Humanities

Eureka Update: Signing, Reviews

A few smallish items regarding Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist: — I’ll be doing a signing at the Open Door bookstore in Schenectady next Sunday, the 14th, from 12-1:30. The Open door is one of the kids’ favorite spots, as it’s right outside the Sunday market we go to every week, so this is fun.…

Occupational Health News Roundup

New Mexico dairy farm workers face dangerous workplace conditions and fears of retaliation; Chicago passes minimum wage increase; worker dies at Staten Island car dealership; and Philadelphia task force supports paid sick leave.

She kneels on the dirt and watches the elder study the rocks she brought. Five fist-sized chunks of red stone, laboriously hacked from an outcrop. Half a day walking there and back, and half a day pounding rocks against rocks to yield this offering. The elder’s hands are stained the same red as the stone,…

Pompeii situations, where daily life at a settlement has suddenly and catastrophically been terminated and the site has then been abandoned, are extremely rare and extremely informative. As has recently been discovered, the Sandby fortified settlement on the island of Öland offers a Pompeii situation from about AD 500. The settlement has been attacked, its…

Recent pieces address President Obama’s remarks on events in Ferguson, an Obamacare program that works but is shutting down, retail workers’ pay, and more.

Eureka: Collecting the Origin

Almost everybody, regardless of what side they favor in the culture wars, knows that Charles Darwin was the first scientist to come up with the theory of evolution. At least, they think they do. In fact, lots of people had the general idea long before Darwin, including his own grandfather. We remember Darwin not because…

“Devote yourself, but do not lose who you are!” -Marvel vs. Capcom With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s officially the holiday season here in the USA (and in many other places across the world), and so it’s time to kick that off with a great holiday song by Calexico, Gift X-change, and to check out the fusion…

Creating Healthier Turkeys

Did you know that the typical Thanksgiving day broad-breasted white turkey develops in as little as 136 days (on average)? This remarkably quick development is a result of years of selective breeding. The average turkey in 1929 was only about 13 pounds, whereas modern turkeys average around 30 pounds with much of the weight centered in…

Powder Blue Is the New Orange (in OR)

I’ll admit it, I was pretty hopped up on fruits and vegetables when I took an early morning walk and expressed a little over-enthusiasm for my neighbor’s house by knocking on his front door at 5 AM. No, I didn’t know the guy. He didn’t answer the doorbell either, so I passed through a gate…

Children who have the opportunity to attend full-day preschool programs, versus part-day programs, tend to score higher on school readiness measures such as language, math, socio-emotional development and physical health, according to a recent study. So, why is this finding important to public health? Because education has literally been described as an “elixir” for lifelong health and wellbeing.