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Obama's Dereliction of Duty Turns Deadly

A hard-hitting piece by Joseph Curl exposes the PeeCee Prez for what he is: a disaster whose ever-increasing incompetence is about to turn deadly. Someone should explain to Obama why we have borders and why they must be enforced. Is...

Truth and God: How are they Related?

Here are four combinatorially possible ways truth and God could be related. 1. There is truth, but there is no God. 2. There is truth, and there is God, but God is not the ontological ground of truth. 3. There...

Some like it loud

DURHAM, N.C. – Frogs are well-known for being among the loudest amphibians, but new research indicates that the development of this trait followed another: bright coloration. Scientists have found that the telltale colors of some poisonous...Show More Summary

Scientist Kills Spider, Gets Death Threats

The killing of a spider doesn't normally trigger death threats, but it does apparently if the spider's demise makes national headlines. Harvard researcher Piotr Naskrecki found this out the hard way after his account of finding a spider the size of a puppy in Guyana went viral earlier this month....

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

NASA identifies ice cloud above cruising altitude on Titan

NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles. This lofty cloud, imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, was part of the winter cap of condensation over Titan's north pole. Show More Summary

Giant Snake Has Virgin Birth

Sorry, gents, you might be getting phased out of the reproduction loop—at least when it comes to the world's longest snakes. Thelma, a 200-pound, 20-foot-long reticulated python who lives at Kentucky's Louisville Zoo with her female roommate Louise, gave birth in 2012 to six female babies. This wasn't only...

DSpace statistics

The MIT Libraries just made available a new website displaying various statistics about our Open Access DSpace repository. I have three papers in that archive. Here are the download counts for those papers: And here is a graph with the...Show More Summary

Law of the Sea authorizes animal tagging research without nations' consent

DURHAM, N.C. -- Many marine animals are world travelers, and scientists who study and track them can rarely predict through which nations' territorial waters their paths will lead. In a new paper in the journal Marine Policy, Duke University...Show More Summary

Tropical Cyclones: Is Global Warming Making Them Worse?

Craig D. Idso Severe hurricanes, or tropical cyclones as they are known by those living outside the United States, are the most intense storms on the planet. Given the amount of damage they can inflict, it’s no wonder that they often are the poster children for the global warming movement—think Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy. Show More Summary

Spike activity 24-10-2014

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a […]

Send The International Nanny Packing

Walter Olson As many of us have noted lately, the federal Centers for Disease Control, known originally for their work against infectious and communicable diseases, have shifted focus in recent years to supposed public health menaces like beltless driving, gun ownership, social drinking, and suburban land use patterns. Show 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

More Tornadoes Recorded Doesn’t Mean More Tornadoes Occurring

The number of tornadoes recorded by the National Climatic Data Center has increased in recent years, but that doesn’t mean there have been more twisters.

Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.

New study finds options for climate change policy are well characterized

WASHINGTON – October 24, 2014 – Policy options for climate change risk management are straightforward and have well understood strengths and weaknesses, according to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program. "Large gaps remain in society's consideration of climate policy," said Paul Higgins, the author of the study. Show More Summary

A Rush of Blood to the Brain

An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how […]

Medieval Climate Anomaly Allowed Polynesians to Expand to New Zealand, Easter Island and Other Isolated Locales

Climate windows for Polynesian voyaging to New Zealand and Easter IslandAuthors:Goodwin et alAbstract:Debate about initial human migration across the immense area of East Polynesia has focused upon seafaring technology, both of navigation...Show More Summary

Shutting off blood supply to an extremity to protect the heart

In a study just published in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers from the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine – Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the St. Show More Summary

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