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Archives for September, 2006

The voting closes tomorrow, so be sure to go vote for your favorite. This is from a selection of political cartoons, in the “Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest.”

ER Problems; Insurance Problems

These two things might be connected.  The Washington Post reported yesterday on the findings of a CDC report on emergency room preparedness.  The Economic Policy Institute reported on further erosion in health insurance coverage. Crowded ERs Raise Concerns On Readiness By Christopher Lee Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 28, 2006; Page A11 Emergency rooms…

Taking the Cephalopod to the Bank

The food bank, that is.  This is from a sculpture contest.  The rule: everything had to be made entirely from canned foodstuffs.  The canned food is to be donated to a food bank in LA. TENTACLE SPECTACLE: “A Call to Arms” used 4,100 cans in 2005. After L.A.’s upcoming competition, structures will be disassembled and…

On the way home from work, one day last week, I heard some excerpts from the book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. (Chandrasekaran also has some articles in the Washington Post, here: 1 2.)  It’s a book about some of the follies and escapades of the Coalition…

Name That Scientist #1

Who is this?  The first in a series of not-very-challenging science questions… Notice the resemblance to one of our ScienceBloggers. This bust is in an engineering building on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.  

Red Crossbills

These are red crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) photographed by Elaine R. Wilson.  She kindly uploaded the photo to Wikipedia, where it was voted Feature Picture of the Day.  Note: the image is copyrighted, but the copyright holder permits the photo to be used for any purpose.  The full-sized photo, and accompanying information, are here.

Chilies To Drive For

Someone around these parts was writing about chilies recently, but failed to mention the best: Mesilla Valley chilies.  Zingerman’s sells “New Mexico chilies.”  Although it would be better for them to specify “Mesilla Valley” chilies, the vast majority of New Mexico chilies are from the Mesilla Valley. From September 28 to October 3, 2006, Zingerman’s…

Toliet Paper Expert

The Detroit Free Press has a brief article on a book, Wierd Michigan, by Linda Godfrey.  One choice selection: Bill Jarrett, 81, of Wyoming, a self-described authority on toilet paper who’s out to solve a great debate: Should the loose end of a toilet paper roll hang next to the wall or away from it?…

Linkfest Monday II

I am not feeling well today, so here is a low-overhead (for me) set of links.  Anything thoughtful that goes up here yesterday, today, or tomorrow was written ahead of time, and scheduled.  The last one was from science news.  This one is from blogs.  Anyway, here goes: Amygdala on the War Crimes Act [and…

Linkfest Monday

I am not feeling well today, so here is a low-overhead (for me) set of links.  Anything thoughtful that goes up here yesterday, today, or tomorrow was written ahead of time, and scheduled.  Anyway, here goes: Stem Cell Transplantation Safely Improves Heart Failure in Humans (Medscape; free registration required)  Shows a real therapeutic effect from…