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July 22, 2014

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5:51 PM | Plotting with the Highcharts.js API
Full output here. Preview: Filed under: Data
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5:38 PM | Plotting with the plot.ly API
Output (non-interactive version): Filed under: Data
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4:07 PM | Planetary science review to be released soon
The long-awaited—apprehensively, in some quarters—senior review of NASA planetary science missions is effectively complete and will be publicly released in the next week or two, a NASA official said Monday. “The planetary senior review, from a scientific report standpoint, has just been completed,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division, in a presentation [...]
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1:30 PM | No quick end for 2015 appropriations process
For a time this spring, it appeared that Congress would make quick work of fiscal year 2015 spending bills. The House, for example, passed its version of a Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill, which funds NASA, NOAA, and NSF among other agencies, in late May. Meanwhile, debate on the Senate version of the [...]

July 21, 2014

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4:56 PM | What is ‘The Last Why’?
I’m changing this blog’s name from Is Nerd because I haven’t felt like a nerd for a while and the blog’s contents have reflected that, too. At the same time, I’m not going to split up my stuff between different blogs because,…Read more ›
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2:48 PM | Reason Number Gazillion I Thank The FSM For The 2008 Election Result
That would be that Lindsay Graham, the Republican senator who is totally not pandering for re-election.  The idea that this guy would have had any possibility of a role at the center of the national security and or foreign policy apparatus in a McCain administration should send jolts of terror through anyone who doesn’t think […]
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9:47 AM | European Conference on Health Economics – Dublin, July 2014
Last week saw the European Conference on Health Economics (ECHE) hosted by Trinity College Dublin.  CCHSR’s Ed Wilson was there. International conferences are always a great opportunity to find out what your colleagues are up to in different corners of the world.  ECHE was no exception.  The venue was Trinity College Dublin, home to the beautifully ...read more
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3:00 AM | Science Quiz – July 21, 2014
Every week, I create a science quiz for The Hindu newspaper’s In School product. It consists of 10 questions and only developments from the week preceding its day of publication (Monday). The answers are at the end. (This week’s quiz…Read more ›

July 20, 2014

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7:37 PM | My New Favorite Mayor…
…would be Her Honor Kimberley Driscoll, chief executive of the town of Salem, MA, now caught up in a  dispute with Gordon College.   Gordon is a Christian school with an educational mission it describes thusly: “The best foundation for Christian higher education is the narrative of Scripture, and the goal of Christian higher learning is love—for both God and […]
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6:02 PM | Senators debate RD-180 replacement, EELV competition
A hearing several days ago held jointly by subcommittees of the Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee on space access issues covered two of the key issues facing that topic in recent months: developing a domestic replacement for the RD-180 and competition for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions. However, members showed little [...]
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9:07 AM | Curious Bends – Delhi’s pollution, faked data, AIDS epidemic and more
1. The puzzle of Delhi’s air pollution Delhi has the world’s worst ambient air quality. In the decade since a chunk of its public transport moved to using compressed natural gas from petroleum, the problem has devolved into other socioeconomic…Read more ›
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4:06 AM | Early morning pigeon-sighting
Filed under: Opinions

July 18, 2014

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5:11 PM | At Future Space, members of Congress discuss future of space legislation
On Thursday, the Future Space Leaders Foundation held Future Space 2014, a conference oriented primarily to students and young professionals to discuss “cross-cutting issues” in space. The event included talks by four members of House, who discussed a range of issues about civil, commercial, and military space policy. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), chairman of the [...]
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12:49 PM | A thicker crust on Vesta questions how it was baked
Billing its mission as a journey to the beginning of the Solar System, the NASA Dawn probe has revealed more information about the asteroid Vesta that has scientists both eager and cautious about what they have learned. The second largest…Read more ›
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7:39 AM | Back Safety Infographic: Heavy Lifting
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6:19 AM | Workplace PPE Infographic: PPE – The Basics
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5:25 AM | JHA Infographic: Job Hazard Analysis
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July 17, 2014

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10:30 PM | Call for Applications: 2nd edition of the South East European Science Journalism Workshop (Deadline: 18 August 2014)
From UNESCO and Balkan School of Science Journalism: "The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of the specialized South East European (SEE) regional workshop on science journalism will be conducted from 19 to 22 September 2014 in Podgorica, Montenegro, during the Open Science Festival. The relationship between science and society can be challenging. Linking science to society, improving public understanding of […]

July 16, 2014

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7:38 PM | NASA, members of Congress make case for Europa mission
As NASA released a call for proposals for instruments that could fly on a future robotic mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, some key members of Congress expressed support Tuesday for flying such a mission sooner rather than later. “This is a wonderful crowd,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Science Committee, at [...]
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3:41 PM | Measuring "ordinary science intelligence": a look under the hood of OSI_2.0
As the 12 billion readers of this blog (we are down 2 billion, apparently because we’ve been blocked in the Netherlands Antilles & Macao. . .) know, I have been working on & reporting various analyses involving an “ordinary science intelligence” (OSI) science-comprehension measure. Indeed, one post describing how it relates to political outlooks triggered some really weird events—more than once in fact! But in any case, I’ve now assembled a set of […]
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2:28 PM | July 2014 NEW RELEASE: Pallet Jack Safety Training Video by JJ Keller
JJ Keller has just released a brand new training video for Pallet Jack operators. It’s available in DVD and online training format. Check it out! Most employers provide only basic forklift training to pallet jack operators. Given that pallet jack operators are frequently getting on and off the machine, there are some important subtleties that need [...]
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11:56 AM | House members press NASA for information on “epidemic of anomalies” with SpaceX missions
Three members of Congress from Alabama and Colorado have asked NASA to provide information on what they receive to be an “epidemic of anomalies” on missions performed by SpaceX. “Recent news reports have shown that an epidemic of anomalies have occurred during SpaceX launches or launch attempts,” write Reps. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), [...]
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3:30 AM | Hinterland
I hate travelling. But don’t confuse that with going to new places and meeting new people. I don’t mind that. What I dislike is catching a train or a flight and mingling with other people on the move, in train stations and airports, while waiting for cabs and on the way to wherever I’m going. […]
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2:55 AM | Does Your Drug Policy Refer to “illegal drugs”? It May Need To Be Changed
Availability of legal, recreational pot in Washington state is a big change. What hasn’t changed is employers’ ability to test their employees for marijuana use. Even so, employers should check their drug policies in light of the new pot law. Drug testing that includes marijuana is still legal for Washington employers. The new weed law [...]
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2:37 AM | Production vs. Safety: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days before Temp Worker’s Death
This story was done in collaboration with Univision. Inside the sugar plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., nobody could find Janio Salinas, a 50-year-old temp worker from just over the New Jersey border. Throughout the morning, Salinas and a handful of other workers had been bagging mounds of sugar for a company that supplies the makers of Snapple [...]
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1:19 AM | But We’ve Always Done it This Way: Top Ten List
What does that really mean? Perhaps you just asked a question at a committee meeting. The room went silent and at least one person pointedly explained to you that “We’ve always done it this way”. The rest of the group either chimed in or nodded their heads in arrogant approval. Some might even have glanced at [...]
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12:56 AM | No Escape: Dangers of Confined Spaces
Related Confined Space Training DVDs: Confined Space Entry Training Video Address the major areas of employee training required by the regulation. View Product Confined Space Entry A Retraining Program Video or DVD Gives employees the information they need to refresh their knowledge of OSHA’s Confined Space regulation. View Product HAZWOPER [...]

July 15, 2014

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11:38 PM | Bosnia and Herzegovina gets yet another ethnic science academy: a (second) Croatian one
Academies of science and arts have a long history of being intertwined with political and religious issues, and this is perhaps nowhere as evident as in the troubled Balkans - the meeting place of Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim faiths, where many ethnicities lay claim to the land. I wrote about some of the issues surrounding science academies as proxies to nation-state building in Science a couple of years ago, when new Roma and Bosniak (Muslim) academies were being set up.... Read more
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3:19 PM | DOD official defends EELV block buy, endorses launch competition
While the Senate gears up for a joint hearing Wednesday on space access, some members of the House Armed Services Committee used a July 10 hearing on Defense Department acquisitions issues to grill a top Pentagon official on the topic of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) “We don’t seem to be as encouraging of [...]
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12:30 PM | "Bounded rationality": the Grigori Rasputin of explanations for public perceptions of climate change risk
Another excerpt from Climate Science Communication and the Measurement Problem.  4.  Is identity-protective cognition irrational? The idea that “disbelief” in global warming is attributable to low “science literacy” is not the only explanation for public conflict over climate change that fails to survive an encounter with actual evidence. The same is true for the proposition that such controversy is a consequence of “bounded rationality.” Indeed, […]
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