NY Times: In the ‘70’s, an impending ice age was the great worry of the time.
Global Warming Could Forestall Ice Age. Few remember the ice age ‘panics.’
WSJ.com: It’d be nice to avoid DEET.
Mosquito Bites: The Real Reason Some People Are Immune. “The researchers have identified a handful of the body’s chemical odors—some of which may be related to stress—that are present in significantly larger concentrations in people that the bugs are happier to leave alone. If efforts to synthesize these particular chemicals are successful, the result could be an all-natural mosquito repellent that is more effective and safer than products currently available.”
SF New Mexican: Dig anywhere in Santa Fe, you’re bound to find something historical.
SEED: No, this article’s not interesting. (You’re not looking, right?)
Truth or Lies. “... we have based our society on the assumption that deciding to lie or to tell the truth is within our conscious control. But Harvard’s Joshua Greene and Joseph Paxton say this assumption may be flawed and are probing whether honesty may instead be the result of controlling a desire to lie (a conscious process) or of not feeling the temptation to lie in the first place (an automatic process).”
BBC NEWS: IVF with three parents?
Ars Technica: Why worry about flu, when you can worry about a new Maunder Minimum?
AnesthesiologyNews: On Propofol abuse.
Very interesting in light of the Jackson story ... esp. the link to emotional trauma: Propofol Abuse Growing Problem for Anesthesiologists.
The big news in New Mexico is boobies.
CNET News: Patching an ailing heart.
CNN: Yeah, yeah ... blame somebody else.
Study: Global warming sparked by ancient farming methods. “Ancient man may have started global warming through massive deforestation and burning that could have permanently altered the Earth’s climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.”
BBC: Simon and Garfunkle got it wrong, for plants.
Herbs ‘can be natural pesticides’. Clove and mint and rosemary and thyme.
NASA: Back to the Moon, perhaps Mars, if we’ve got the pocket change.
Miller-McCune: Monkey see, monkey do.
Children Exposed to ‘Togetherness’ More Likely to Help. “A new study finds 18-month-olds who were subtly introduced to the concept of togetherness were far more likely to help someone in need.” Once again, I’m surprised researchers are surprised.
The New Yorker: Speaking of interpretation ...
Should we hate Judas Iscariot? “All this, I believe, is a reaction to the rise of fundamentalism—the idea, Christian and otherwise, that every word of a religion’s founding document should be taken literally. This is a childish notion, and so is the belief that we can combat it by correcting our holy books. Those books, to begin with, are so old that we barely understand what their authors meant.” Can’t force modern society into an ancient archetype, and it is endlessly futile to try ... I suppose that’s why it’s a lucrative business for many.
SF New Mexican: Saying no to plastic packaging.
Hold the plastic: Consumers are ingesting more than they bargain for, through food packaging. “Your kitchen is a laboratory. The traditional materials used in laboratories are glass, ceramics and stainless steel, because these materials are relatively inert and do not affect the results of laboratory experiments, so they won’t contaminate your food, either.” Hear, hear.
Scienceblogs: I feel very small and insignificant.
Hell Yeah, Hubble! Yet ... I want interstellar travel already, don’t you?
Miller-McCune Nah, I’m too busy to weblog ...
Researchers Say We Overestimate How Much Temptation We Can Handle. “Study shows that people who believe they have a high capacity for impulse control will expose themselves to greater levels of temptation and ultimately exhibit more impulsive behavior.” Oops.
Discover: Fascinating effect on Saturn’s rings.
Like the fist of an angry god. “It’s not exactly clear what’s going on here, even in this slightly zoomed shot. But it looks for all the world - or worlds — like some small object on an inclined orbit has punched through Saturn’s narrow F ring, bursting out from underneath, and dragging behind it a wake of particles from the rings.”
BBC: Itching, low level pain? Scratch that.
Scientists find an itchiness cell. “The finding suggests itching is not simply a low-level variation of pain - but a distinct sensation.”
New Scientist: Hand-sized rock maps.
Found: A pocket guide to prehistoric Spain. “‘This is a pretty spectacular find,’ says prehistoric archaeologist Lawrence Straus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. ‘It may give us a glimpse into the ways in which people navigated and explained their territories.’”
National Geographic: To toke, or not to toke ... that is the question.
Did Shakespeare Puff on “Noted Weed”? “Other substances found in the pipes are a little more puzzling. Scientists detected traces of camphor, myristic acid, and quinoline. Francis Thackeray, a paleontologist from the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, who initiated the pipe study, believes he might have an explanation. ‘Myristic acid, which is found in nutmeg, has hallucinogenic properties, and camphor, perhaps, was used to hide the smell of tobacco or other substances,’ said Thackeray.”
BBC: HIV, soon to be hacked.
Structure of HIV genome ‘decoded’. “The team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said they planned to use the information to see if they could make tiny changes to the virus. ‘If it doesn’t grow as well when you disrupt the virus with mutations, then you know you’ve mutated or affected something that was important to the virus,’ says Ron Swanstrom, professor of microbiology and immunology.”
CNN: Free their doubtful minds ...
Cooling is catching on for cardiac arrest patients. “More than 90 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest, as Dietrich did, end up dying. For more than a decade, there has been evidence that cooling a patient’s body — or therapeutic hypothermia — improves those odds. No one quite knows why, but it’s thought that the cold reduces the body’s need for oxygen and slows the deadly chemical cascade that sets in when oxygen isn’t circulating because the heart stopped beating.” You know what I’m going to cue up for this ...
Times Online: For every action, a re-action.
Fumes from rotting seaweed on France’s northern beaches could kill. “A stretch of beach had to be closed after a horse rider lost consciousness as a result of the putrefying algae. His horse was killed. Local residents have also been treated in hospital.”
BBC: The environment on Mars, is kinda like ... Martian.
Martian methane mystery deepens. “The problem is if we just take into account the photochemistry as we know it on Earth and if we put it in the model, then we cannot reproduce the model and that was a surprise. The current chemistry as we know it is not consistent with the measurements of methane on Mars. There is something else going on, something that lowers the methane lifetime by a factor of 600. So if the measurements are correct, we must be missing something quite important.” Like little green men.