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Last Build Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 16:44:25 +0000


Using fish skin to treat burn victims [Life Lines]

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:44:25 +0000

Researchers in Brazil are testing a new way to treat burn victims. They have found that tilapia skin is rich in collagen which helps the damaged skin heal better than standard wound dressings and eliminates the need to wait for donor tissue. Check out these videos from YouTube describing this radical new idea in burn…

The World Is Wasting Our Irreplaceable Helium, And Nobody Cares (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:13 +0000

“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.” -George Carlin When you think of helium, you very likely think of balloons, birthday parties, and blimps. But this inert,…

Seven Stories Of Science Gone Wrong [Greg Laden's Blog]

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:05:35 +0000

What, with all the attacks on science and scientist these days, we may not want to be focusing on those times when science goes off the rails and makes a huge mess of things. But, science at its best and scientists at their best, will never shy away from such things. Dr. Paul Offit just…

A compound derived from marijuana decreases seizure frequency in children with Dravet syndrome, and there’s nothing “miraculous” about it [Respectful Insolence]

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:01:41 +0000

There's a new clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing a beneficial effect due to cannabidiol, a chemical isolated from marijuana, on drug-resistant seizures due to Dravet syndrome. Medical marijuana advocates are crowing, "I told you so!" As is usually the case, the real story is more nuanced.

The Best Children’s Books #1 [Greg Laden's Blog]

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:55:40 +0000

It is hard to find a good book for kids between the ages of 5 and 9. These are kids who can read, but at varying (and rapidly changing) levels, and who are too fancy for the little kid books (thick, big pictures, few words, boring). Amanda and Huxley spend a lot of time figuring…

Georgia congressman resurrects bad idea, poultry workers threatened with faster line speeds [The Pump Handle]

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:20:48 +0000

A Georgia congressman thinks poultry plants should be able to increase line speeds to 175 birds per minute. That was a bad idea from Obama’s USDA. It was nixed, but now it’s resurrected.

Trump’s NASA Budget Eliminates Education Office, Plunging America Into The Dark (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:25 +0000

“First Rate People hire first rate people. Second rate people hire third rate people.” -Hermann Weyl So, here we are, encountering one another on the internet. There’s a really good chance that this is because you have some interest in space, science, astronomy, astrophysics, or some related area. Although I am an astrophysicist with a…

Long-Overdue Photo-a-Day Wrap-Up [Uncertain Principles]

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:43:40 +0000

During my sabbatical last year, I decided to try to do a photo-a-day project, taking and sharing at least one good picture a day of something or another. The strict photo-a-day format fell victim to my general busy-ness and disorganization, but I did eventually complete the whole thing. In the final post of the series,…

May Pieces Of My Mind #2 [Aardvarchaeology]

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:21:16 +0000

I don’t know what “the winter of 1473” means. January and February? November and December? Just got home from a sunny bike ride that was also incidentally my least successful geocaching expedition ever. I was in Hammarby Sjöstad, a recently built and densely populated urban area. The only way a geocache survives in such an…

Why flamingos stand on one leg [Life Lines]

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:47:52 +0000

Scientists think they have discovered the reason why flamingos (Phoenicopteridae) stand on one leg. In a new study published in Biology Letters scientists studied both live flamingos and carcasses. What they found was that standing on leg requires less energy or effort than standing on both legs. In fact, the researchers found carcasses could be made to stand on…