Archive for the 'Science & Technology' Category

STAYING ANALOG, PAPER STILL COUNTS…

February 23rd, 2015

I have continued to go analog in many aspects of my life, but I still find the digital component important for sharing information through Have Coffee Will Write, The Writing On The Wal and emails. When writing fiction I still have my IBM Selectric II for first drafts, but I find my brain moves too […]

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU GET; DO YOU NEED…?

February 20th, 2015

Can you recall the last time you remember enthusiastically telling you about the wonderful night’s sleep they had? Me neither. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher Lydia DonCarlos, PhD, is a member of an expert panel that’s making new recommendations on how much sleep people need. The panel, convened by the National Sleep […]

THE NEW HOMEGROWN EVIL…

February 10th, 2015

Keef may be making a very unfunny point here. Given that the measles virus is more prevalent in other parts of the world, what would it take to transport infected children into the United States and visit every theme park and other places where unvaccinated people might gather?

WHEN CONSPIRACY THEORISTS TURN DEADLY…

February 7th, 2015

Post Disneyland (and anyone who thinks this story would have the same legs if the infections had occurred at some location without international recognition isn’t paying attention) we’re all talking about measles. Measles, a potentially deadly disease we declared eliminated (like polio) in the United States only 15 years ago. The Guardian has a story […]

ROALD AND THE WICKEDLY STUPID ANTI-VAXXERS…

February 3rd, 2015

In 1988, Roald Dahl wrote: Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting […]

I SEE EVIDENCE OF THIS EVERY SCHOOL DAY…

February 3rd, 2015

Parents have long suspected it, but now doctors have proof: the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep – especially if the gadget is used just before bedtime. The evidence is so strong, the experts said, that health watchdogs should overhaul guidelines for electronic device use by youngsters. The […]

IRA SHOULD HAVE HAD DANAE ON THE SHOW…

January 31st, 2015

Are genetically modified foods safe to eat? Are humans mostly to blame for climate change? Should vaccines be required? Scientists overwhelmingly answer “yes” to all questions. But the American people don’t agree, according to a survey of thousands of scientists and adults in the United States. Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center unpacks the […]

HAPPY PERIHELION…!

January 4th, 2015

I’ve been pondering calendars of late what with the Winter Solstice and the New Year just passing, and trying to arrive at some date for the beginning of each new year that makes sense. My first thoughts went to the Winter Solstice because that is the shortest day of the year and days getting longer […]

HAPPY SOLSTICE, AND WHY TOMORROW’S
SUNRISE WILL BE LATER, NOT EARLIER…

December 21st, 2014

The Sun will come up here in Cleveland today at 0750. Yes, tomorrow will have more daylight than today (by a whole second, 9 hours and 11 seconds vs. 9 hours and 10 seconds), but earlier risers like myself don’t get the benefit of a longer day until 18 January when the Sun rises at […]

GEORGE CARLIN WAS RIGHT (AGAIN)…

September 4th, 2014

I have worked, and continue to work, with a number of students suffering from a wide range debilitating, and often deadly, allergies. Over the years I have asked the question: why so many children now? In conversations I have suggested, admittedly with tongue a bit in cheek, that George Carlin’s thesis, that we don’t work […]

BUSINESS: PROTECT US FROM THE FREE MARKET…!

August 31st, 2014

When they can’t compete, corporations scramble for government protection. The US telecoms industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents. USTelecom, which represents telecoms giants Verizon, AT&T and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high-speed […]

WELL, THAT EXPLAINS THAT…

August 27th, 2014

Internet service was down for millions of Americans on Wednesday morning after cable company Time Warner suffered a major outage. The company, which has almost 12 million broadband subscribers nationwide, has acknowledged the fault, and says it is “working to restore services to all areas”, but has no estimated time of restoration. Buried at the […]

THE KIDS ARE SLEEPY…

August 25th, 2014

Many studies have documented that the average adolescent in the U.S. is chronically sleep-deprived and pathologically sleepy. A National Sleep Foundation poll found 59 percent of 6th through 8th graders and 87 percent of high school students in the U.S. were getting less than the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep on school nights. […]

SUGAR (LIKE SALT AND FAT) IS A POISON…

August 24th, 2014

[Dr. Robert] Lustig has spent the past 16 years treating childhood obesity. His meta-analysis of the cutting-edge research on large-cohort studies of what sugar does to populations across the world, alongside his own clinical observations, has him credited with starting the war on sugar. When it reaches the enemy status of tobacco, it will be […]

REDISCOVERING THE HERE AND NOW…

August 24th, 2014

Hmmm… This morning Garry Trudeau, Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman are in sync…

CUTE HACKING CAT VIDEOS…

August 16th, 2014

Many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites. People also think that the NSA and its international partners are the only ones who have turned the internet into a militarized zone. But according to research I […]

BRIGHT DIM IDEA USB LIGHTBULB…

August 12th, 2014

The Bright Idea USB Lightbulb is a good concept, but the execution falls flat. After less than 10 hours of use, the bulb suffers from an intermittent open that causes the light to blink erratically. I thought the problem might be in my computer’s USB ports—the design does put some stress on the connection—but I […]

EAT LESS, EXERCISE MORE, REPEAT…

August 7th, 2014

Prompted by a discussion on Mano Singham’s blog…

THE KILLER DISEASE DEADLIER THAN EBOLA…*

August 6th, 2014

Once again Americans, unable to understand basic science or threat analysis, are prepared to panic over a Black person killing them and those they love with the very scary (and very, very African) Ebola virus. I call bullshit. This was the poll question in my hometown newspaper yesterday: Are you worried a deadly disease such […]

NON-TECTONIC EVENTS AND FRACKING…?

July 26th, 2014

2008 and (mouse over) 2014 USGS maps of peak ground acceleration for 2-percent probability of exceedance in 50 years and VS30 site condition of 760 meters per second. This morning I’m looking at the United States Geological Service’s report: Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps and the first […]

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