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Archives for September, 2008

This week’s Science is particularly rich in stories, it seems. These stories require a paid subscription, alas — but the write-ups here, in Science’s weekly mailing, make pretty good reading on their own for those without a subscription. My favorites: From the Minds of Babes I became fascinated with baby cognition when I did a…

Why Bars Are So Loud

Direct from Mind Hacks: Loud Music Makes You Drink More: PsyBlog has a delightful article discussing whether louder music increases alcohol consumption. It turns out it does, and surprisingly, there seems to have been quite a few studies done to examine the effect. One research group even did a sort of randomised controlled trial on…

Here’s one completely new to me: Today’s VSL:Science link calls attention to tardigrades (aka “water bears,” for reasons apparent in the YouTube video above), which are barely visible invertebrates that live on mosses and lichens — and through virtually anything. They are virtually indestructible. In recent years, scientists have subjected tardigrades (which are also known…

Quite bizarre. No evidence one way or another whether (or how) this might actually affect us. But it’s an odd thing to ponder. Via Furious Seasons, I’ll just let him deliver it: September 12, 2008 The AP Finds Even More Pharma Products In America’s Water Supply Back in March, the AP’s investigative unit uncovered the…

A friend asked me the other day why he hadn’t heard more this year about the question of whether global warming was driving more and bigger hurricanes. The Knight Science Journalism Tracker suggests he’s just not reading the right papers. It brings a good round-up of how coverage on that question has shifted: The debate…

Political Analysis via HTML

Gotta love this. The geeky (but attractive) blog Radio Bantik: Days in the Life of an Alpha Geek, runs a comparative politico-coding analysis of the  website engineering behind the McCain and Obama websites. Great stuff, brought to my attention by the Columbia Journalism review.  I spent some time this morning examining the technology policies of…

An amusing (and revealing, when Carrell asks McCain about pork) look at Steve Carrell’s on-the-job training as a political journalist on the Daily Show. Hat tip to:mediabistro.com: FishbowlNY . Tags: JohnMcCain, journalism, Steve Carrell, Daily Show, Straight Talk Express

I’ve often wondered why there wasn’t more focused discussion on a great paradox in the way public-school teacher contracts are structured in this country. On one hand teachers seek to be considered as professionals; on the other, they seek (and generally get) union contracts that structure their employment like that of trade unions or cops.…

From the “Where Do They Find the Time” Dept, via Clive Thompson’s collision detection: Chinese scientists unveil “the anti cloak” — technique for defeating invisibility shields Okay, the war over “invisibility cloaks” has officially begun. A team of Chinese scientists have just announced that they’ve figured out how to defeat invisibility technology — and render…

The Barf Blog – another VSL hit

Today’s Very Short List Science item is one I am happy to have dug up and, as it were, spat out. It’s about the Barf Blog, a blog about food safety. From the VSL Science site: Cupcakes, cold cuts, E. coli — the paths to food poisoning are many, but they all lead to the…