Archives for June 30, 2008

Environment News

This summer may see first ice-free North Pole from PhysOrg.com (AP) — There’s a 50-50 chance that the North Pole will be ice-free this summer, which would be a first in recorded history, a leading ice scientist says. […] Climate change causing significant shift in the species composition of coastal fish communities from PhysOrg.com A…

Waiting For Carl

HEADLINE: ZIMMER DENIES DISCOVERY OF NEW ELEMENT The world must wait until Tuesday to find out details….

I never believed it was tomatoes

I am not entirely sure that the FDA has actually identified a tomato with Salmonella on it. The tomato hypothesis was based on recall data, which is notoriously iffy. Not totally useless, but iffy. The FDA, gutted by years of uncaring neglect by evil Republicans, today finds itself incapable of addressing the food safety issue,…

A study just out in PLoS Medicine suggests that an increasing trend of delaying childbirth is associated wiht a rising rate of the use of cesarean delivery. The explanation appears to be impared uterine function. From the editor’s summary: Though it was not studied here, the researchers hypothesize that impaired uterine contractility may be a…

A study released today in PLoS Medicine compares alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use across seventeen different countries participating in the World Health Organization World Mental Health Survey Initiative. Alcohol seems to be widely used in the studied countries, tobacco less so but fairly evenly used. Major variation was found with marijuana and cocaine use,…

Those Zany Fundamentalists!

This is cute…. A number of right-wing website, such as that of the AFA(American Family Association) have been using auto-correction filters to automatically change words of various articles they post from various news organizations, such as the AP. For example, “the Democratic Party” becomes “the Democrat Party”. But they got theirs. As they always will.…

US Government Says No to Solar

I find it hard to believe that the government has ignored the need for solar energy to the extent that it seems surprised that anyone wants to build new solar plants. From the New York Times: Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium…

Sb Rocks! Sb is da blawg!!!

Seed media group has just issued the following press relese: SCIENCEBLOGS ACHIEVES RECORD GROWTH NEW YORK (July 1) – ScienceBlogs (www.scienceblogs.com), the web’s largest science community, announced today that traffic for the first six months of 2008 increased by more than 60% over the same period last year, with total visits through June 30 reaching…

Do you drink bottled water or tap water? Water from a cooler (which is a big giant bottle) or from a filter built into a refrigerator or sink? Or do you Britta? (Yes, let me be the first to verb that noun …. ) Increasingly we see resistance to bottled water. The Britta ads (one…

Both have gone dark. Both are making announcements today at 5:00 EST. This could be big. A BloggoBlockbuster of some kind in the making. Maybe they have been having a secret affair all along and are moving to CA to get married!?!?!? Maybe they are starting their own blog, what with Phil being cosmic and…