Welcome to Tangled Bank #48! Tons of good stuff to share with you today. I considered a number of themes, including the invisible theme (aka, none at all), but decided on “songs by groups that may have been in my iPod in high school (if iPods had been invented then).” Not that I have an iPod now, either, but y’know–hypothetically. Enjoy.
Don’t Drink the Water
My own blogging has focused way too much on HIV lately, so instead of including one of those, I’ll point you toward a party of a different kind: chicken pox parties, and why they should go the way of the dodo.
Always Changing Probably
Several posts on climate change. From terry, a piece on yet another result of climate change: changing Canadian boundaries, and the struggle to secure them.
Additionally, I’ll highlight a writing contest there (with actual money!). Check it out.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
PharmB of Moment of Science has a post touching on some subjects recently discussed here on Aetiology: Epigenetics and cancer. (If you’re thinking, “what is epigenetics?”, don’t worry–background is given.)
Have you ever wondered how many cans of diet soda can you drink safely? I know it’s kept me up nights. Over at Political calculations, you can find out with a nifty little tool to figure out how much Nutra Sweet in diet pop–err, soda–you can calculate based on your body weight.
Hangin’ around (or, not)
Two discussions of invasive species. At the Invasive species weblog, news that both Indiana and Ohio are giving up at the state level to control the spread of the emerald ash borer. As one who’s recently transplanted from the Toledo area, this was something that came up often in discussions, especially in my neighborhood with lots of beautiful old trees.
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Interestingly, I received two posts involving menopause in one way or another. The first from Keats’ telescope discusses “grandmother effect,” in which human grandmas (past menopause) indirectly improve the propagation of their genes by helping out with the grandkids.
Come as you are
Another pair of posts about science and the public. Head to Eastern blot for a discussion of open access journals and interesting science in the media–and the difficulty of reaching people with subscription-only journals
This post could have fit in a number of categories. On Anthonares, you’ll find a piece about Google Earth and GIS (geographic information systems), and how it will change education (particularly geography).
Do the Evolution
Ian wishes Charlie a happy birthday, and celebrates with an evolutionary explanation for the huge number of MHC (major histocompatibility complex) genes.
On Pharyngula, PZ discusses gene regulatory circuits –notably, conserved regions of widely distributed circuits, and how they play a role in the conservation of body plans since the Cambrian radiation.
I Will Not Take These Things for Granted
On the topic of “doin’ science,” Adventures in Ethics and Science, Janet discusses why less may sometimes be more as far as inclusion of data.
At Penn, an excellent example of science + politics, regarding the intersection of the federal government, science, and the timber industry.
Of course, one area of science that has attracted lots of attention by politicians recently has been fossil fuels. Johniac at Blogcritics provides background on several alternative fuels that may help to reduce our dependence on oil.
Black Hole Sun
In the physics & astronomy category, Phil of the Bad Astronomy Blog discusses new data on the the spiral galaxy M101–it’s bigger and has more stars than previously thought–and as always, shares some incredible pics of the universe around us.
Murder of One
Been a Son
On the skwib, a post noting that recent studies show that complex decisions are best made by the unconscious. Of course, the caveman Thag knew that a long time ago.
Finally, at Salto sobrius, Martin brings news of the reconstruction of replica Viking-era buildings in Sweden–is this a good thing, or not?
Phew! Thanks to everyone who submitted posts. Next Tangled Bank will be March 15th just down the road at Living the Scientific Life.