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December 20, 2014

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9:51 PM | Celebrity food porn, NBC style
A food safety type from the U.S. writes that the average viewer of these celebrity chefs are ignorant of safe food handling practices. They are blinded because of the celebrity status of these chefs.  This past Thanksgiving, I tuned into … Continue reading →

December 18, 2014

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4:45 PM | How to Approach the Holidays When You’re Depressed
It’s a myth that suicide rates skyrocket between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The truth is that the month of December has the fewest number of suicides than any other time of year (Karr, 2012). What is interesting to note, however, is that there is a significant increase of suicides right after Christmas — a 40 percent […]

December 17, 2014

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6:00 AM | All I Want for Christmas is You: The Science of Gift Giving
Each year around mid-November, business owners begin to lick their chops: the next month will arguably be their busiest and most profitable. Last year, for example, Americans spent over $52 billion during the Thanksgiving weekend alone.1 Although large portions of these purchases are surely self-indulging, people also make a lot of purchases to take care of gift shopping for the upcoming holiday season. Gift giving seems to be a biologically natural phenomenon across a range of […]

December 15, 2014

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4:10 PM | A Second Helping of Turkey
Are you done with your Thanksgiving leftovers yet? You might think so, but not quite. We have one more helping of Turkey for you. This is “Another Helping of Turkey,” the second of two installments of Eat This Podcast with Jeremy Cherfas: The domestication of the turkey probably first took place around 2000 years ago…

December 13, 2014

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8:21 PM | 53 sickened: Norovirus suspected in outbreak of illness at Nassau Inn
The Princeton Health Department concluded an investigation of Nassau Inn following reports of illness from Thanksgiving diners, the Times of Trenton reported. Town health officer Jeffrey Grosser said that norovirus is suspected in the majority of reported cases due to … Continue reading →

December 12, 2014

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9:00 AM | Marvin Goldberger, Always Called “Murph”: Part I
The day before Thanksgiving, Murph Goldberger died.  He was old, he’d been born in 1922; and in those nine decades, he’d collected an extraordinary amount of life.  He was drafted right out of college into the Manhattan Project’s brilliant and very young Special Engineering Detachment, where he met his wife, Mildred; and ever after if […]
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9:00 AM | Marvin Goldberger, Always Called “Murph”: Part I
The day before Thanksgiving, Murph Goldberger died.  He was old, he’d been born in 1922; and in those nine decades, he’d collected an extraordinary amount of life.  He was drafted right out of college into the Manhattan Project’s brilliant and very young Special Engineering Detachment, where he met his wife, Mildred; and ever after if […]

December 10, 2014

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9:42 PM | Episode 211 – Giving Thanks V, Vini, Vidi, Gratias
It’s time again for our annual Thanksgiving show! That means all feedback this week, all from PaleoPosse who have been kind enough to give us a bit of their hard-earned cash to help us keep producing this podcast for y’all. 00:00:00 – Our first PaleoPOW of the week comes from Joshua W., who is worried […]

December 08, 2014

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4:32 PM | The FaLaLaLa Fallacies about Holiday Weight Gain
Despite the joy and festivity of the holiday season, this time of year has a bad reputation for people who are trying to lose weight—or even just avoid gaining weight. Amid the office parties, the family gatherings and all the baked goodies, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day...

December 04, 2014

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11:41 PM | The sisters reached the top of Kilimanjaro
A little over a week ago I wrote about sisters Natalia Luis and Cidalia Luis-Akbar who were climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest peak on the African continent – to raise awareness about earlier and more accurate prenatal screening, particularly for high-risk pregnancies. Well, the women made it! They reached the 19,341-feet summit on Thanksgiving […]
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10:57 PM | Episode 280 - The Podcast Awakens - 12/4/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy explore the aftermath of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, discuss the Jurassic World and Star Wars VII trailers, converting The Wire to a widescreen aspect ratio, the Sony Pictures hack, and NASA's now-delayed Orion test launch. Enjoy!
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1:47 AM | E. coli, fear turns to thankfulness for Oklahoma family
After months of fear, medical procedures and uncertainty, two members of an Oklahoma family are expressing thankfulness this Thanksgiving. 9-year-old Connor Sneary, of Alva, is still dealing with some health hurdles. One day after the Sneary family returned home from … Continue reading →

December 03, 2014

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5:02 PM | Glove choice - it does matter
I missed this over the Thanksgiving week, so I'm assuming others did too. I've been adamant over the years (1, 2 and 3) about not just grabbing the nitrile gloves because they are readily available and because of their resistance to a broad range of chemicals. That range is broad, but not broad enough. Since different polymers and rubbers are soluble (or swellable) in different solvents, you need to be prepared to use different gloves in different situations.Jyllian Kemsley in the C & ENew […]
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9:47 AM | 30 sick after Thanksgiving at hotel in New Jersey
The Princeton Health Department received 30 reports between Thanksgiving and Tuesday of individuals experiencing gastrointestinal illnesses. All 30 people ate at the restaurant at the Nassau Inn on Thanksgiving or the day after the holiday, Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser … Continue reading →

December 02, 2014

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5:30 PM | A great question: why do holiday layoffs exist?
A respected reader writes in to ask, regarding the GSK announcement tomorrow:"Why does a company opt to let people know they are losing their jobs three weeks before Christmas?" I would actually go so far as to propose that, in the United States, that large-enough companies declare some sort of truce during the holidays. If I were a CEO, I would choose not to hold any reductions in force between say, Thanksgiving and New Year's. I realize that would basically cut out a month in a half […]
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4:15 PM | Post-Thanksgiving Hangover
It was quite a Thanksgiving weekend for me, so I'm behind on a lot of things. Consequently, today's post is pretty simple and quick to get out. The British website Sciencecraft published a Q & A with me on Friday. Since I'm sure many Americans were out shopping for Black Friday specials and dozing off after eating turkey sandwiches, you might have missed it. I was asked a lot of wide-ranging questions and gave back even more wide-ranging answers, so I'm sure someone will take issue with […]
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4:07 PM | But Temporary and Partial Comfort is not Alliterative! (and sells less well)
I spent the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Kentucky, ignoring the whole Black Friday foolishness as much as possible, although there were a couple of good social science NPR pieces on the phenomonon that I shared to the VSI page on Facebook. Instead we went to the woods and whacked dead things with sticks. We hung out with friends, old and new, and played games. Easy and cheap. The long drive home on Sunday was much improved by a slew of old Escape Pod stories and a well-done radio […]
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1:59 PM | A partial history of the turkey (Podcast)
“As Thanksgiving ebbs into memory and Christmas looms on the horizon, Eat This Podcast concerns itself with the turkey. For a nomenclature nerd, the turkey is a wonderful bird. Why would a bird from America be named after a country on the edge of Asia? The Latin name offers a clue; the American turkey is…
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5:50 AM | Week 28: Giving Thanks in Fort Worth, Texas
Release the cows… (All photos by the author) So, what did YOU do for Thanksgiving? Turkey Day is rapidly becoming our #2 favorite holiday behind Halloween. Unlike holidays such as Christmas or Easter, Thanksgiving is pretty much secular, with no rites needed as a barrier to pass before you can eat your cake, or pumpkin [...]
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2:00 AM | Week 28: Giving Thanks in Fort Worth, Texas
Release the cows… (All photos by the author) So, what did YOU do for Thanksgiving? Turkey Day is rapidly becoming our #2 favorite holiday behind Halloween. Unlike holidays such as Christmas or Easter, Thanksgiving is pretty much secular, with no rites needed as a barrier to pass before you can eat your cake, or pumpkin [...]
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12:22 AM | How Many Calories Are in Your Thanksgiving Dinner? It’s...
How Many Calories Are in Your Thanksgiving Dinner? It’s Thanksgiving this week in America. Last year, we talked about the myth that turkey makes you sleepy. I argued that there’s nothing special about turkey that would make you tired. But, we pointed out that a super large meal, and excessive alcohol consumption, could make you want to take a nap. But how caloric is the feast? Let’s get some answers. This is Healthcare Triage. For those of you who want to read more, go here: […]

December 01, 2014

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9:39 PM | Adam's Tour Diaries #8: Family Day
Nov. 28, 2014: Montréal was family day. My wife and also Thing1 and Thing2 flew out from San Francisco to share a late Thanksgiving French-Canadian dinner with me. My mom and her friend Brenda also took the train up from New York, and we all spent the entire day and evening together. So much fun. Started with breakfast with my mom in the hotel we love in Old Montréal, Auberge du Vieux-Port.That was followed by some walking around the awesome old neighborhood of Montréal. […]
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6:39 PM | GOP Staffer Resigns After Comments About Obama Daughters
Elizabeth Lauten criticized the first daughters for their actions and appearance during a Thanksgiving Day turkey pardon last week.
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5:07 PM | 'Wanderers' Is A Fantastic Vision Of Humanity's Interplanetary Future
Having a hard time getting motivated after a lazy, turkey-filled Thanksgiving break? We’ve got the perfect remedy for you. Take just five minutes from your workday to watch…
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3:55 PM | Heavy Hummingbirds And Their Mighty, Miniature Migrations The...
Heavy Hummingbirds And Their Mighty, Miniature Migrations The average American consumed 4,500 calories at the Thanksgiving table last week. There’s no statistics available for how many they consumed while sleepily standing in front of the refrigerator later that night, though, and absolutely zero information regarding the amount of pie calories ingested for breakfast the next day. Thanks to holiday feasts and generalized seasonal overconsumption, some of us might soon notice our bodies […]
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3:55 PM | Scientific Advent Calendar
Wow!  It's December Oneth!  OK, having survived Thanksgiving and the obscene start to holiday shopping, here's a great little gift brought to our attention by PZ Myers, the Cosmic Genome Science Advent Calendar 2014.  Yep, today you get to open the first little door and inside is little bit of science for your edification and enjoyment. Enjoy.
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3:32 PM | MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!
Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this […]
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3:32 PM | MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!
Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this […]
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3:32 PM | MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!
Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this […]
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3:31 PM | GSK cuts this week
Thanks to the anonymous commenter who picked up the Reuters article. Derek Lowe has speculation as to which sites it will hit (yikes).Also, it looks like P&G may be making some moves.Sincere best wishes to those who are nervously waiting. 
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