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Each week we post a new picture and a choice comment from each of our nine channels here at ScienceBlogs on our channel homepages. Now, we’re bringing you the best of the week in daily postings that will highlight individual channels. We’ve already seen what the Life Science and Physical Science channels had to offer; below, please find a few gems from the Environment and Humanities channels:


Environment. Hurricane Kate: from NASA, via on Flickr


Humanities & Social Science. From Flickr, by shioshvili

Reader comments of the week:

In What is the Ecological Footprint of Disneyland?, David Ng of The World’s Fair questions whether everyone’s favorite fantastical Kingdom, for all its efforts, might be producing more carbon dioxide than Magic.

Reader speedwell admitted:

as an American child born in the ’60s, raised on dreams of Disneyland as the child’s Paradise, my first visceral reaction was to think, “What is the ecological footprint of my boot up your…” well, you get the drift.

Though he later conceded,

on more sober reflection (and before reading the post), I did realize that there are always things an enterprise that size can do to reduce its impact.

Over on the Humanities channel, GrrlScientist discusses a new paper in On (Not) Talking About It, which takes on the conventional psychological wisdom of voicing one’s emotions to cope with a traumatic event. New evidence suggests that for some people at least, communal grieving—and therapy—can actually be counterproductive.

Reader themadlolscientist agrees, and offers his own coping mechanism:

I get a whole lot more real “therapy” out of just hanging out with my best buddy, a fellow beeper a couple of years older than me who’s also had the experience of crashing and burning when you’re heading into middle age.

Some other Environment posts we thought were cool this week were:

Bestest Science Fair Experiment EVAH!

How deep is your love for the Caribbean?

Pepper viruses populate people poop

Divers rescued from Komodo dragons

Oversight-free chickens

And from the Humanities & Social Science channel:

A Long View

Milton’s doctrine or Biblical doctrine?

Rats as Proxies for Human Expansion in the Pacific

Is there a species rank?

Is Religion Really Such a Powerful Social Force?

Look for highlights from other channels coming up!