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Archives for July, 2007

Update On LED Lighting in AA

Someone (Jim) at Motley Fool linked to the last LED lighting post.  Apparently he tracks the Cree Inc. stock.  Anyway, he linked to a site that has more information on the Ann Arbor LED street light project. Part of their interview with one of Ann Arbor’s asistant managers, Mike Bergren: Q.: The test site has…

Tech Tip #4

This is marketed as a brush to be used for shampooing dogs.  However, it is also very good for dry brushing of cats.  It is particularly effective at getting those extremely fine hairs from the undercoat.   It is also effective for removing cat hair from furniture. One nice thing about this brush, is that…

The New York Times contained two statements, in different contexts, that say opposite things.  The first appears in their “most blogged” box.  It is from July 15: The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age By LOUIS UCHITELLE Published: July 15, 2007 …These days, Mr. Weill and many of the nation’s very…

While We’re At It…

Satirical images can be fun.

What If?

Science fiction has often centered on the theme of “what if?”  Many of the finest works have explored alternative futures, based upon just one or a few changes in contemporary society.  Indeed, science does have a powerful influence on culture, so some of these alternative futures are quite plausible. Now, perhaps it is not really…

There was an outbreak of botulism in the past several days in the United States.  The problem was traced to contaminated canned chili sauce intended for use on hotdogs.  Product from Castleberry Food Company based in Augusta, Georgia is suspected. But what is botulism, exactly, and how/why is it so lethal?  

LED Cities

It is not taking off very quickly, but it could have a big impact.  Raleigh, NC agreed to the “LED City” initiative, joining with a company located nearby, Cree Inc.  The initiative is to replace all civic lighting with light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  A few weeks ago, Toronto signed up as well.  Converting the streetlights in…

Update on FDA Lab Closures

Back in February, I wrote about the irony of the Bush Administration touting their efforts to improve food and drug safety, while at the same time planning to close 7 of the 13 FDA laboratories.   In the interim, we have had all kinds of food and drug mishaps.  The FDA did not close any…

Slam Their Fist Down on the Table

The Pentagon needs to crack down on KBR and other contractors, said Dorgan, head of the Democratic Policy Committee. “It requires a change in mind-set at the Pentagon, for them to slam their fist down on the table and say, ‘We’re not going to put up with this anymore.’ “ What got US Sen. Byron…

Oxytocin for Shyness

There is new information indicating that an oxytocin nasal spray could be used to treat shyness.  Oxytocin is a peptide hormone best known for its role in childbirth and breastfeeding.  These are known as peripheral actions, meaning they take place outside of the central nervous system (CNS). However, it also is known as a neurotransmitter,…