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Trump’s EPA pick will make Obama regret his environmental overreach? [Stoat]

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:50:54 +0000

Via someone else (Gavin, perhaps?; his tweet is relevant) – I certainly don’t read The Hill regularly – comes Trump’s EPA pick will make Obama regret his environmental overreach by evil arch uber-villain Patrick Michaels. A quick search shows me not having much to say about PM; I seem to have left that to Eli…

Ask Ethan: how do I become an astronaut/astrophysicist? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:37:51 +0000

“I’m coming back in… and it’s the saddest moment of my life.” -Ed White, at the end of his first spacewalk A great many of us had dreams of becoming an astronaut when we were younger, and many of us still have that dream today. But turning that dream into reality involves a lot of…

December Pieces Of My Mind #1 [Aardvarchaeology]

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:21:16 +0000

OK so Google Inbox is excellent and I use it all the time. Takes so much of the stress out of e-mail. But I wonder, when are we getting Google Imbolc? Hehe. This Swedish author intends to talk about the actions of the Medieval aristocracy, instead puts “their acting”. And his language reviewer does nothing…

Effects of environmental temperature on fruit flies [Life Lines]

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:42:13 +0000

A changing climate has the potential to greatly impact ectotherms, which depend on the environment to regulate their own body temperatures. In a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology- Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, researchers were curious how exposure to varying temperatures would affect developing ectotherms. They answered this question using Drosophila melanogaster,…

CDC: U.S. life expectancy declines, death rates up for heart disease, diabetes, unintentional injury [The Pump Handle]

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:29:13 +0000

For the first time in more than two decades, U.S. life expectancy has dropped.

Maura Healey ha ha ha [Stoat]

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:57:28 +0000

The Exxon saga rumbles on. Via RK on fb I find Exxon Wins Latest Legal Round in Climate Fight With Mass. AG from Inside Climate News. And the motto is: those that live by the courts will die by the courts. Or, in this case, a federal judge in Texas says Massachusetts AG Maura Healey…

Friday Cephalopod: Not an omelet [Pharyngula]

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:18:18 +0000

What a squid egg mass looks like if you step back a bit:

How the Universe changed in 2016 (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:01:49 +0000

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” -W. Somerset Maugham After 13.8 billion years have gone by, you might not think that a year makes much of a difference. A year to the…

Destroying the FDA to save it? No, more like just destroying it. [Respectful Insolence]

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:17 +0000

Yesterday, I noted the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, a Hobson’s choice of a bill for those of us who support increased biomedical research funding that basically said: You can have an increase in the NIH budget. You can have the Cancer Moonshot. You can have President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and his…

The Best Bird Books [Greg Laden's Blog]

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:18:26 +0000

A few suggestions for holiday gifts, or library upgrades, in the topic of birds. Thinking About Birds Thinking Some very interesting books came out this year that investigate bird brains. Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence by Nathan Emery is the best current book on animal intelligence, and one of the best bird books…