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Archives for June, 2008

The hardest and most dangerous agricultural work in the United States is not done by people who are citizens. It is done by immigrants. Some don’t have proper documents but many do. Documents don’t protect workers from dying. And agricultural workers die of heat stroke at 20 times the rate of other workers:

Since it’s a lazy summer weekend (the first of the summer, astronomically speaking — that is, if you believe the earth goes around the sun), I was lazily contemplating some of the dumbass things said about one of my sciblings, PZ Myers, by another one of my sciblings, Matt Nisbet. The clip Matt embedded is…

The beach in Indonesia may look nice, but don’t let that distract you: There is an English word for deliberately neglecting to tell people something they have asked you about. It’s called lying. On that basis, the Indonesian government, primarily in the person of their Minister of Health, Siti Fadillah Supari, are liars. They have…

Primer on greenhouse gases, III.

This is the third (and last) post in our primer of the science of green house gases (see the first two here and here). Our objective is to explain what makes something a greenhouse gas. Why is CO2 a greenhouse gas and not O2 (oxygen) or N2 (nitrogen)? In the first two posts we set…

Primer on greenhouse gases, II.

In the first post in this primer series we discussed the nature of electromagnetic radiation. It is via EM radiation that the sun’s energy reaches the earth and since it is the balance between the energy that reaches the earth and the energy that is radiated away from the earth that is at the center…

Primer on greenhouse gases, I.

Objection to the scientific basis of greenhouse warming seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. That is, if you like getting the same gift over and over again and returning it because it’s defective never works. Still, hope springs eternal that understanding something about it will make the disagreements clearer. So this will…

Since we don’t do much health services posting around here I sometimes forget how terrific the blog Health Care Renewal is. It’s always interesting. Sometimes it brushes against things we are concerned about here and last week there was a post with some good links about GlaxoSmithKline, a Big Pharma company active in influenza antivirals…

Our post on what is behind the Right Wing attack on science drew a lot of attention and numerous comments. I’d like to emphasize some key points that may have gotten lost in the details (for the details, please see the original post). We’ll use climate change skepticism as an example, but the principles hold…

They have a pill for that

Of the many tag lines I’ve seen as part of people’s electronic signatures, the most apt for this post is this one: “I used to care about stuff. Now I have a pill for that.” Sergeant Christopher LeJeune was anxious and depressed after long duty on Baghdad’s dangerous streets. He often had to collect enemy…

Something refreshing for a summer day: