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Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead

Natural gas powered solid oxide fuel cells, located at the point of use to produce electricity for facilities the size of big box stores, could provide economic and environmental benefits, with additional research, according to new study.

Full-annual-cycle models track migratory bird populations throughout the year

Many birds spend only a few months of the year in their breeding range before leaving to spend the winter in another region or even on another continent, and models that only make use of data from one season may not paint a complete picture. Show More Summary

Arizona Mining Review episode covers Mining Day at the Capitol

The latest episode of our online video magazine, Arizona Mining Review, is now available on our YouTube channel. This episode was hosted by AZGS Economic Geology Section Chief, Nyal Niemuth, who interviewed some of the legislative land industry leaders who attended Mining Day at the Capitol.

Some Thoughts on Ferrante

I’ve been working my way through Elena Ferrante’s three translated Neapolitan novels for an interview with editor Michael Reynolds and translator Ann Goldstein, and some things are beginning to crystallize in my mind. I think one ofShow More Summary

Book Review: "Sometimes an Art"

Much of the discussion I've seen so far about Bernard Bailyn's new collection, Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History (Knopf, 2015) has centered around Gordon Wood's Weekly Standard review of the book, "History in Context." I readShow More Summary

Space Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

The Space Exploration Alliance wrapped up its most recent 'legislative blitz' last week. Nearly 70 individuals participated in the democratic process, speaking to nearly 168 difference offices in Congress. Nearly half of those individuals were Planetary Society members.

The genus Homo is older than thought…

A 2.8-million-year-old mandible with five teeth discovered atop a hill in Ledi-Geraru, Ethiopia was published today in the journal Science. … Continue reading ?

Britian Planning Laser Demonstrator & Lockheed Destroys a Truck With a 30 KW Laser

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed plans to compete the build and demonstration of a prototype high power laser directed energy weapon.A supplier briefing for the project - known as the Laser Directed Energy Weapon Capability...Show More Summary

Widely used food additives promotes colitis, obesity and metabolic syndrome, shows study of emulsifiers

Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, new research shows.

Anaphoric definiteness in the ACA

The following is a guest post by Graham Katz. It makes an interesting point (which I haven't seen elsewhere) about the phrase that's at the center of King v. Burwell: "an Exchange established by the State". Today the Supreme Court hears argument on the King v. Burwell case challenging the subsidies for health insurance put in […]

Gout linked to lower chances of developing Alzheimer's disease

Gout appears to have a protective effect for the brain, possibly thanks to uric acid, the chemical in a person's blood that can crystallize, leading to gout, said a team of researchers from north America. Gout, the most common inflammatory...Show More Summary

'The Punishment Must Fit the Crime' and Lex Talionis

In my various defenses of capital punishment (see Crime and Punishment category) I often invoke the principle that the punishment must fit the crime. To my surprise, there are people who confuse this principle, label it PFC, with some barbaric...

A Little Propylene Glycol Never Hurt Anybody

A neighbor recently introduced me to 66 proof Fireball cinnamon whisky. Turns out the stuff contains propylene glycol, an ingredient used in anti-freeze and other industrial products. Well, as I told the twenty-something counterman at the liquor store, "Whatever doesn't...

Rebuking the claim: Did Human-Caused Climate Change Lead to War in Syria?

The Current Wisdom is a series of monthly articles in which Patrick J. Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science, reviews interesting items on global warming in the scientific literature that may not have received the media attention that they deserved, or have been misinterpreted in the popular press. By Paul C.…

5 Warning Signs of Manipulation in Relationships

The scary thing is: You probably don’t even know it’s happening. The worst part of being manipulated in a relationship is that quite often you don’t even know it’s happening. Manipulative people twist your thoughts, actions, wants and desires into something that better suits how they see the world and they mold you into someone […]

more congratulations to elizabeth armstrong and laura hamilton

My former colleague Elizabeth Armstrong and IU alum Laura Hamilton have won the ASA Distinguished publication award for Paying for the Party, their much discussed book on the effects of the party scene on college students. Their book use ethnographic data to describe how the party scene disproportionately affects working class students and mitigates the […]

Statins increase risk of developing diabetes by 46 percent

New research published in Diabetologia shows that use of statins is associated with a 46% increase in the risk of developing diabetes, even after adjustment for confounding factors. The study is by Professor Markku Laakso, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland, and colleagues. read more

Healthy heart years gained by avoiding risk factors quantified

Obesity, hypertension and diabetes are known risk factors for heart failure, a chronic condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. For the first time, scientists have quantified the average numberShow More Summary

GeneSight multi-gene test more predictive of antidepressant response

The combinatorial, multi-gene GeneSight test has been found to better predict antidepressant treatment outcomes for patients with depression, and their use of health care resources, than any of the individual genes that comprise theShow More Summary

Jawbone Rewrites 'Dawn of Man' Timeline

It's just a small piece of a jawbone with five teeth, but its discovery in Ethiopia is changing the timeline of human origins. Researchers say the bone is from an individual who lived 2.8 million years ago and belonged to the genus Homo, the lineage from which modern humans...

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