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April 01, 2014

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2:15 PM | Does OSHA Make It More Difficult to Discipline Workers?
Companies have to enforce their safety rules, and that includes disciplining workers. But OSHA says you can’t retaliate against an employee for reporting an injury – one that might have occurred because the worker violated a safety rule. With OSHA’s growing emphasis on whistleblowers, how do you balance this? The answer: carefully. That’s the message in a [...]
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2:13 PM | The undersea cables wiring the Earth
US telecoms research firm TeleGeography has published its annual Submarine Cable Map, giving an excellent overview of international connectivity. Over 99% of international communications are delivered by undersea cables; while satellites are used for broadcasting, and are useful for rural communities and very remote places, satellite capacity is limited and expensive. As you can see […]
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2:02 PM | OSHA Publishes New GHS/HazCom Guide for Small Businesses
OSHA has just published a 40-page PDF that describes the necessary steps for GHS compliance. It’s targeted specifically to small businesses and includes a sample written HazCom program. The PDF is available for free download at OSHAs website. Related GHS Training DVDs: HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities Training DVD Assists industrial facilities of all types [...]
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1:43 PM | Fears of loss of access to the ISS fade despite ongoing crisis
A month ago, as the crisis over the Crimea ramped up, many people worried about the ramifications of Russia’s actions on operations of the International Space Station (ISS), particularly since NASA and the other partners rely on Russia for transporting crews to and from the outpost. However, those concerns have started to fade, in part [...]
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12:00 PM | Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long
April is National Poetry Writing Month! To participate in NaPoWriMo 2014, write a poem each day this month. Read on for details.
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3:14 AM | April 2014 Open Thread
More thread.
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2:39 AM | High-performing Companies Invest More in Training
A client of ours recently asked how many hours of safety training employees should receive each year. The answer, much like other things in life, is “it depends.” Training requirements are influenced by a number of factors including industry type, the regulatory environment, employee tenure and senior management commitment. For example, new employees tend to have [...]
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2:15 AM | Renegade Union Official Leaks Censored OSHA Video
Related Training DVDs: Workplace Safety 101 A Guide for New Employees Gives new hires the tools to develop solid safety habits and hazard perception skills from the start. View Product Safety and Health Advanced Training Video Covers more advanced guidelines and best practices for safety in a variety of industrial workplaces. [...]

March 31, 2014

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3:00 PM | Profile: Long Awkward Pause Is Anything But
Group blogs like Long Awkward Pause shine on WordPress.com -- and now you can say you knew the comedic confab before they hit the big time.
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12:00 PM | Monday Morning Edition
In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover.
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11:30 AM | Wasted research effort
In 2009, Chalmers and Glasziou published a study claiming that up to 80% of research is wasted.  They further identified various points in the research process at which the waste occurs, including failures to ask the ‘right’ questions, use of inappropriate study designs and methods, selective publication of the results and failure to adequately report ...read more

March 30, 2014

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11:53 PM | Flop Sweat, GOP edition
At least some Republicans have grasped what it means — maybe for 2014, certainly later — if/when Obamacare is and is seen to be a success: “I don’t think it means anything,” [Sen. John]Barrasso said on “Fox News Sunday” about the news that 6 million people had signed up for health care plans. “I think […]
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9:09 PM | The Idea Formerly Known As Wisconsin
The Walker administration continues its program of reducing Wisconsin to the squalid and inequitable status of a typical red state. Dan Kaufman explains a particularly alarming environmental development in an opinion piece in the New York Times. [more]
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8:46 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/30/9759/
We are plagued by grumpy nostalgists — mystics on both wings who preach hostility to science & technology and yearn for the past. Our only route is forward.  David Brin
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8:41 PM | My Little World – And Yours
Imagine, as a thought experiment, that everyone on the planet had the same share of the world’s resources. It turns out your share is about six acres (2.5 hectares) of dry land. Now imagine if that were your whole world. How would you treat it? [more]
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8:25 PM | Hardware Problems & Growing Pains
The site has been unreliable of late. Our hosting service informs us that the hardware that we are sharing is getting flakey and will be upgraded April 3. Meanwhile we have somewhat restricted resources. If you run into problems we’d appreciate reports as to when you ran into a problem and what the error message was. [more]
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7:36 PM | An elusive detector for an elusive particle
(This article originally appeared in The Hindu on March 31, 2014.) In the late 1990s, a group of Indian physicists pitched the idea of building a neutrino observatory in the country. The product of that vision is the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) slated to come up near Theni district in Tamil Nadu, by 2020. According […]
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2:00 PM | Congressional skepticism of NASA’s asteroid plans remains
Nearly a year ago, NASA announced its plans to redirect an asteroid into lunar orbit to be visited by astronauts, a concept originally called the Asteroid Retrieval Mission and now known as the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). In the months that followed, the proposed mission received a chilly reception on Capitol Hill, particularly in the [...]
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11:12 AM | Confined Space Training Powerpoints
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10:28 AM | Construction Safety Training Powerpoints
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9:51 AM | H2S Training Powerpoints
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9:03 AM | Confidentiality Training Powerpoints
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8:41 AM | CPR Training Powerpoints
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8:13 AM | Fire Watch Training Powerpoints
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7:17 AM | Allergen Training Powerpoints
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March 28, 2014

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3:07 PM | How might we harness the power of patient experience to drive improvements in care?
Much more can be done to use patient experience as a driver for improving quality of care, so say Angela Coulter and colleagues in a thoughtful BMJ analysis. So, where do we start? Professor Coulter and colleagues advocate for a national institute of ‘user’ experience.  Indeed, this could provide a catalyst for bringing together different ...read more
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3:00 PM | Spoil Your Appetite with Three Mouthwatering Food Blogs
Just in time for the weekend, a tasting menu of some of our very best food blogs, from the most decadent burgers ever created to macarons so beautiful you want to bite into your screen.
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2:59 PM | I ♥ NCAR/UCAR--because they *genuinely* ♥ communicating science (plus lecture slides & video)
Spent a great couple of days at NCAR/UCAR last week, culminating in a lecture on "Communicating Climate Science in a Polluted Science Communication Environment." Slides here. Also, an amusing video of the talk here—one that consists almost entirely of forlorn-looking lectern. There are 10^6 great things about NCAR/UCAR, of course. But the one that really grabbed my attention on this visit is how much the scientists there are committed to the instrinsic value of communicating […]
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11:09 AM | Bolden and House committee clash over NASA priorities
In a hearing about NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal by the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee on Thursday, many key members expressed concern about agency priorities, including funding levels for the Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and Orion spacecraft, while NASA administrator Charles Bolden argued that NASA’s commercial crew effort was its top [...]

March 27, 2014

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3:00 PM | Embed It: Using Media Like a Pro
From images and animation clips to recipes, savvy bloggers know that adding media to posts makes them much more engaging. Get inspired today with three embed options that add pop to your site.
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