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Lydia Davis reading Dag Solstad

'Tis, sadly, already newspaper/magazine literary-silly-season -- meaning, astonishingly, things get even sillier than usual, with periodicals filling their pages (prematurely) with their 'best of the year'-selections -- see, for example,...Show More Summary

The Polar Vortex Is Dead. But that does not mean it isn’t cold out

The term “Polar Vortex” was thrown around a lot last year, in reference to the persistent mass of very cold air that enveloped much of southern Canada and the US. As you will remember, Rush Limbaugh accused climate scientists and librul meteorologists of making up the polar vortex to scare everyone into thinking climate change…

Coming to NY: New Literature from Europe festival

This year's New Literature from Europe festival -- Crossing Borders: Europe Through the Lens of Time -- is on 5 and 6 December. As always, a nice little line-up (though the only title under review at the complete review so far is Viviane,...Show More Summary

Publishers Remove Climate Change Denialism From Texas Schoolbooks

I just got this press release for the Texas Freedom Nettwork, passing the good news on to you: PUBLISHERS REMOVE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALISM FROM TEXAS TEXTBOOKS; PUT EDUCATION AHEAD OF POLITICS Texas State Board of Education must still vote on adopting the revised textbooks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2014 Publishers have agreed to correct…

Coming to NY: Russian Literature Week !

It's Russian Literature Week ! 1 to 5 December. Some pretty interesting-sounding panels, definitely worth a look.

Continued Global Warming in the Midst of Natural Climate Fluctuations

Check out this new paper in the RNCSE, by John Abraham, John Fasullo, and Me.

Global Warming Means More Lightning

A new study just out in Science suggests that we will have an increase in lightning strikes of about 12 percent for every degree C of global warming. That could add up. From the abstract: Lightning plays an important role in atmospheric chemistry and in the initiation of wildfires, but the impact of global warming…

Warmest October On Record GISS NASA

The data for October has just been added to the NOAA GISS instrument record, which runs from 1880 to the present. October was the warmest on record, just beating out 2005. Overall, it is looking increasingly likely that 2014 will tie or beat the record for warmest year in the instrumental record, in terms of…

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Reimagining August Bloedner’s 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument (1862)

“Scruffy, knowledgeable, underpaid”

Oh, shut up. ‘Lives in Ruins’ by Marilyn Johnson The largest cemetery of Revolutionary War soldiers in America lies roughly five miles from the Hudson River, beside a commercial stretch of Route 9 in Fishkill, N.Y. What was once a 70-acre military city and the Continental Army’s largest supply center now hosts a Blimpie, a McDonald’s, [...]

Somebody actually advocated revising the Preamble with the exact words I gave years ago

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are evolved equal, that they are endowed by evolution with certain inalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." It's bad enough that creationism is creeping up in public schools but it especially doesn't need to be in our own constitution. Show More Summary

Does changing immigrant status affect their wages?

Adam Ozimek reports: A 2002 paper from Kossoudji and Cobb-Clark found that following the 1986 illegal immigrant amnesty, the wages of those amnestied rose 6% between 1989 and 1992. They found that the majority of the wage penalty of being illegal is due to an inability to move between occupations. …The effect this will have on labor […]

China to Start Cutting Carbon Emissions in 2030

China will aim for a peak in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while the United States will strive to cut total emissions by more than a quarter by 2025, as the two countries try to drive through a new global climate pact in Paris next year.According to a joint announcement by President Xi Jinping and U.S. Show More Summary

Tapeworms on the brain expand our knowledge of their genome

A genome of a rare species of tapeworm found living inside a patient's brain has been sequenced for the first time, in research published in the open access journal Genome Biology. The study provides insights into potential drug targets...Show More Summary

Brain-dwelling worm in UK man's head sequenced

For the first time, the genome of a rarely seen tapeworm has been sequenced. The genetic information of this invasive parasite, which lived for four years in a UK resident's brain, offers new opportunities to diagnose and treat this invasive parasite. read more

A brief hiatus and a call for help

I won’t be able to post many (or any) posts on Beyond Apollo in the next few weeks because of holiday and work travel. I’ll be hauling along research material when I travel (I always do), but I doubt that I’ll have time to do much more than take notes. The good news is that […] The post A brief hiatus and a call for help appeared first on WIRED.

Soil Scientists Seeking Super Model

I (Bob) spent last weekend at Biosphere 2, collaborating with soil carbon biogeochemists on a “super model.” Model combination and expansion The biogeochemists (three sciences in one!) have developed hundreds of competing models andShow More Summary

Brazilian Air Force Will Probably buy at Least 108 Gripen

The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) expects to field "at least" 108 Saab Gripen E/F combat aircraft by the time deliveries are complete, a senior service official disclosed on 18 November.Speaking under the ChathamShow More Summary

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