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October 20, 2014

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4:37 PM | The role of ecology in natural resource management decision-making
Science has an important role to play in helping to inf […]
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2:56 AM | Detroit Notes: Some Positive Stuff
Despite the grimness of the much of Detroit there are remnants of greatness and, in places, signs of revitalization. Not enough to overcome the large population decline in many of the neighborhoods, but clear indications that the city may have hope of entering a period of split personality with a revitalized core surrounded by depopulated neighborhoods extending to the suburbs. Most of Michigan Avenue, the main arterial from downtown to the west, is lined with abandoned and […]

October 19, 2014

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10:31 PM | Stay at home, thoroughly clean: Pennyslvania hospital implements improvements after norovirus affects 19 staffers
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently improved its virus-detection process after a state Health Department investigation revealed the room of a patient suffering from norovirus in April was inadequately cleaned amid an outbreak among nurses there. The Health Department report was … Continue reading →

October 18, 2014

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9:04 PM | Notes From Detroit
I have been traveling and I am still digesting my time in Detroit. I am not unused to seeing areas that are a bit on the downside. But the scale and the demographic and economic realities of Detroit are still taking awhile to settle in. The thing to keep in mind about Detroit is that its population has declined to approximately 36% of its peak population of 1.8 million in 1950 to less than 700,000 today with a drop of over 200,000 since 2009. So some notes mostly in pictures. […]
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11:56 AM | Squirts Stars, thermometers and gender stuff
In Canada we call the little kids that play hockey, Novices. In Brisbane they call them Squirts. Novice is better. Whatever they’re called, mucho kudos to the Brisbane  Southern Stars Squirts (5-9-years-old) on winning all seven games at the 4th … Continue reading →

October 12, 2014

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12:44 PM | Osprey Bailing Twine Problem Near Ellensburg
I had heard reports of ospreys having the bad habit of collecting bailing twin in their nests fatal-attraction-ospreys-bind-baling-twine-fishing-line. I spotted this osprey nest on a platform built for providing a nest site west of Ellensburg on the broad Manastash alluvial fan. The platform is located within an area of extensive irrigated hay and hence, lots of available twine wrapped into the nest.  As reported in the NPR piece I heard, there has been an effort in Montana to reduce this […]

October 08, 2014

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8:58 PM | ESA Policy News October 8: Obama designates world’s largest marine reserve, Science committee reviews NSF grants
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]

October 07, 2014

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12:40 PM | Two million reasons to beat cancer
Making sure the Government prioritises cancer is a crucial part of our work - that's why we're backing the 2 million reasons initiative.

October 06, 2014

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9:20 PM | How Hard Can a Robot Hit You Before It Becomes Illegal?
This is a question that is already becoming relevant as robots enter the workforce in larger numbers. And the answers proposed by standards bodies are about as strange as it gets.Read more...

October 05, 2014

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9:32 PM | FDA Fast Tracks Valley Fever Drug
Valley fever, a soil-borne disease Terra Central discussed here, is no longer an orphan disease, which means it is no longer a disease too obscure to receive funding for a treatment or a cure. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted fast track status to Nikkomycin Z as a “qualifying infectious disease product (QIDP) under the GAIN Act. The GAIN Act was “approved by Congress in 2012 to …

October 03, 2014

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3:30 PM | Oso/Hazel Follow up by KUOW and Dan Miller Visits my Old Field Area
KUOW has been doing a series of stories on the Oso slide. One with a bit by Dan Miller is HERE. And the video associated with it:Miller wrote and published reports as well as a paper on the Hazel (later Oso) landslide. The work was important in that he and his coauthors developed an approach to assessing ground water recharge to deep-seated glacial related landslides. That work as well as the fact the slide blocked the Stillaguamish River in 2006, was why many geologists were well […]

October 01, 2014

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2:52 PM | “Early diagnosis resulted in my cancer experience being a positive one” – Clive’s story
Cancer Campaigns Ambassadors Clive Barley shares his personal story of bowel cancer and why he campaigns for Government to improve early diagnosis.

September 29, 2014

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4:00 AM | A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
By Matt Richtel Synopsis: From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed […]
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3:11 AM | "Usual and accustomed grounds", Coal Terminals - Lummi Message is Clear
Tim Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council published a clear statement in the Bellingham Herald regarding the Lummi position on the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/28/3874993/lummi-concerned-for-environment.html?sp=/99/122/. Besides the position on the proposed terminal, Chairman Ballew is articulating a broader long term view about the tribal rights of hunting and fishing at the usual and accustomed grounds. It was well […]

September 26, 2014

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9:58 PM | Forest Service Wants Commercial Photography Out of its Wilderness
Ansel Adams helped create what we now call American wilderness through his skillful photography – both his photographs and the places he used them to protect are national treasures. Recently, many of us were reminded of our country’s wilderness legacy through celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. For a quick reminder, the […]
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8:51 PM | Local doesn’t mean safe; tales of tomato woes
“I’ve been promoting local my whole life, but I’m thinking now that we may have shot ourselves in the foot. Michelle Obama asked us to grow gardens, and I believe everyone did.” So say shippers like Gary Margolis, president of … Continue reading →
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1:39 AM | Pac-Man Aggregate Mining
I was doing some of my volunteer work on the Whatcom County Surface Mining Advisory Committee (SMAC). One of the issues we are dealing with is trying to balance the new goals and policy with the fact Whatcom County ended what the then county geologist referred to as Pac-Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man) miningPac-Man mining was a means of avoiding Department of Natural Resource mining and restoration permitting by keeping the size of the mine under 3 acres. After mining 3 acres, […]

September 25, 2014

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5:01 PM | The Cancer Patient Experience Survey – questions have been asked…now what?
It may seem as though we’re constantly asked to give feedback – but what’s more important is knowing what’s happened as a result of our comments – have we learnt anything? What’s changed? The Cancer Patient Experience Survey – published today – has been incredibly useful in finding out what is happening on the ground […]

September 24, 2014

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10:49 PM | What the Franklin expedition says about Canadian research priorities
By Pascal Lapointe and Karine Morin Policy and politics subject editors The discovery of one of the long-lost Franklin ships is surely big news, archaeologically speaking. But it is also highly political. Not simply because Franklin is used as a symbol of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, but also in the context of what has happened in recent years regarding federal science. As Quebec science journalist Valérie Borde reminds us on her blog, Parks Canada – whose researchers […]
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9:56 PM | ESA Policy News September 24: Congress extends federal funding through Dec., Obama urges global climate action, comment periods extended for power plant rule, groundwater plan
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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1:19 AM | Where do we stand on Ebola?
Have a new article up at Slate. Nine months into the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, here’s where we stand.

September 22, 2014

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12:00 AM | Saving lives and averting costs? The case for earlier diagnosis just got stronger
A guest post from Incisive Health's Mike Birtwhistle, who has just produced a new report for Cancer Research UK on the economic impact of early diagnosis.
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