Environment

Not an “accident”: Davide Nascimento, 28, suffers fatal work-related injury in Longmeadow, MA

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Friday, July 31, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

AFTIC Status Report

A gentle reader recently asked for a “status of the blog” report. As the two week delay between ask and answer can attest to, things are rather slow moving around here at the moment and I am mainly just my own lurker.  I do have some new content that I will offer very shortly and…

Proof cats outcompete dogs?

New research suggests that cats may have played a role in the extinction of about 40 species of wild dogs by simply out-hunting them and therefore consuming more food. The study noted that dogs first appeared in North America around 40 million years ago and by 22 million years ago there were over 30 species of wild dogs. Cats arrived…

Malnutrition during pregnancy is a major global health issue that leads to restricted growth of developing fetuses making them more prone to death and disease. In fact, babies born from poorly nourished mothers are more likely to develop obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease as adults. Researchers from the University of Colorado and University of Texas Health…

“I Spy Physiology”

I came across the “I Spy Physiology” blog today from the American Physiological Society. The blog focuses on physiological topics relevant to daily life. There are also a couple of comparative physiology gems in the blog that you can view using the links below: How birds my help us understand diabetes How research on walking stick…

Yet another “academic” article about wikipedia (Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale; Adam M. Wilson, Gene E. Likens): Wikipedia has quickly become one of the most frequently accessed encyclopedic references, despite the ease with which content can be changed and the potential for ‘edit wars’ surrounding controversial topics. Little is known…

Greek yield curves

The Greeks certainly yielded, but that’s not what I’m talking about. No, this is about bond yields, specifically the inverted yield curve that Greek bonds show at the moment. And its jolly interesting (no, really, don’t go… oh). I should begin by saying I don’t know what I’m talking about. I started off thinking I…

Yet more misc

Fun in comet land. The great silences of space give one pause for thought in the face of the chatter and noise of Earth. Speaking of which, Paul Mason (who he?) says: By neoliberalism I mean the global capitalist system shaped around a core of neoliberal practices and institutions, themselves guided by a widespread and…

This is F@k1n’ brilliant. Cherry-pickin’ a bit of temperature data And tryin’ to claim that climate change is in hiatus It’s not, the trends are still going straight up But they ain’t tryin’ to change their minds once they’re made up In 1992 my mama’s thesis Was about CO2 and Svante Arrhenius So if you…

I will be interviewing Emily Cassidy on Sunday, August 23th on Atheist Talk Radio, with Mike Haubrich hosting. We’ll be talking about food, the food supply, how we’re all gonna die when the food supply runs out, how maybe to avoid or delay that, and GMOs will almost certainly come up in the conversation. Emily…