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Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:38:11 +0000


Will 2017 be the antivaccine year? [Respectful Insolence]

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:38:11 +0000

With the election of one of their own to the White House, antivaxers feel emboldened. They think that Donald Trump is sympathetic to their cause, and they have reasons to belief that. Will 2017 be the "tipping point," the year the antivaccine movement clearly becomes ascendant?

Comments of the Week #149: From the Universe’s center to the most common elements [Starts With A Bang]

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:39:39 +0000

“We think we’ve come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, is all ancient history. Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly, it threatens to start all over again.” -Captain Picard It’s been another remarkable week here at Starts With A Bang! Of course there’s been news, science, physics and astronomy galore, but the biggest…

Ask Ethan: How can I travel through space without getting into trouble? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:19:44 +0000

“I really didn’t have to work, shall we say, with Star Trek. It was a natural. When I opened my mouth, there was Scotty. It’s like I tell people what you see in Scotty is 99% James Doohan and 1% accent.” -James Doohan So, your friend on the USS Enterprise beamed you aboard, took you…

More Classic Dystopian Fiction [Greg Laden's Blog]

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:45:29 +0000

Animal farm: A Fairy Story “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most…

Around the Web: Why music ownership matters, Beyond jazz’s boys club and other tales of the music industry [Confessions of a Science Librarian]

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:42:50 +0000

Why music ownership matters Forgetting What I’ve Heard: Why I Miss Buying Music Henry Rollins: Will I Be Able to Finish Listening to All My Records Before I Die? Beyond Jazz’s Boys Club The Forgotten Architects of Jazz — And the New York Women Bringing Them Back Beyond the boys club: Striving for diversity and…

‘Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives.’ [The Pump Handle]

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:16:16 +0000

The anti-vaxxers were out again this week, spreading misinformation and debunked science about an intervention that’s saved millions of lives and prevented immeasurable human suffering. It’s unconscionable.

Worth reading: Polarizing public health and trauma in New Orleans schools [The Pump Handle]

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:05:31 +0000

Recent pieces address why public-health issues get polarized, how New Orleans schools are tackling trauma, home-health workers defending the ACA, and more.

What is the Universe’s third most common element? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:02:28 +0000

“It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole.” -Dmitri Mendeleev When the Universe…

1984, the novel [Greg Laden's Blog]

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:38:38 +0000

1984 “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own…