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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Best Overall Science and Health Site

This is, hands down, the best science/health site I've ever seen, and I've been on the Internet since 1984, well before the web.

You can type almost anything into its 'Search' box and find articles on it.

Yes, I know the date is 2006; I did that to keep it at the top of this blog.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Pacific turning acidic

Just more for the anti-global warming crowd to try and rationalize away.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Energy shortages? Already?

I guess the UK hasn't heard BushCo's pronouncements on all the extra energy that there is, and about switchgrass!

Can you say, "Peak Oil"?

I knew you could!!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Arizona drought - and the 'perfect storm'

Rats. I told a friend of mine in New Orleans, for years, about the coming flood.

I still haven't heard from him.

Now, I've been telling people in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Utah about the coming drought (actually, a return to historically normal levels).

I hate when I'm right.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mars rock hold carbon!

Wowza! A London museum let some scientists crack open a Mars meteorite; ie. a solid rock.

"I think it's too early to say how [the carbonaceous material] got there... the important thing is that people are always arguing with fallen meteorites that this is something that got in there after it fell to Earth.

"I think we can dismiss that. There's no way a solid piece of carbon got inside a meteorite."

Analysis of the interior revealed channels and pores filled with a complex mixture of carbon compounds. Some of this forms a dark, branching - or dendritic - material when seen under the microscope.

"It's really interesting material. We don't exactly know what it means yet, but it's all over the thin sections of the Nakhla material," said co-author Kathie Thomas Keprta, of Lockheed Martin Corporation in Houston, Texas.

Uh. yeah. Too early to say how carbon got inside a solid rock. Maybe when the rock was formed?

Wowza! I wonder what the born-agains will make of this. Carbon, as we know, only comes from the inside of rocks when carbon-based life dies - either inside the rock, or outside and then is swept up and the melted rock swirls around it or as crystals grow around the carbon. This was not a crystal, though.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Avian Flu looks a lot like 1981 Spanish Flu

Well, if the Avian Flu looks like the 1918 flu (though the article doesn't say whether this is a recent evolutionary change for the H5N1 or whether it's had these features all along), then it brings to mind an old saying.

It's like the monkey said when he backed into the fan.

"It won't be long now!"

Here's the CDC chart on bird flu deaths, by year. You'll note that for most countries, the current month of January - if multiplied by 12, the number of cases is running well ahead of 2005.

The CDC has a new publication out "Assessing the Pandemic Threat". Interesting reading.
1. The H5N1 outbreak in 2004: a pandmemic in waiting?
2. Lessons from past pandemics
3. Understanding the outbreaks in poultry
4. Action in the face of an uncertain threat

Tables and Boxes
- Influenza A viruses:sloppy, capricious, and promiscuous
- Investigations of human-to-human transmission
- Human cases, Viet Nam
- Human cases, Thailand
- The origin of pandemic viruses
- The WHO global influenza programme: a network of flu "detectives"
- Previous outbreaks of pathogenic avian influenza worldwide
- Documented human infections with avian influenza viruses
- Non-medical interventions at the national level
- Non-medical interventions at the international level

Monday, January 23, 2006

United States Ranks 28th on Environment, a New Study Says - New York Times

Wow! You really have to give props to Malaysia and Chile; they came in ahead of us in environmental issues om a study by Yale and Columbia.

Obviously, the study is biased against the U.S. because it uses those thingies... what are they?? Oh, yeah. Facts.