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Last Build Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:12:34 +0000


A Letter To The Logging Company That Is Suing Greenpeace [Greg Laden's Blog]

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:56:50 +0000

This is interesting. It is a letter from Hachette Livre, a major international publisher, to Resolute Forest Products, the group that is trying to sue a number of environmental groups into submission. (See these posts: Taking The Axe To The Environmental Movement: Resolute v. Greenpeace and Freedom of Speech, Resolute Forestry, Stand.Earth, Greenpeace: New Developments)…

The Future Of Astronomy: Thousands Of Radio Telescopes That Can See Beyond The Stars (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:06:56 +0000

“Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.” -Dave Barry When we break out the big guns — space telescopes like Hubble or James Webb — we can see the Universe as it was billions of…

Occupational Health News Roundup [The Pump Handle]

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:17:29 +0000

Indonesian workers who make Ivanka Trump's clothing line report poverty wages and unjust working conditions; Colorado lawmakers adopt law providing workers' comp for injured workers; Trump administration rescinds more Obama-era labor rules; and Walmart workers report being punished for taking sick leave.

Who shot first? [Greg Laden's Blog]

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:25:18 +0000

No, this is not about that. I believe it is true that for decades, shooters and politically violent people (two overlapping categories) in the US were right wingers, almost always. Case in point: the white supremacists who have now all been handed (a little bit of) jail time for emptying a pistol into a crowd…

Around the Web: A quick list of readings on “predatory” open access journals [Confessions of a Science Librarian]

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:25:57 +0000

As a kind of quick follow up to my long ago post on Some perspective on “predatory” open access journals (presentation version, more or less, here and very short video version here) and in partial response to the recent What I learned from predatory publishers, I thought I would gather a bunch of worthwhile items…

He’s on fire! How the hot hand helped Golden State become NBA champions (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:44:28 +0000

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” -Arnold Glascow When someone makes a shot, it’s a little instinctive to want to give them the ball again to see if they’ll make another. If they make three or four in a row, you’ll really want to ride that ‘hot hand’ as…

Health advocates threaten lawsuit against firm importing asbestos to U.S. [The Pump Handle]

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:18:57 +0000

OxyChem imports about 300,000 pounds of asbestos annually. Health groups allege the company failed to report to EPA their significant use of asbestos.

Zika remains a serious threat. Federal funding cuts will make the problem even worse. [The Pump Handle]

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:25:30 +0000

Last year’s emergency Zika funding is about to run out and there’s no new money in the pipeline. It’s emblematic of the kind of short-term, reactive policymaking that public health officials have been warning us about for years. Now, as we head into summer, public health again faces a dangerous, highly complex threat along with an enormous funding gap.

Truffles [Stoat]

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:59:41 +0000

And now for something completely different: a man with a stoat through his head. Nonono, not that. Instead, a thing from the garden: It is, or so I understand, a truffle. Or rather two. I found them while mowing the front lawn on Sunday. This was somewhat unexpected. And indeed, I might not even have…

Unique ‘Sideways Tornadoes’ Shaped The Landscape Of Mars, New Study Shows (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:00:14 +0000

“This would be like an F8 tornado sweeping across the surface. These are winds on Mars that will never be seen again unless [there is] another impact.” -Peter Schultz When you examine craters on the surfaces of worlds across the solar system, you find that there are rays emanating outward, containing a mix of ejecta…