Washington Post: There is deeper meaning behind pretty pictures.
The Wow Factor: Joel Achenbach gives us an even briefer history of time and space. “It’s too easy to get blissed out on the eye candy. We can become a little too star-struck.”
NY Times: Why bother?
Questioning a Cancer Drug That Costs $30,000 a Month. “We believe we are fairly priced.” The article goes on to mention a child leukemia drug at $34k a week. I can’t imagine the torture of being a parent who knows there’s a therapy, can’t afford it, and must watch their child wither and die.
ars technica: Cooked data doesn’t prove existence.
Neither does it prove nonexistence. Leaked climate docs: the schools involved investigate.
NY Times: Butt, butt, butt ...
Relocating a Patient’s Fat From Thighs to Breasts. Reminds me of: “Said Farmer Brown / Who’s bald / On top / Wish I could / Rotate the crop / Burma-Shave.”
Reuters: Now we wait to see if miracles materialize.
Reuters: Building momentum.
Guardian.Co.UK: Pretty good definition of hell.
Car crash victim trapped in ‘coma’ for 23 years was conscious. That would be one of my top ten nightmares.
Bloomberg: Not something we wanted to hear in NM.
Salud! The More Spanish Men Drink, the Lower Their Heart Risk. “The study of more than 41,000 adults, published in the journal Heart, found that regularly drinking alcohol of any type lowers the danger of serious heart disease by almost a third, according to the researchers, led by Larraitz Arriola at the Public Health Department of Gipuzkoa in San Sebastian, Spain.” Encourage more drinking among men (of *any* ethnic group)? No thanks.
Reuters: Star Trek never visited a ‘crocodile world.’
New fossils reveal a world full of crocodiles. “They have given some of the new species snappy names — BoarCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc, DuckCroc and PancakeCroc — but say their findings help build an understanding of how crocodilians were and remain such a successful life form.” I get a curious thrill thinking that our SETI broadcastings may end up being returned by intelligent crocodiles ...
NY Times: Stressful life? Good time to exercise.
Phys Ed: Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious. “In those experiments, rats taught to feel helpless and anxious, by being exposed to a laboratory stressor, showed increased serotonin activity in their brains. But rats that had run for several weeks before being stressed showed less serotonin activity and were less anxious and helpless despite the stress.” Cool.
NPR: Atherosclerosis isn’t an industrial-age malady.
Ancient Egyptians Suffered From Hardened Arteries. “CT scans of 22 Egyptian mummies, several around 3,000 years old, detected significant deposits of calcium in 5 of the 16 mummies with preserved arteries, definitive evidence the people had atherosclerosis while alive.”
New Scientist: A parallel universe?
Mystery ‘dark flow’ extends towards edge of universe. “Laura Mersini-Houghton of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, thinks the flow is a sign of a neighbouring universe.” More than the Higgs Boson, I want scientists to conclusively test for the existence of parallel universes.
NY Times: The side effects and costs would seem to be the scare factors.
Forty Years’ War - Medicines to Deter Some Cancers Are Not Taken. “It has been devilishly difficult to show conclusively that something simple like eating more fruits and vegetables or exercising regularly helps. And, as the response to the prostate drugs shows, people are not enthusiastic about taking anticancer pills, or are worried about side effects or not really convinced the drugs work. Others are just unaware of them.”
NY Times: World War II subs found.
2 Japanese Subs From World War II Era Are Found Off Hawaii. “While the submarines were meant to threaten the United States directly, none of the attacks occurred. The subs were developed too late in the war, and American intelligence was too good.”
BBC: Dino looks front-heavy, to me.
Missing link dinosaur discovered. “The remarkably complete skeleton shows that the creature was bipedal but occasionally walked on all four legs.” I sincerely doubt it walked around in the position illustrated.
Times Online: Jeez, isn’t 15 a bit late?
Mandatory sex lessons for every 15-year-old. I believe ours started in 6th grade (11). The explanatory films were so vague, I remember one boy asking the teacher, “Miss—-, are you SURE we’re supposed to urinate in our girlfriends?” Still, learning on the street wasn’t much more accurate.
Washington Post: “Oh look ... yummy treats.”
Great white sharks coming closer to shore than thought, researchers find. “For years, humans have thought of great white sharks wandering the sea at random, only occasionally venturing close to shore. We were wrong.” I still recall my first trip to the Jersey shore after “Jaws.” A long wad of dirty toilet paper wrapped around my leg, causing no less panic than the shark I feared it might be.
BBC: Humans tend to foul their own nests.
Logging caused Nazca collapse. “Our research contradicts the popular view that Native American peoples always lived in harmony with their environment until the Spanish Conquest.” I believe that ‘popular view’ is only held by those who have never read Lewis & Clark’s journals. The Anasazi at Chaco had middens piles as long as the face of Pueblo Bonito, right in front. You had to walk through the garbage to *get* to the place.
Boston.com: Great photos of the Ares launch.
The Big Picture: Launch of the Ares I-X. “The two-minute sub-orbital test flight encountered a few problems along the way, as the launch pad was slightly damaged, a planned stage separation did not go quite according to plan, and a possible parachute failure led to a hard splashdown for its first stage.” Bugs to be worked out.
Times Online.UK: Getting down and dirty with Neanderthals.
Neanderthals ‘had sex’ with modern man. “Due to the length of time that has elapsed since Neanderthals became extinct, any trace of their DNA in modern humans could have been diluted below detectable levels. Paabo hopes to overcome this by scanning the Neanderthal genome for the genes of modern humans.” I thought this DNA link to ‘modern’ humans was already established?
It’s all about the size.
Cell Size and Scale. Pretty danged cool.
Reuters: Another plus for consumption of turmeric.
Scientists say curry compound kills cancer cells. “Researchers at the Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland treated esophageal cancer cells with curcumin — a chemical found in the spice turmeric, which gives curries a distinctive yellow color — and found it started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.”
Ars Technica: Nice compromise!
Mars can wait; NASA should try landing on asteroids first. “The final report on the future of NASA’s human space flight committee has been released, and it concludes that there’s a complete mismatch between the agency’s current plans and its budget. To get things back on track, it suggests revisions to the Ares launch program and a new set of missions to the Lagrange points and asteroids.” I can live with that. Still seems damned exciting to me.
Times Online: Can we afford to venture in space?
Nasa rolls out Ares 1-X, successor to the shuttle — but will Obama let it fly? “... a White House-appointed review panel has established that Nasa does not currently have the budget to fulfil its vision for venturing as far as the Moon, and has suggested the abandonment of Ares in favour of cheaper, commercially-built boosters.” Sometimes, you just have to take the chance and get out of the same old neighborhood.