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September 20, 2014

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1:51 PM | The Last Word
September 14-18, 2014 The week kicked off with a guest post by Alexandra Witze, who used fonts I didn’t know WordPress supported to share some Icelandic mythology and make me very excited about her new book. Michelle introduced the complex morality of energy, caloric and otherwise, as the resurgence of an older idea. Christie tries […]
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1:51 PM | The Last Word
September 14-18, 2014 The week kicked off with a guest post by Alexandra Witze, who used fonts I didn’t know WordPress supported to share some Icelandic mythology and make me very excited about her new book. Michelle introduced the complex morality of energy, caloric and otherwise, as the resurgence of an older idea. Christie tries […]

September 19, 2014

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4:52 PM | Can epigenetic inheritance occur without concurrent changes in morphology AND behavior?
Heritable Histones Scientists show how roundworm daughter cells remember the histone modification patterns of their parents. By Ruth Williams | September 18, 2014 My comment: Strike three, your theories are out. Re: Strike 1) Combating Evolution to Fight Disease Strike...Read more

September 18, 2014

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4:05 AM | All the Other Franklins
  “What happened to Franklin is, in its way, a trivial question. He had a wooden ship in the Arctic and no idea what he was doing – what do you mean, what happened to him? But we still ask why. “ – Adam Gopnik, Winter (2011) As of a week ago, we have an […]
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4:05 AM | All the Other Franklins
  “What happened to Franklin is, in its way, a trivial question. He had a wooden ship in the Arctic and no idea what he was doing – what do you mean, what happened to him? But we still ask why. “ – Adam Gopnik, Winter (2011) As of a week ago, we have an […]
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1:38 AM | Fall Protection Tops OSHA’s Most Violated Standards in Top 10 List
There was no need for a drumroll when OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2014. Predictably, fall protection (1926.501) retained the No. 1 spot, with 6,143 violations, and hazard communication (1910.1200) retained the No. 2 spot, with 5,161 violations. The No. 3 and No. 4 [...]
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1:24 AM | 5 Life Hacks to Instantly Make Your Workplace Safer
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a life hack is defined as: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. As occupational safety professionals, one of the most common criticisms of health and safety we hear is that it takes too long and slows [...]
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12:55 AM | Safety Stats: 90% of Safety Professionals Mistakenly Believe They’re Tracking This Correctly
Something must be wrong here: A new study says only 10% of companies surveyed are tracking a key safety statistic correctly. The study by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) says 90% of companies surveyed didn’t completely comply with OSHA injury recordkeeping regulations. L&I interviewed 110 companies regarding their 2008 injury and illness [...]
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12:22 AM | Life After The Accident: The Rick Krahn Story
Related Training DVDs: Machine Guard Safety Training DVD Designed to help employees understand the dangers of working with machinery. View Product Safety and Health Advanced Training Video Covers more advanced guidelines and best practices for safety in a variety of industrial workplaces. View Product Job Hazard Analysis Training Video [...]

September 17, 2014

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8:00 AM | Stepping Off the Multi-Tasking Treadmill
Yesterday in the Washington Post, I wrote about how I wanted to love my treadmill desk, but I just don’t. I had high hopes. I’ve been a standing desk user for more than 10 years, long before they were a “thing.” I’m an active, restless person who already spends more than 80 percent of my […]
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8:00 AM | Stepping Off the Multi-Tasking Treadmill
Yesterday in the Washington Post, I wrote about how I wanted to love my treadmill desk, but I just don’t. I had high hopes. I’ve been a standing desk user for more than 10 years, long before they were a “thing.” I’m an active, restless person who already spends more than 80 percent of my […]

September 16, 2014

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8:00 AM | More Energy, Less Freedom
The writer and filmmaker Swain Wolfe spent his earliest years at a tuberculosis sanatarium near Colorado Springs, Colorado, where his father was the director. After World War II, the sanatarium closed, his parents divorced, and his mother moved Wolfe and his sister to a ranch in western Colorado and then, when Wolfe was a teenager, to Montana. […]

September 13, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
September 8 – 12, 2014 The week began with a greatest hit from Cameron, a 2011 post that proved to be one of LWON’s most-visited—an ode to an astronomy professor who changed her mother’s life, Then came a new and no less viral post from Erik questioning the professional ethics of another academic, Henry Walton Jones, Jr., a professor of […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
September 8 – 12, 2014 The week began with a greatest hit from Cameron, a 2011 post that proved to be one of LWON’s most-visited—an ode to an astronomy professor who changed her mother’s life, Then came a new and no less viral post from Erik questioning the professional ethics of another academic, Henry Walton Jones, Jr., a professor of […]

September 12, 2014

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8:00 AM | On My Way to Burning Man
I’ve just returned from Burning Man, a Mad Max bacchanalia in the desert of western Nevada. I went to see what my civilization was up to, what fiery pinnacle we’ve invented. I also wanted to see it in context, which is why my time at this 69,000-person conflagration was only part of a larger journey. […]
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8:00 AM | On My Way to Burning Man
I’ve just returned from Burning Man, a Mad Max bacchanalia in the desert of western Nevada. I went to see what my civilization was up to, what fiery pinnacle we’ve invented. I also wanted to see it in context, which is why my time at this 69,000-person conflagration was only part of a larger journey. […]

September 11, 2014

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8:00 AM | 13 Years Later and Still No Peace
When I realized that I was scheduled to post on the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, I decided I should write something about the legacy of that day. I want so badly to find a kernel of hope, but current events leave me with nothing but pessimism. Violence has begotten more violence. Since September 11, 2001, […]
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8:00 AM | 13 Years Later and Still Bracing
When I realized that I was scheduled to post on the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, I decided I should write something about the legacy of that day. I want so badly to find a kernel of hope, but current events leave me with nothing but pessimism. Violence has begotten more violence. Since September 11, 2001, […]

September 10, 2014

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12:30 PM | Unintended consequences: Exploding pianos
From Periodic Videos, an old story about pianos, theatr […]Related Posts:Reacting chromium trioxide with ethanolWhat is the most dangerous chemical you’ve handled?Lessons learned videos from Cornell on PPE and transporting…My favorite toxic chemical is: Osmium (and its tetroxide)Safety videos, courtesy of a department contest
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8:00 AM | The Urban Ocean
Where do you fall on the issue of wind farms at sea? Tidal energy generators? Artificial reefs? Mooring fields? Glass bottles? Old piers? Shipwrecks? Are they junk to be cleared away or are they habitat to be protected? How are they to be categorized, and at what stage in their “useful” lives do they become […]
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8:00 AM | The Urban Ocean
Where do you fall on the issue of wind farms at sea? Tidal energy generators? Artificial reefs? Mooring fields? Glass bottles? Old piers? Shipwrecks? Are they junk to be cleared away or are they habitat to be protected? How are they to be categorized, and at what stage in their “useful” lives do they become […]

September 09, 2014

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7:32 AM | Worker says safety manager followed him to hospital to avoid lost-time injury record
No doubt part of your job as a safety manager is to avoid lost-time injuries. But the object is to do that before an injury occurs. This company landed in court because of what a safety manager is alleged to have done after an employee was injured. On Aug. 6, 2012, Lonnie Harper was working [...]
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6:25 AM | The Worst Places For Safety Managers to Work
Over my 40-plus safety career I have worked for and with hundreds of manufacturing companies. Generally speaking, the worst place for a safety professional to work is a small to medium-sized “private” company. “Public” companies (those owned by stock holders and traded on an exchange) on the other hand are professionally managed by well-qualified executives. [...]
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5:34 AM | Firefighters Seriously Injured in Ice Bucket Challenge
Talk about unintended consequences. Four firefighters suffered electrical shocks while trying to help out with a fundraising event. The firefighters from the Campbellsville Fire Dept. in Kentucky were on board a fire truck when its ladder got too close to a power line. Even though the truck never touched the line, it became energized. Capt. Tony Grider [...]
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4:46 AM | Safety Rap Video Goes Viral
Dennis McDade doesn’t care what you do – as long as you and your crew stay safe. That’s the refrain of McDade’s “Safety Rap,” which has garnered more than 300,000 views on YouTube since he made the safety-focused rap video in 2008. Read Full Article At Ehstoday.com Related Training DVDs: Electrical Safety Training Video Reminds [...]

September 06, 2014

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8:00 AM | Last Word
September 1-5, 2014. This week, Helen discovered a late summer symphony of peal bells and cicadas. Listen!  Ann discovered an unexpected but welcome pattern in the pronouns that the astronomers are using to describe their colleagues — “she.”  Richard introduced a new occasional LWON series — the Bad Science Poet. (Motto: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s […]
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8:00 AM | Last Word
September 1-5, 2014. This week, Helen discovered a late summer symphony of peal bells and cicadas. Listen!  Ann discovered an unexpected but welcome pattern in the pronouns that the astronomers are using to describe their colleagues — “she.”  Richard introduced a new occasional LWON series — the Bad Science Poet. (Motto: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s […]

September 05, 2014

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8:00 AM | Lessons Not Learned
The dog emerged from the aspen grove with straw on her face. At least, that’s what my husband Dave first thought when he saw Molly reappear on the trail he was running with a couple of friends. But it turned out that those weren’t threads of straw. They were porcupine quills, protruding from her lips […]
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8:00 AM | Lessons Not Learned
The dog emerged from the aspen grove with straw on her face. At least, that’s what my husband Dave first thought when he saw Molly reappear on the trail he was running with a couple of friends. But it turned out that those weren’t threads of straw. They were porcupine quills, protruding from her lips […]

September 04, 2014

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8:00 AM | Bad Science Poet
Please join LWON today in welcoming a new occasional contributor, Bad Science Poet. (Motto: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s the poetry!”™) MAYBE, MAYBE NOT Is that uncertainty I see? Its position known to only me? Is that uncertainty I hear? Echoing (or not) from ear to ear? Said Heisenberg, “Yes.” Niels Bohr said, “One guess.” And Einstein?  […]
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