NY Times: Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls.
So then ... what’s the point?
NY Times: F.D.A. Panel Weighs Restrictions on Testosterone Drugs.
“A fifth to a quarter of men who are prescribed testosterone have not had a baseline test for their testosterone level. And 60 percent of the prescribing is done by primary care doctors, while just 20 percent of the drugs are prescribed by specialists like endocrinologists and urologists.” So it’s treated like the depression pharmaceutical market then. So what’s the problem? (tongue in cheek)
ISAW Papers: “The Cosmos in the Antikythera Mechanism.”
This is a couple of years old, but since the mechanism is in the news these days, I thought it might enlighten some who didn’t take the time to skim through it.
$3 Million Gift Creates Stuttering Institute at UT Austin, Provides Free Treatments.
Watch Odile hit Arizona and NM on the National Weather Services’ advanced weather data display.
Here. Took a minute or two to boot up on my browser.
Past Horizons: Deadly injuries to skull and pelvis of Richard III revealed.
Incorporates an excellently descriptive video. Everything you need or want to know, right here.
NewsMax: Google Wants to Fly Drones Over New Mexico.
ABC: Experts - Chopin’s Heart Shows Signs of TB.
“The experts said heart is ” very well preserved,” but they did not open the jar.” The benefits of a long soak in quality cognac.
Archaeology News Network: Massive 5,000 yr old stone structure found in Israel.
Guardian.UK: Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change.
Stop it (again). I deal with so many clients overseas now, I find myself constantly apologizing for media-reported American idiocies.
Vox: Winter is coming, in one gif.
Stop that. I love summer.
BBC: Rare colossal squid thawed for examination in New Zealand.
During the video we find that sperm whales like to play with their food.
Archaeology News Network: Third chamber at Amphipolis tomb deemed unstable.
Includes a diagram of the tomb, as excavated. I wonder if they couldn’t also remove the overburden above the tomb, to reduce the weight.
Archaeology News Network: The Amphipolis caryatids revealed.
Good lordy, just look!
Later: They’ve entered the third section.
Vox: Is asteroid mining legal? Congress wants to make it so.
“The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 — a UN treaty signed by 102 countries, including the US — bans countries from appropriating any astronomical bodies. But there’s a dispute over whether this would apply to private companies mining asteroids. Congress seems to be arguing that it does not.” This’ll be entertaining to watch.
New Scientist: Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain.
“Problems in the cerebellum can lead to severe mental impairment, movement disorders, epilepsy or a potentially fatal build-up of fluid in the brain. However, in this woman, the missing cerebellum resulted in only mild to moderate motor deficiency, and mild speech problems such as slightly slurred pronunciation. Her doctors describe these effects as ‘less than would be expected’, and say her case highlights the remarkable plasticity of the brain.”
SciAm: Testing Males and Females in Every Medical Experiment Is a Bad Idea. [Men ONLY?!!!]
“In their Nature commentary, the nih officials argue that scientists exclude females by ‘convention’ or to avoid variability caused by hormonal cycles in females.” Um ... ladies, what do you think about this? This sounds as bad as taking an adult dose and reducing it by weight proportion for children, rather than separate studies (children are *not* ‘small adults’).
Telegraph.UK: Oldest house in Britain discovered to be 11,500 years old.
Unusually interesting history here. Shines a beam in a very knowledge-dark time.
Time: Salt Doesn’t Cause High Blood Pressure? Here’s What a New Study Says.
“We’ve reported before that the science surrounding salt is crazy confusing, and conflicting studies come out with some frequency. In keeping with the frustrating reality of so many nutrient groups, no one side has definitively won the debate.” Yes, no. Yes, no. No, yes. Listen to your body. Having a BP cuff at home isn’t a bad thing to have anyway. I’ve been surprised how many times I’ve used mine (inherited when my grandmother passed away). Fun to check BP before/after working out, cycling, etc.
Western Digs: Wyoming Cave Yields a Trove of Ice Age Fossils — and Ancient Animal DNA.
“At the bottom of a sinkhole as deep as an eight-story building, paleontologists have recovered well-preserved remains of giant camels, American lions, dire wolves and a cheetah-like big cat, among other finds.” I should think they could rig up some sort of temporary elevator or lift ... ?
Archaeology News Network: Seismic tomography of the Amphipolis tomb.
Throwing us bones, as they continue to dig. So exciting.
Archaeology News Network: ‘God’ particle could destroy Universe, warns Stephen Hawking.
Panicked? Don’t be. “The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become megastable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). [snip] A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth, and is unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.’” Watch how many media organizations sensationalize this one.
BBC: Sir John Franklin - Fabled Arctic ship found.
Forbes: Early Intervention In Babies May Eliminate Autism Symptoms By Toddlerhood.
“The study was extremely small, and will need to be replicated in a randomized trial of a larger sample of infants. But if the results stand up to more testing, it would suggest that screening in infancy might not only be beneficial, but it might need to be standard.”
BBC: Growing threat to American birds, says report.
“We’re particularly concerned about the birds that live in deserts and grasslands in the West, such as the sage grouse. These lands are being heavily used and there’s a great deal of oil and gas development, so it’s created a huge conservation challenge.” Since living in NM, I’ve noticed steep declines in the junco, towhee and chickadee/titmouse populations. Most starkly among the juncos. They usually came in clouds in the fall, now we’re lucky to see a handful.