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Archives for August, 2007

No More Stop Signs

Someone has to put a stop to this.

AMA Healthcare Campaign

Health care is shaping up to be one of the big issues in the upcoming elections.  No big surprise there, it was a highly -ranked issue in the last election, too.  It’s just that last time, voters failed to see how health care is more likely than terrorism to affect their health.   Perhaps this…

Wacky Warning Label…

Product: Midol Menstrual Complete Label: Ask a doctor before use if you have difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate. Sound advice from Merck. But should sufferers of premenstrual syndrome really lose sleep over enlarged prostates? That’s from a collection on the Forbes website.  At first glance, it seems senseless.  But I suspect that the…

Law is “Discretionary” for Bush

The Global Change Research Act of 1990 requires the federal government to publish climate-change research plans every three years, and assessment reports every four years.  Both are now overdue.  The research plan is one year overdue, and the assessment report is three years overdue.   On 21 August 2007, a federal judge ruled that the…

Collaborative Community Legislation

Senator Dick Durbin has started a project using an innovative method of writing legislation: What should be America’s national broadband strategy? by: Dick Durbin Sun Jul 22, 2007 at 13:06:58 PM EDT (This diary will remain at the top of the page for the next day. New content will continue to appear below. For example,…

Virtual Epidemiology

In 2005, there was a plague.  It started inadvertently, as most do, but spread rapidly, resulting in many deaths.  Officials scrambled to find a solution.  Eventually it was contained.   The plague was caused by a miscoded spell (Corrupted Blood), in the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft.  The people who died were…

Don’t Take This on a Plane

Made with Legos. This was dreamed up by their development team, but never merketed.

Bezier Curves

Wikipedia Picture of the day An animated cubic Bézier curve (see other types), a parametric curve important in computer graphics. Modern computer fonts use Bézier splines composed of quadratic or cubic Bézier curves to create typefaces. Image credit: Phil Tregoning Archive – More featured pictures… Finally, I understand what Bézier curves are. Well, maybe understanding…

I just love things like this.  An open-access article in PNAS reports on a previously-unknown method of signaling employed by squirrels.   The squirrels have a way of enhancing a tail-flagging movement with an IR signal.  The IR enhancement is optional.  It turns out they use it when confronted by rattlesnakes that are sensitive to…

Calliope Hummingbirds

These things are hard to photograph.  They are faster than I am, that is for sure.  Out of about 30 shots, at least a few were decent.   These are said to be the smallest birds in the USA.  They are named after the Greek muse of  epic poetry, if you can believe Wikipedia.