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If you encounter a web site that contains malware (virus, trojan, etc.), how do you report it?  I had a devil of a time finding out.  A friend had forwarded a suspicious email to me.  The email contained a link.  The link indicated that it would take you to a text file that explained a…

One of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.  The photographer’s identification is tentative:  Vespula pensylvanica.  Personally, I’d never try to identify an unfamiliar insect.   One summer, I took classes at the UM Biological Station near Pellston, MI.  My cabinmate was an entomologist.  Watching him it the field, I got the impression that the identification…

Free Influenza Medical Text

Just to let everyone know, if they don’t already: freebooks4doctors has a downloadable text, Influenza Report 2006. It is a 225-page, 2.7 MB PDF. Being from 2006, it does not specifically cover the current situation. Rather, it focuses a bit on avian influenza. Still, it is a reasonably good source of information. If you want,…

Malthus Was Right

Well, maybe not Malthus, but Garrett Hardin and Paul Ehrlich — the 1960’s-era neomalthusian academicians — have been right on the money.  There are hard limits to growth, and those limits are upon us.  This is the contention of Charles A. S. Hall and John W. Day, Jr., two systems ecologists who have published a…

Google Map of H1N1 Swine Flu

Just a few quick interesting links: Google Map of H1N1 Swine Flu Cases (HT: Clinical Cases and Images – Blog) Google Flu Trends We’ve found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster…

Pandemic Alert Levels Explained

I had to look this up, so to save others the trouble of finding it, here is the WHO explanation of pandemic alert levels: In nature, influenza viruses circulate continuously among animals, especially birds. Even though such viruses might theoretically develop into pandemic viruses, in Phase 1 no viruses circulating among animals have been reported…

The NASA Earth Observatory site is holding a photo contest to celebrate and popularize their 10th anniversary.  It is a contest in which users vote for their favorite images-of-the-day.  Here’s my favorite: This is an image from the Cassini mission; it’s a view of the earth, with the rings of Saturn in the foreground.  This…

Amy Goodman On Torture

Amy Goodman, the lead journalist for Democracy Now!, has been traveling around the country, giving talks, and promoting her book Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. This (standing up to the madness) is inherently difficult.   The photo shows her discussing a video of her arrest in St. Paul, while covering…

Michelle Obama’s White House garden has attracted some attention, as noted on La Vida Locavore: Did you hear the news?  The White House is planning to have an “organic” garden on the grounds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the Obama’s and their guests.  While a garden is a great idea, the thought of…

King of Bling

his is a photo of a mask from an ancient Peruvian tomb.  The mask is about 1,500 years of., made of copper and seashells, among other items. It is one of the front-page (web page, that is) photos at National Geographic.  The caption follows: April 10, 2009–Found in a treasure-filled tomb of the Moche culture…