Salon: Mississippi could begin prosecuting women for miscarriages.
Ol’ Miss wants to play God.
Newsweek/DailyBeast: Why Suicide Has Become an Epidemic—and What We Can Do to Help.
Looking at it sideways, as I am wont to do, it’s more dangerous to own a brain than a gun.
Discover Mag: New Bird Flu May Be Able to Spread Between People.
“Now a study in ferrets, considered the best model animal of flu transmission in humans, has found that the virus is transmissible via air and direct contact, making it possibly capable of human-to-human transmission as well. Such transmission was seen with the last major bird flu threat, H5N1, but it was limited to small number of cases.”
WSJ, MarketWatch: Study—Vitamin B treatment could curb dementia.
“After 2 years the treatment group had a loss of gray-matter mass of 0.6%, roughly in line with the shrinkage normally associated with aging; the placebo group lost more than 5%. The researchers’ conclusion: ‘B vitamins lower homocysteine, which directly leads to a decrease in GM atrophy, thereby slowing cognitive decline.’” Can’t seem to find the size (# of patients) in the study.
ScienceDaily: Origins of human culture linked to rapid climate change.
Yes; it doesn’t take much imagination to consider that when humans transitioned from hunting-gathering to farming, such landscape alterations might cause climate pattern disturbances.
Later: My above comment is nonsensical when cast against the information in the article - apologies. Thinking about too many things at once. Fingers got ahead of my brain. Thanks MGR for pointing it out.
OpenCulture: Philosopher Daniel Dennett Presents Seven Tools For Critical Thinking.
“Often known as reading in ‘good faith’ or ‘being charitable,’ this second point is as much a rhetorical as a logical tool, since the essence of persuasion involves getting people to actually listen to you. And they won’t if you’re overly nitpicky, pedantic, mean-spirited, hasty, or unfair.” Ah, I hear that one resonating through thirteen+ years of emails and comments.
Guardian.UK: Oklahoma tornado – in pictures.
Reports say they had 15 minutes’ warning.
If you didn’t know, this is the site to watch as we approach solar maximum.
SciAm: 400 PPM— Can Artificial Trees Help Pull CO2 from the Air?
LRB: Climate Change Book Reviews, by Thomas Jones.
“Perhaps the best we can hope for is that somehow – using some of the technologies and policies I’ve discussed here, and some of the many I’ve overlooked – we’ll muddle through. But only if we slow climate change to a rate that we, like other organisms that evolved when the world was mild, can adapt to. If we don’t, we may indeed be doomed. And Pyrococcus furiosus, which needs us a lot less than we may need it, will inherit the earth.”
NY Times: No Benefit in Sharply Restricting Salt, Panel Finds.
“As you go below the 2,300 mark, there is an absence of data in terms of benefit and there begin to be suggestions in subgroup populations about potential harms.” First eggs, then butter … now salt. Everything in moderation.
NY Times: My Medical Choice.
Angelina Jolie undergoes a voluntary double mastectomy. Gutsy lady.
SciAm: Riding Technique Affects Horse Force.
“Researchers filmed dressage riders as they trotted using both techniques. And they found that riders who use the more bouncy ‘rising trot’ actually keep their center of mass more steady when they stand—which reduces the force on the horse’s back.” Never sit like a sack of potatoes. Terrible for the horse.
NY Times: From Isabella Rossellini, Creature Moms.
What’s “natural” for a mother? Seems a whole lotta cannibalism goin’ on.
BBC: ‘Dramatic decline’ warning for plants and animals.
“The good news is that our research provides new evidence of how swift action to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases can prevent the biodiversity loss by reducing the amount of global warming to 2C rather than 4 degrees.””
Business Insider: Europeans All Closely Related, Gene Study Shows.
“In fact, it’s likely that everyone in the world is related over just the past few thousand years.” Brothers and sisters, I welcome you to the fold.
Discover Mag: New Species Suggests Small Dinosaurs Were More Numerous Than We Thought.
Maybe T-Rex developed in such a way as to catch lots of small fry with thick skeletons … ?
SciAm: Tests Confirm Pablo Neruda Had Terminal Cancer.
RIP … hopefully.
The Economist: English and Dravidian—Unlikely parallels.
MIT Tech Review: Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet For Over Two Years.
“Today, Richard Hughes and pals at Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico reveal an alternative quantum internet, which they say they’ve been running for two and half years. Their approach is to create a quantum network based around a hub and spoke-type network. All messages get routed from any point in the network to another via this central hub.” Eventually, cyberattacks will be obsolete … ?
Pacific Standard: What Does It Take for Traumatized Kids to Thrive?
FT: The cost of hand-to-mouth living.
“If you were to ask wealthy Americans to visualise the future, they might well describe it as a carefully calibrated road along which they expect to travel. But if you ask poorer Americans, who are scrambling from pay check to pay check, they are more likely to perceive the future as a chaotic series of short-term cycles.”
National Geographic: Wright Brothers Flight Legacy Hits New Turbulence.
The relationship between Langley and the Smithsonian is well-known. The ‘proof’ is in building a replica and flying it, really. The photos of Whitehead’s creations are not exactly belief-inspiring. Lots of wing, not enough control surface for all three axes of flight.
Later: A thorough debunking. Apparently replicas have been flown … but with modern engines.
ArtDaily: French archaeologists uncover a Gallic necropolis from the 4th/3rd centuries BC.
Bullseyes mark the spot.
Guardian.UK: US rejects EU claim of insecticide as sole reason for bee colony collapse.
Well, now time will tell if they’re right.