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April 23, 2014

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1:41 PM | Rather very far foresight
This blog is about foresight. And here is a nice site on foresight of the more ambitious kind: Centauri Dreams – Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration. Thinking in the long run, Earth may be hit by a asteroide of the size that wiped out the dinosaurs approximately every 100 million years (at least according to […]

April 22, 2014

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8:00 AM | How losing my smart phone made me smarter
A few weekends ago, I hiked a deep canyon with a couple of friends. As has become my habit, I toted my smart phone along. I set it to mute so that I’d remain undisturbed by pings and rings, and I pulled it out of my pack only to take a few photos. After the […]
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8:00 AM | How losing my smart phone made me smarter
A few weekends ago, I hiked a deep canyon with a couple of friends. As has become my habit, I toted my smart phone along. I set it to mute so that I’d remain undisturbed by pings and rings, and I pulled it out of my pack only to take a few photos. After the […]
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3:37 AM | Video Shows Silver Eagle Refinery Explosion
Related Training DVDs: Chemical Handling Safety Flammables Training DVD Your employees can lessen these risks by knowing how to handle flammables properly. View Product Petroleum Storage Tanks Training Video by Efilm Examines above-ground, low pressure storage tanks for flammable and combustible liquids, & more. View Product Flammable Liquids: [...]
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3:12 AM | Court strikes down SeaWorld’s appeal; forbids trainers from swimming with the whales
A federal appeals court has ruled SeaWorld must provide more protection for trainers working with killer whales at its Orlando park, as ordered by OSHA. Specifically, SeaWorld trainers must be protected by physical barriers or sufficient distance from the whales. The marine park had argued that following OSHA’s order would fundamentally change its business. However, the [...]
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2:31 AM | Company owner faces prison time in death of worker
Federal officials have charged the owner of an asphalt plant with violation of a safety standard causing the death of an employee. If convicted, the owner could go to jail. Martin Romano, President of MR Asphalt Inc. of Victor, MT, pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he faces six months in prison and [...]
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2:08 AM | Real Footage Shows Missteps That Led To Workers Death
Related Training DVDs: Machine Guarding Safeguard Your Future Training DVD Understand the importance of knowing about and using the machine guards meant to protect them. View Product Industrial Drives: Belt Drives Training DVD Discusses ways to install and adjust new belt drive belts, the importance of general maintenance, & more. View [...]

April 21, 2014

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11:00 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Ann Ross
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This submission comes from Ann Ross, a professor of anthropology at NC State. My
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8:00 AM | How I learned to stop worrying and love the radioactive spiderwebs
This was first published on December 23, 2011.  But microbes seem hot these days — though an astronomy writer doesn’t know why or in what way — so we hope this will add to your knowledge about their manifold wonders, which apparently include a nuclear defense against radioactive spiders?  Not sure.  Last week, the Augusta […]
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8:00 AM | Redux: How I learned to stop worrying and love the radioactive spiderwebs
This was first published on December 23, 2011.  But microbes seem hot these days — though an astronomy writer doesn’t know why or in what way — so we hope this will add to your knowledge about their manifold wonders, which apparently include a nuclear defense against radioactive spiders?  Not sure.  Last week, the Augusta […]

April 19, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 14 – 18 Our boy, Abstruse Goose, becomes as one with his electronic devices.  Truer than he knows.  Well.  I don’t know what he knows.  Truer than you might think, anyway. Poor Jessa, age 35, thinking about losing her math abilities.  And yes, mathematicians do have the reputation of topping out young.  But Jessa, […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 14 – 18 Our boy, Abstruse Goose, becomes as one with his electronic devices.  Truer than he knows.  Well.  I don’t know what he knows.  Truer than you might think, anyway. Poor Jessa, age 35, thinking about losing her math abilities.  And yes, mathematicians do have the reputation of topping out young.  But Jessa, […]

April 18, 2014

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7:08 PM | Louisiana Still Backs Project Planned By Russia’s EuroChem
Back in July 2013, the Russian fertilizer maker EuroChem, in a joint press release with Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, announced it was planning to build a $1.5 billion ammonia and urea complex in Louisiana. At the time, the announcement was just one in a long line of chemical and fertilizer projects meant to take advantage […]

April 17, 2014

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5:25 PM | Amusing News Aliquots
Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Bethany Halford. Veggie view: MRI of broccoli. Credit: Inside Insides via OffBeat Finally, the all-important medical techniques being used to create awesome Internet posts. Observe: MRIs of fruits and vegetables. [OffBeat] How chemists help Cadbury create those crazy crème eggs and other Easter […]

April 15, 2014

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1:55 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Doreen McVeigh
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This post focuses on Doreen McVeigh, a Ph.D. student studying marine ecology at NC
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11:00 AM | Why Captain America’s Shield Is Basically a Star-Spangled Supercapacitor
Captain America’s shield is famous for absorbing tremendous amounts of kinetic energy, from an artillery shell to a punch from the Hulk – keeping Cap not only safe, but on his feet.  What’s going on here? It’s tough to explain how the shield works, in part because it behaves differently under different circumstances. Sometimes the
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8:01 AM | Losing My Math
In playwright David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work Proof (later adapted into a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal) there’s an exchange between a young mathematician and the daughter of his recently-deceased mentor. They’re at a party and discussing the use of amphetamines by older mathematicians: Hal: There’s this fear that your creativity peaks around […]
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8:01 AM | Losing My Math
In playwright David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work Proof (later adapted into a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal) there’s an exchange between a young mathematician and the daughter of his recently-deceased mentor. They’re at a party and discussing the use of amphetamines by older mathematicians: Hal: There’s this fear that your creativity peaks around […]

April 13, 2014

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11:18 PM | Two scientists walk into a bar….
… no seriously, that’s it. That’s what we did, wearing big dorky buttons, and then we sat around and talked to people over beers. I wrangled a good friend of mine into participating in a science outreach event, “Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar…” last month through the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center here in […]

April 12, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 7 – 11, 2014 This week we say a sad but temporary ciao to Sally and a delighted ecco! to Craig Childs, and no, I don’t have a clue what he’s doing in that photograph. Sports programs measuring themselves by winning instead of by kick-ass players who also know how to lose are, says […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 7 – 11, 2014 This week we say a sad but temporary ciao to Sally and a delighted ecco! to Craig Childs, and no, I don’t have a clue what he’s doing in that photograph. Sports programs measuring themselves by winning instead of by kick-ass players who also know how to lose are, says […]

April 11, 2014

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11:36 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Lynsey Romo
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This post focuses on Lynsey Romo, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication.

April 10, 2014

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10:32 AM | Peer-to-peer science communication within the ivory tower
Science is built upon a system of peer-review and collaboration, and Universities are meant to be institutions of higher learning and knowledge exchange, yet you just don’t see Profs wandering into a colleague’s office to chat broadly about science and exchange knowledge. Instead, we nod to each other in the hallways, and when we do chat, it’s often to discuss administration, complain about how busy we are, or or chat with our own research group about a specialized area of... […]
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8:00 AM | Waiting for Peak Bloom
It was a long winter in North America.  The kind of winter where you think, well, that must have been the last snow storm, and then it snows three more times. It seemed like this might be the year when, Narnia-style, winter never ends. Here in Washington, we gauge spring by the cherry trees. The […]
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8:00 AM | Waiting for Peak Bloom
It was a long winter in North America.  The kind of winter where you think, well, that must have been the last snow storm, and then it snows three more times. It seemed like this might be the year when, Narnia-style, winter never ends. Here in Washington, we gauge spring by the cherry trees. The […]

April 09, 2014

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12:30 PM | Chemical safety tidbits and papers, from OPRD
A tweet from Chemjobber that Organic Process Research & Development editor Trevor Laird is retiring at the end of the year made me realize that I forgot to highlight OPRD’s annual “Safety of Chemical Processes” section at the end of last year. Making up for the omission: Laird’s editorial: “There is a long way to […]
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11:00 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Albena Ivanisevic
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts called This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This submission comes from

April 08, 2014

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8:00 AM | An Arctic Encounter
Traveling in the north country, the open-skied Arctic of North American, you can’t help thinking of the first people and their journey across the Bering Land Bridge to this side of the world. They would have arrived in what is now Alaska and the adjoining Yukon Territory. The landscape has not changed much in the […]
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8:00 AM | An Arctic Encounter
Traveling in the north country, the open-skied Arctic of North America, you can’t help thinking of the first people and their journey across the Bering Land Bridge to this side of the world. They would have arrived in what is now Alaska and the adjoining Yukon Territory. The landscape has not changed much in the […]
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6:46 AM | Do you make these three fall protection mistakes?
Fall protection rules can seem complicated because every situation is different. A roof that may be safe in one scenario needs a completely different approach in another. A lanyard that is good for the work you are performing today is unacceptable for the work you’re performing tomorrow. The rails that normally guard the [...]
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