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October 29, 2014

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5:54 PM | Annals of “If Anyone Was Offended” — Post-Racial America Edition
Via TPM I came across this repulsive story: Officials have confirmed that an offensive Halloween display at a Fort Campbell residence has been removed. A ClarksvilleNow.com reader sent a photo of the display, which shows what appears to be a black family hanging from a tree in a yard on Litwin St. The child in the display […]
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2:19 PM | More discussion of SPBMC ...
Chris Mooney has written an interesting story in the Washington Post about the SPBMC paper on climate-science literacy and cultural cognition of global warming.  There is also interesting discussion appearing in the comments section after my own post on the paper--including an important and informative response by S[evenson].   So today I'd rather see what others think about SPBMC & my response to it (including whether I'm missing something; wouldn't be first time!) than divert […]
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1:58 PM | Republicans Are Bad For Your Health
This is just a drive-by sidelight on Richard Mayhew’s brief over at Balloon Juice — but its worth taking a look at this explainer from the Upshot. The good news:  Obamacare is doing what it set out to do.  Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz write that The biggest winners from the law include people between the […]
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4:19 AM | Climate, Chaos, Confusion
A common question is "doesn't chaos theory mean you can't predict the climate"? Or sometimes, just "isn't climate chaotic"? Here I have to get very careful with language, because a few things are getting confused. There is a way of thinking about these questions that makes sense, but not everybody who talks about them knows it. [more]

October 28, 2014

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2:12 PM | What comes first--misinformation or the motivation to believe it? Some reflections on study design
 Unlike our myriad competitors, the CCP blog now & again gets genuine experts to come in & address complicated stuff that these commentators actually know something about. We've been criticized for this, but sometimes I'm too busy to write myself & have no choice.  Anyway, the following is an expert guest post from a commentator making his second "guest" appearance.  Kevin Arceneaux's last essay, Partisan Media Are Not Destroying America (while subsequently disproven […]
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8:56 AM | Dealing with Ebola and Ebola-Related Fears in the Workplace
Now that the Ebola virus has landed on U.S. soil, employers here are grappling with how to address various workplace issues, ranging from addressing irrational fears among employees to dealing with employees who may have had actual or potential exposure to the virus. First, employers should learn the facts about the Ebola virus to help [...]
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8:22 AM | Lights not Working, Truck Runs Over and Kills Worker: Is Company to Blame?
The overhead flood lights at a UPS facility’s entrance gate weren’t working. It was before sunrise, and a worker who had to open the gate for incoming trucks was run over by one and killed. Will OSHA violations against the company for lack of proper lighting and employee training stick? On Sept. 15, 2010, a [...]
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7:44 AM | He did What to try to get Workers’ Comp?
Some employees will go to great lengths to fake an injury and claim workers’ comp. In this case, the worker even damaged company property in his effort. Glenn Jones of Cleveland has pleaded guilty to filing a false workers’ compensation claim, a first-degree misdemeanor. Security video shows Jones stomped on the floor to create a [...]
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7:02 AM | No Escape: Dangers of Confined Spaces
Related Confined Spaces 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. [...]

October 27, 2014

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5:23 PM | Marijuana and Teenage Brains: Can Pot Make Kids Dumber?
Ever wondered why the legal age to consume marijuana is 21 (in Colorado and Washington)? My first publication in The Stranger (A Seattle newspaper founded by Tim Keck, who also  co-founded The Onion) takes a look at the scientific research behind how toking up at a young age might do permanent brain damage. Read it HERE! Fair warning, although my article is safe for work, a lot of content in The Stranger is somewhat outspoken and contains NSFW language.SourceThanks […]
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1:41 PM | Unconfounding knowledge from cultural identity--as big a challenging for measuring the climate-science literacy of middle schoolers as grown ups
A friend (of the best sort—one who has “got your back” to protect you from entropy’s diabolical plan to deprive you of the benefits of advances in collective knowledge) sent me a very interesting new study: Stevenson, K. T., Peterson, M. N., Bondell, H. D., Moore, S. E., & Carrier, S. J., Overcoming skepticism with education: interacting influences of worldview and climate change knowledge on perceived climate change risk among adolescents, Climatic Change, […]

October 26, 2014

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7:00 PM | New paper: "Laws of cognition, cognition of law"
This teeny weeny paper is for a special issue of the journal Cognition. The little diagrams illustrating how one or another cognitive dynamic can be understood in relation to a simple Bayesian information-processing model are best part, I think; I am almost as obsessed with constructing these as I am with generating the multi-colored "Industrial Strength Risk Perception Measure" scatterplots.
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6:15 PM | I Hear There’s A Sporting Contest Today…
That would be, of course, the fifth game of the World Series.  So, in advance of the stirring triumph by the Sons of Willie Mays,* here’s a nice bit of baseball reporting and writing, one that captures something of the difference of the game fans watch and that which the players play. Even a Boston-fan-in-adulthood […]

October 25, 2014

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6:21 PM | Fables Of The Reconstruction: Cue The World’s Tiniest Violin Edition — Plus: Bonus For A Good Time On The Cape!
Attention conservation notice (term stolen from Cosma): What follows is mostly purely Levenson-domicile maundering.  The good stuff is at the end; great art by someone I love.  Now you know. I’ve gone silent on our kitchen renovation farrago, for the obvious and very good reason:  it’s the eternal return of the same, and thus boring. Everyone […]

October 24, 2014

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4:59 AM | Animal Caretaker Safety Training
There are a wide variety of businesses and institutions that hire animal caretakers to help with bathing, grooming, and feeding nonfarm animals. Zoos, Veterinarian offices, groomers, and shelters often need the services of animal caretakers, and this can be a dream job for anyone who loves spending time with animals. Below, you’ll find a list [...]

October 23, 2014

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3:32 PM | Upcoming and Recent Science Cheerleader Events
We’ve been busy! Here’s a brief rundown of upcoming ad recent events! Upcoming Events November 1 Discovery Days at AT&T Park San Francisco, CA Science Cheerleader and our sister site, SciStarter, will have a booth at this culminating event for the Bay Area Science Festival to talk about women in STEM, citizen science and NASA’s Asteroid Initiative. November 4 Tech-Ed Day Garden City, NY Science Cheerleader Christine will be talking with visitors at the Cradle of Aviation […]

October 22, 2014

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9:41 PM | Ebola Outbreak: What Should the U.S. Do?
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5:35 PM | Winner Of The “I Need A (Chocolate) Cigarette After Reading That” Award
Chris Kluwe on Gamergate: Dear #Gamergaters, Do you know why you piss me the fuck off? Because you’re lazy. You’re ignorant. You are a blithering collection of wannabe Wikipedia philosophers, drunk on your own buzzwords, incapable of forming an original thought. You display a lack of knowledge stunning in its scope, a fundamental disregard of history […]

October 21, 2014

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1:25 PM | What type of Fall Protection is Needed to Operate a Lift?
The very fact that you are concerned with which type of fall protection to use while operating a lift already puts you ahead of the game. How often have you seen workers in boom lifts with absolutely no fall protection? I’m willing to bet it’s pretty often. What those workers don’t realize (let’s give them the [...]
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1:07 PM | Worker dies After Being Sprayed with Heated Chemical
The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed on a construction site has proposed legislation for a mandatory fine when an employee is killed on the job. “He was priceless, and $3,000 doesn’t do s—,” said the man’s stepbrother. Brett Collins was killed in Sheridan, WY, two years ago. He was struck in the [...]
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12:50 PM | Is $3,000 a Large Enough Penalty for a Workplace Death?
The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed on a construction site has proposed legislation for a mandatory fine when an employee is killed on the job. “He was priceless, and $3,000 doesn’t do s—,” said the man’s stepbrother. Brett Collins was killed in Sheridan, WY, two years ago. He was struck in the [...]
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12:35 PM | Accident Investigation Reveals Missteps that led to Death of Forklift Operator
Related Forklift Training DVDs: Forklift Safety Training DVD Review how to inspect forklifts and other powered industrial truck equipment prior to operation, & more. View Product The Forklift Workshop DVD Training Video Innovative approach to educating forklift operators — new and veteran — on proper forklift safety procedures. View [...]
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7:58 AM | SpotOn London: Public interest and privacy in the digital world – 14/15 November 2014
The annual conference, SpotOn London, will be taking place at the Wellcome Trust on Friday,
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2:39 AM | October 2014 Open Thread
More thread.

October 20, 2014

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2:13 PM | How can we use patient experience surveys to improve care?
One new answer, for cancer patients, comes from our analysis of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, published this week in the European Journal of Cancer Care We found strong inequalities in experience between patients with different cancer diagnoses, and these were pretty consistent across the whole patient journey, from pre-diagnosis care to post hospital ...read more

October 17, 2014

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1:05 PM | Let’s do an unconference
Guest Post by Martin Fenner. Martin Fenner is the technical lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics

October 16, 2014

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6:39 PM | Citizen Science with Pop Warner in Chicago and pregame at the Chicago Bulls game!
Science Cheerleader Tracy has been busy! She helped lead the parents for the Plainfield, Illinois Pop Warner Saints (and Angels) cheer teams through the NASA Asteroid Initiative texting activity on September 7. The Angels are a special-needs cheerleading sister squad for the Saints. The Angels squad includes girls with cerebal palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, and other conditions. Tracy had this to report: “It was amazing; the Angels even go out at halftime right after the Saints and do […]
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1:39 PM | QOTW: Krugman
When the going gets tough, the people losing the argument start whining about civility.Paul Krugman (h/t Eli)

October 15, 2014

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3:08 PM | A little Citizen Science at the Phillies Game (thanks to Drexel Cheerleaders!)
Thank you, Drexel University cheerleaders for participating in “Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen Forum” while at the Philadelphia Phillies game! We want YOU to participate! Sign up here: http://www.ECASTonline.org/ (Special thanks to wonder twins Beverly and Angela who are Science Cheerleaders and Drexel Cheerleaders!)
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11:41 AM | Emily: Biomedical engineer, former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader
Former Arizona Cardinals  Cheerleader and Science Cheerleader Emily appeared at the STEM in Sports Expo in Phoenix on September 27 where she talked about her career, citizen science and more! Hi, Emily! Why did you pursue a degree in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University? In high school I shattered my foot in track (I was a sprinter) and during that time I did a lot of thinking about how I could have prevented it. I was in a boot...[ Read Full Story ]
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