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February 27, 2015

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10:13 PM | Notes on Coal Dust and Bakken Oil
Cliff Mass put up a post of a study he and a student completed regarding wind and potential coal dust at the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal strong-winds-coal-dust. Dr. Mass points out a variety of issues with this proposed project that I am sure is a delight to coal terminal proponents.There is a picture of flying coal dust from a wind event that hit the coal terminal just to the north in Canada. Lest anyone suggest coal dust does not get blown off of coal piles, here is the Boardman, […]

February 26, 2015

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2:09 PM | Clinical trials not immune from poor quality drugs
There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that significant quantities of medicines and medical products, especially in low and middle-income countries, are of poor quality. Malaria researcher and drug quality expert Professor Paul Newton, of the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit in Laos, explains the latest research findings and explores some of the […]

February 25, 2015

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4:59 PM | Why are oil prices so low and what does it mean for alt energy?
Oil prices are lower than they have been in 4 years, but what has changed lately?  At first glance, not much in the big picture: no big new reserves have been found or really cheap ways to extract & process … Continue reading →

February 24, 2015

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8:52 PM | House of Lords votes to approve mitochondrial donation techniques in UK
After four hours of intense debate in the House of Lords, peers have voted to approve regulations that will allow mitochondrial donation to be licensed for use. The techniques, pioneered by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at the University of Newcastle, give hope to families suffering from mitochondrial disease. Wellcome Trust […]
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8:52 PM | House of Lords votes to approve mitochondrial donation techniques in UK
After four hours of intense debate in the House of Lords, peers have voted to approve regulations that will allow mitochondrial donation to be licensed for use. The techniques, pioneered by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at the University of Newcastle, give hope to families suffering from mitochondrial disease. Wellcome Trust […]
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3:00 AM | Radiation and Reason: The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear
By Wade Allison Synopsis: The human race is in a dilemma; it is threatened by economic instability on one hand and climate change on the other. Either of these could lead to widespread unrest and political […]

February 23, 2015

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Matt Richtel
Special thanks to Matt Richtel for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention Matt Richtel is a novelist, cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

February 22, 2015

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3:45 PM | Alluvial Fan Code/Regulations
 I have been doing some code/regulation language work in regards to geology hazards. Alluvial fan hazards have presented a challenge.Alluvial Fan Hazard Areas: Alluvial fan hazard areas shall include those areas on alluvial fans potentially impacted by debris flows, debris floods, clear water floods, stream channel changes, and erosion. Watershed hydrology, geology, slope conditions, topography, land use, valley bottom and channel conditions upstream of an alluvial fan area are fundamental […]
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3:10 PM | The letter by 55 Italian MPs about ‘three-parents-babies’ shows how marginal Science is in Italian society
I have to say the news that 55 Italian MPs have written to the House of Lords (via The Times) urging for a rejection of the three-parent-babies law recently approved by the House of Commons got me by surprise. The procedure and reason to … Continue reading →

February 20, 2015

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10:01 AM | Rigged: The Slow Decline Of India's National Oil Company
This article came out last year but I came across it today via twitter. In Caravan magazine Krishn Kaushik  writes about India's flagship oil  company the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited and its failure over the years to live up to its mission of finding and producing fuel for the country.This failure has many causes as Kaushik explores- institutional inertia is one important one, government interference in company functioning is another. But there are also a host of private […]
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3:00 AM | Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology
By Frederick Rowe Davis Synopsis: Rachel Carson’s eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government policy. Frederick Rowe Davis […]

February 17, 2015

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8:00 AM | Build upon successful local collaborations for effective communication in community health services, says review
The aim of this literature review from the Policy Research Unit in Commissioning at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is to help decision-makers support acute care, by moving some services out of the hospital, and into the community. The post Build upon successful local collaborations for effective communication in community health services, says review appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.

February 15, 2015

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9:48 PM | Food safety systems in India challenged by hygiene related problems
Indian food safety systems are challenged by the rapidly growing population, hygiene related problems, incidences of residues of antibiotics and heavy metals, foodborne pathogens, incidence of infectious diseases in food producing animals and anti- microbial resistance. These observations were made … Continue reading →

February 13, 2015

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3:42 PM | The Levee Hook at Deming
I've posted before about the Deming levee (nooksack-levee-at-deming). The image below shows what is being protected and points out the hook at the downstream, west end of the levee.  The hook at the west, downstream end is taking the brunt of the river of late and has been progressively eroded. The only purpose of the hook is to prevent the river from entering into an area of bottom land with forest and old river channels. The hook was built by the Army Corps […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Tony Horwitz
Special thanks to Tony Horwitz for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever Tony is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate […]

February 12, 2015

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1:45 PM | A marathon not swings and roundabouts: the evidence on e-cigarettes
We look over some recent research - and the subsequent media headlines - around e-cigarettes.

February 11, 2015

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10:14 AM | Like I tell mommies-to-be: Listeria is prevalent, persistent in retail delis
Purdue University research shows that standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause a potentially fatal disease in people with vulnerable immune systems. A study led by Haley Oliver, assistant professor of food science, … Continue reading →

February 10, 2015

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11:38 PM | Vaccination works: Hepatitis A rates fall in US children, rise in adults
As all children attending two schools in Portsmouth, UK will be vaccinated against Hepatitis A in light of a potential outbreak, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control report that adults are particularly at risk for Hep A infections. … Continue reading →
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9:54 AM | Mental health in rural India
  In August 2001, 28 mentally ill patients burned to death while chained to trees in a village in India – a tragedy that shocked the country and forced sweeping changes in mental healthcare policy.   The patients were part of a faith-based “mental hostel” in the Erwadi village of Tamil Nadu. These privately run [...] The post Mental health in rural India appeared first on Neurobabble.
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6:38 AM | Geology: Civilization Take Notice
I always liked this quote regarding civilization by Will Durant and have used the quote in various presentations. Durant rightfully recognized the history of civilization is full of destruction of civilizations by geologic events both fast and slow. I like that geology was recognized by Durant as an integral force in shaping civilization. As much as I like the quote, I have been rethinking it a bit. I still think it is a very useful quote in regards to geology hazards, but […]

February 08, 2015

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2:03 AM | Misinformation and selective coverage change perception of outbreaks, but can be corrected by presenting the facts
While it’s not an animal product, the Listeriosis outbreak recently traced to apples is just as relevant to the food industry as a whole as any other food-borne illness outbreak. While I was looking for more information on the outbreak, I came across this gem* of an article posted on cnn.com. *When this post was originally […]

Young ME, Norman GR & Humphreys KR (2008). Medicine in the popular press: the influence of the media on perceptions of disease., PloS one, 3 (10) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18958167

Mummert A & Weiss H (2013). Get the news out loudly and quickly: the influence of the media on limiting emerging infectious disease outbreaks., PloS one, 8 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23990974

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12:17 AM | Science and Reasonable People
Because vaccine data is reported in Washington schools, this is a great opportunity to assess attitudes across Washington State with overlaps of demographics and political views. This from the Seattle Times provides a easy way to see the vaccination rates across the state:http://blogs.seattletimes.com/fyi-guy/2015/02/04/explore-this-vaccine-exemption-rates-for-every-washington-school/Science/policy/communication and how people decide is a subject I have no real expertise. My lack […]

February 05, 2015

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3:08 PM | Another step forward on the journey towards mitochondrial donation
On Tuesday, MPs in the House of Commons voting overwhelmingly in support of mitochondrial donation – a new IVF technique that could allow families with mitochondrial disease to have healthy children. Despite some protestations that this was “rushed”, the vote represented the culmination of a decade’s work by researchers, policymakers, and families, which included an […]
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3:08 PM | Another step forward on the journey towards mitochondrial donation
On Tuesday, MPs in the House of Commons voting overwhelmingly in support of mitochondrial donation – a new IVF technique that could allow families with mitochondrial disease to have healthy children. Despite some protestations that this was “rushed”, the vote represented the culmination of a decade’s work by researchers, policymakers, and families, which included an […]

February 04, 2015

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4:22 PM | Since Washington State is so Lousy on Vaccines
I saved this December interview of Ben Goldacre by Vox's Julia Belluz http://www.vox.com/2014/12/27/7423229/ben-goldacre, because of some of the general commentary regarding science and public policy. Dr. Goldacre has been writing on science and health issues for many years out of a desire to bring science to bear on the dialog of health and medicine policy and choices. Hence, he has been in the trenches of science versus various myths or quackeries. My interest in his […]
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3:04 AM | Researchers map a policy route toward huge reductions in U.S. childhood poverty
If national lawmakers took action on less than a dozen policy fronts, they could reduce child poverty in the U.S. by a whopping 60 percent. In sheer numbers, such a reduction would lift 6.6 million children out of poverty and significantly improve their opportunities for living long and fruitful lives.
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2:42 AM | Canberra uses cow shares to get their raw milk fix
A Canberra woman admits “it would be fair to say that pasteurised milk would be safer” but she still intends on using raw milk for her family. Saffron Zomer developed a taste for raw milk while living overseas. She is … Continue reading →

February 03, 2015

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7:58 PM | Republican senator says restaurants should be able to opt-out of mandatory handwashing
As Republican presidential hopefuls like Rand Paul and Chris Christie fall over themselves to claim the live-free-or-die vote by saying vaccinations should be optional, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis has gone further: laws requiring mandatory handwashing by food service employees … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | Welcome to the Open Glossary
At the London satellite event for Open Con earlier this year, myself and Ross Mounce were given some useful feedback after our joint talk on ‘Open Data’ by one of the attendees. Apparently, some of the terminology was too complex, or specialist, for the subject, and some of the talk was unable to be followed unless you were already an expert in the issue. Now obviously this is something that, as members of the ‘open community’, we do not want. As we […]
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