20/15 • 02:46 PM • ConsumptionHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Popular Archaeology: Bones of Philip of Macedon Identified.

Wrong skeleton, but the right one is quite fascinating and fits the historical record well.

07/20/15 • 02:27 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Arctic sea ice volume showed strong recovery in 2013.

Sliver of hope? The tendency these days is to attack any science that might forestall an extraordinary effort to counter climate change. I expect this to attract similar opposition. But if this means recovery could be rapid, wouldn’t that bolster a quick, powerful thrust to diminish global warming?

07/20/15 • 10:36 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Medieval leather shoes found at Oxford Westgate dig.

Rare and wonderful.

07/20/15 • 10:22 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: The viral idea that kale is bad for you is based on incredibly bad science.

Killer Kale.” Hilarious. More often than not these days, linking any given “groundbreaking” science story is likely to require a debunk link in following days. I’m starting not to bother, unless I see proper studies done to back it up (double-blind, placebo controlled, etc. etc.).

07/20/15 • 10:05 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Link Between Religiosity, Good Health Debunked.

Any protective effect of religion is the result of fitting in comfortably with one’s surroundings — not the religious preference of those surroundings — and the reduced stress levels this alignment produces.

07/20/15 • 10:03 AM • HealthPsychologyReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Duke Today: Centuries-Old Shipwreck Discovered Off NC Coast.

Violent storms sent down large numbers of vessels off the Carolina coasts, but few have been located because of the difficulties of depth and working in an offshore environment.” Many treasures yet to be found.

07/19/15 • 11:00 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Prosthetic pin discovered in ancient Egyptian mummy.

This is simply astonishing.

07/19/15 • 10:53 AM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Bulgaria’s Valley of Thracian Kings, accidentally discovered in 1944, keeps its secrets.

The Thracians built these splendid monumental structures to last forever. [snip] We cannot just uncover them and leave them like that.

07/17/15 • 08:40 PM • ArtsHistoryScholarlyScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Does the Bible really say that global warming will make the Earth ‘vomit us out’.

A theological image, or a story, is not anchored to the historical world in any fixed way. It has its own interior logic and coherence.

07/17/15 • 12:40 PM • EnvironmentalNatureReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: After 24 years, Loch Ness Monster hunter Steve Feltham hooked on catfish theory.

Well now ... check out a photo of a Wels Catfish. That’s not a Photoshop job. Google it yourself. Good grief - might as well be a dinosaur.

07/17/15 • 08:25 AM • NatureScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The National Weather Service says our drought is still receding ... but ...

If you dig in the earth, you’ll find the ground rock-hard about six-eight inches down. There may be plenty of water at the moment, but the longer-term, less-seen effects of drought are still manifest. It’s going to take a long period of wet years to undo what’s been done - and if we start getting dry again, it’s only going to allow drought to return with a vengeance.

07/16/15 • 07:07 PM • NatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists.

I think of it more like a fly wheel or a freight train. It takes a big push to get it going but it is moving now and will contiue to move long after we continue to pushing it.” So, when can we talk population control?

07/16/15 • 12:06 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN: One year later, your ALS Ice Bucket money goes to ...

I’d wondered.

07/16/15 • 08:47 AM • GeneralHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Women rarely regret their abortions. Why don’t we believe them?

Yet for most women, according to this study, however complex their feelings are, they still believe abortion was the right choice.” Noone says it isn’t painful, heartrending. Choice needs to be preserved.

07/14/15 • 12:26 PM • HealthHuman RightsLawPoliticsPsychologyReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Public Books: Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking.

Critical thinking, in either context — as a practical skill or as a rugged comportment toward the ineffable — would seem to function as a second-order fantasy, hovering above the very thing that we cannot come to terms with in a satisfying way: the role of liberal arts in higher education.” Add curiousity in the mix, and you’ve got a potent combination. IMHO.

07/14/15 • 10:51 AM • ChildhoodPsychologyScholarlyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

I’ll spare you the closeup of Pluto.

It’s only been posted about a jillion times to every social service I subscribe to.

07/14/15 • 10:06 AM • Science • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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