The Corpus Callosum

Archives for June, 2008

This is a photo of two White Storks, Ciconia ciconia, nesting atop a primary school chimney near the south coast of Portugal. The photo is by Valter Jacinto, and has a Creative Commons license. Link. The White Stork is the national bird of Poland. In the USA, we would never allow storks to nest at…

On 6 June 2008, the Federal Register in the USA contained a notice, that the Department of Homeland Security is conducting a review.  They are reviewing the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The Federation of American Scientists points out that DHS is soliciting public comment. The NIPP is explained and documented at a DHS site.…

Meteorology is outside of my usual topics for posting, but this particular news item seems to have received little attention elsewhere: there is evidence that the jet streams are moving, systematically, toward the poles.   The jet streams are high-altitude streams of air, about 7 to 16 kilometers over sea level.  They blow air from…

RFIDs and Medical Devices: Fail!

Radio Frequency IDentification tags (RFIDs) are little devices that communicate with other devices, sending an identification signal.  You’ve probably seen them on various items purched in stores.  They commonly are used for inventory control and theft prevention.  They are increasingly used in a wide variety of applications. Now, they have been found to interfere with…

Rocket Xanax: Fail!

Sometimes  I see news about upcoming drugs, and hope that it works out.  Sometimes, I don’t see the point.  Rarely, I actively hope that it does not work out.  Staccato® alprazolam is one that I hope does not work out.   It’s a form of alprazolam (Xanax®) that goes in an inhaler.  It is heated…

You Have One Wish Left

The old riddle goes: you were granted three wishes, and you have one wish left.  What do you wish for?  Everyone over the age of 6 knows: more wishes. When we figured out that there was oil under the ground, and figured out how to use it, it is as though we had been granted…

The Prophet

This article in the Onion was supposed to be a satire of the 2001 Bush inaugural speech.  It was not satire.  It was prophetic: Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’ January 17, 2001 | Issue 37•01 WASHINGTON, DC-Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight…

The Next Big Gardasil Controversy

Gardasil is the vaccine from Merck that greatly lowers the risk of infection from some human papilloma virus (HPV) infections. The first big controversy had to do with the practice of giving the vaccine to young girls.  To be most effective, it should be given prior to the commencement of sexual exposure.  So the recommendation…

Firefox 3 Download Day

I scarcely need to mention it, but today is the big day: Firefox 3 is out, so be sure to download it.  The Mozilla folks are shooting for a world record for the most downloads in a single day. Will Linux Users Miss Out on Firefox 3?  Silly article.  Download the source.  Configure, make, make…

Your Choice: Smart Car or Grizzly

Ohio has just approved certain smart cars for use on roadways.  This may strengthen our country by reducing use of fossil fuels.   In other news, Blackwater USA is trying to get its Grizzly APC licensed for use on America’s roadways. Pretty soon, you might have a choice.  In fact, in November, you will have…