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Ebola in the US Update

Of the seven Americans who have contracted Ebola, five overseas and two in Texas, all seven have survived. Comments from President Obama, focusing on how we have to be guided by the science: “Here’s the bottom line. Patients can beat this disease. And we can beat this disease. But we have to stay vigilant. We…

Upgrading to OSX Yosemite: Problems and advantages

Problems with WiFi and Bluetooth Some problems with Bluetooth have been reported. I don’t think this is widespread, but in some cases people are experiencing lags on the order of a half second in the use of their Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. When this happens, it seems to relate to whether or not the computer…

Ebola's Miocene Neogene Roots

A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola's family history.The research shows that filoviruses — a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative, Marburg, belong — are at least 16-23 million years old.Filoviruses likely existed...Show More Summary

10+ Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

Here is a list of things to do after you have installed Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. There is some discussion of whether or not you should upgraded to 14.10 here, but the short version is, for most people an upgrade from 14.04 is not necessary but not a bad idea, and an upgrade from any…

When was the last 17 year long hiatus (pause) in global warming?

Some time in the 1970s. I keep hearing about this 17 year long pause in global warming. So I went and looked. I did a regression analysis of the last 17 full years of surface temperatures from the GISS database. There is an upward trend in warming during this period and it is statistically significant.…

Sins of Our Fathers, a New Novel by Shawn Otto

Sins of Our Fathers, by Shaw Otto, is coming out shortly but can be preordered. JW, protagonist, is a flawed hero. He is not exactly an anti-hero because he is not a bad guy, though one does become annoyed at where he places his values. As his character unfolds in the first several chapters of…

What can we do about climate change?

I could rephrase this question. What should we do about climate change. The reason I might rephrase this is because we may not ben that sure of what we can do, but we should do something. Or, more accurately, some things. There are a lot of possible things we can do, and we have little…

How smart are parrots?

Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch of the tin-roofed concrete block home of my friend Bwana Ndege, in Isiro, Zaire. “Nebo.” It sounded like an older woman, a somewhat crackly voice, insistent. “Nebo. Kuya. Nebo.” The old woman was calling the…

Robopocalypse: McDonald's is Starting to Automate its Fast Food Restaurants

McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. It isn't the only food chain doing this. The company that owns Chili's Grill & Bar also said this week it will complete a tablet ordering system rollout next month at its U.S. Show More Summary

President Obama on Ebola

Obama made Ebola the subject of his weekly address. He emphasizes some unique concepts: Science and facts.

How many lakes are there?

How many lakes are there? We don’t actually know. Lakes are often undercounted, or small lakes ignored, in larger scale geophysical surveys. It is hard to count the small lakes, or in some cases, even to define them. A recent study (published in Geophysical Research Letters) examines this question. We want to know how many…

US Navy Starting SSN(X) as Follow-on to Virginia Class Attack Submarine

The U.S. Navy is starting early preparation work to design a new nuclear attack submarine to replace the Virginia-class boats (SSN-774) in the 2030s. The new attack boat would become operational in 2044 after the last Block VII Virginias...Show More Summary

British Aerospace Proposing Railgun for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Replacement

That's a proof of concept M-1 tank with a low profile turret, but given the 70 tons of the GCV just cancelled...probably not far off. BAE Systems officials said an electromagnetic rail gun firing a kinetic energy warhead could be a real...Show More Summary

Palaeoenvironmental Turnover Across the Cenomanian-Turonian Cretaceous Transition

Palaeoenvironmental turnover across the Cenomanian-Turonian transition in Oued Bahloul, Tunisia: Foraminifera and geochemical proxiesAuthors:Reolid et alAbstract:The integrated analysis of foraminiferal assemblages, geochemical proxies,...Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1970): Trog!

"A sympathetic anthropologist (Joan Crawford!) uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte found living in a local cave."Directed in 1970 by Hammer Films veteran, Freddie Francis, this was Crawford's last film. Show More Summary

Implications of Aerosol Studies for Titan’s Atmospheric Chemistry

A comprehensive NMR structural study of Titan aerosol analogs: Implications for Titan’s atmospheric chemistryAuthors:He et alAbstract:Titan has a thick atmosphere composed primarily of nitrogen and methane. Complex organic chemistryShow More Summary

Sam Talbot's Fish Tacos with Tomato Salsa and Citrus Crema

Fish tacos with tomato salsa. (Photo: Kyle Mahan / Flickr Creative Commons) October marks National Seafood Month, a time to raise awareness for sustainable fisheries and celebrate the benefits of seafood in one’s diet. read more

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