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April 24, 2015

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8:06 AM | With This Ring
Before World War II, the Roman wedding ritual only blessed the bride’s ring. The male wedding band’s popularity didn’t take off until the 1950s, a combination of jewelry industry marketing and the growing association of masculine domesticity with national prosperity. Suddenly, men could be identified as single or ‘taken’ at a glance. Folklore has it that […]

April 22, 2015

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8:01 AM | The Top 20 Things I Learned from Lucha Libre
Today, I’d like to take a small diversion from oceans, placebos and other sciencey stuff to address something far more critical to our future here on Earth. Lucha Libre. That’s right, that crazy sport that inspired so much of American pro wrestling and has been shown by researchers to be 5.78 times more awesome. Since moving to […]
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8:01 AM | The Top 20 Things I Learned from Lucha Libre
Today, I’d like to take a small diversion from oceans, placebos and other sciencey stuff to address something far more critical to our future here on Earth. Lucha Libre. That’s right, that crazy sport that inspired so much of American pro wrestling and has been shown by researchers to be 5.78 times more awesome. Since moving to […]

April 21, 2015

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8:00 AM | Rust, Beer and Burritos: Interview with Jonathan Waldman
I met Jonathan Waldman when we were both magazine interns. We had a lot in common–we both got really into working on the magazine’s science column, and we were both really big fans of burritos. (He later sold me a shirt that featured a burrito-powered bike). When I ran into him at a conference a few […]
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8:00 AM | Rust, Beer and Burritos: Interview with Jonathan Waldman
I met Jonathan Waldman when we were both magazine interns. We had a lot in common–we both got really into working on the magazine’s science column, and we were both really big fans of burritos. (He later sold me a shirt that featured a burrito-powered bike). When I ran into him at a conference a few […]

April 19, 2015

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1:31 PM | The Artist’s License – revoked (again)!
Alice Dreger (@AliceDreger) wrote a book. David Dobbs (@David_Dobbs) reviewed it in The New York Times. Klaas Verplancke (@klaasics) drew a picture to illustrate the review. Here is that picture. (I use it here without permission, but hope that everyone can be reasonable about my reproduction – please). Now that I have familiarized myself with […]

April 18, 2015

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 13-17 Ann on a recent Nature study linking dragons and climate change: “The authors recommend the obvious — increasing research in consumer-friendly fire-resistent clothing — and further suggest that monarchs desist from running around conferring knighthoods.” A sharp-eyed commenter notes publication date. Michelle on a disease affecting couples living in tipis and other small, off-the-grid […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 13-17 Ann on a recent Nature study linking dragons and climate change: “The authors recommend the obvious — increasing research in consumer-friendly fire-resistent clothing — and further suggest that monarchs desist from running around conferring knighthoods.” A sharp-eyed commenter notes publication date. Michelle on a disease affecting couples living in tipis and other small, off-the-grid […]

April 16, 2015

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6:28 AM | Special journal issue “Feeding 9 billion by 2050: challenges and opportunities”
In its April edition, the journal ‘Food Security’ presents a series of papers presented at an OECD meeting on “Feeding 9 billion by 2050: challenges and opportunities”. The articles cover a range of topics related to future food security, ranging from general outlooks over the debate of sustainable intensification to water, the role of fish, […]

April 15, 2015

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8:00 AM | A Sense of Many Places
In the past half year, I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve always traveled a lot. Until recently there’s been a heavy emphasis on longer trips: going to live in a foreign country or hang out on a ship for a few weeks or months. In the five and a half years I was freelancing, time was […]
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8:00 AM | A Sense of Many Places
In the past half year, I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve always traveled a lot. Until recently there’s been a heavy emphasis on longer trips: going to live in a foreign country or hang out on a ship for a few weeks or months. In the five and a half years I was freelancing, time was […]
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7:41 AM | Five Safety Lessons Learned from the Sinking of the Titanic
Headlines about catastrophes, accidents and fines related to safety performance grab our attention, and there often is more than enough finger-pointing to go around. April 15th marks the 103rd year anniversary of a major maritime catastrophe: the sinking of the Titanic, arguably one of the most talked about safety tragedies of 20th century. The sinking of [...]
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7:14 AM | Five Steps to Conducting an Effective Ergonomic Risk Assessment
Conducting an ergonomic assessment is a foundational element of the ergonomics process. Your ergonomics improvement efforts will never get off the ground without being able to effectively assess jobs in your workplace for musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk factors. Systematically conducting ergonomic risk assessments gives you a clear view of the risk present in your workplace. This [...]
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7:01 AM | Family Sues, Claiming Excessive Overtime Caused Worker’s Death
The family of a man who worked at a slaughterhouse is suing his former employer, claiming excessive overtime hours doing strenuous work in cold conditions contributed to his death. The family of Bao Min Cheng filed the suit against Hallmark Poultry Processor Ltd. in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada. The lawsuit says Cheng died [...]
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6:36 AM | (VIDEO) Accident Investigation: Farmer Crushed Under Tractor’s Tires
Related Construction Equipment Training DVDs: Front End Loader Safety DVD This program will concentrate on the basic safe operations for the standard front-end loader. View Product Backhoe Operations for Public Works Training Video Backhoe Operations for Public Works program focuses on the safe operation of backhoes. [...]

April 11, 2015

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8:20 AM | The Last Word
April 6 – 10 Have you ever had to endure the smug cocktail party contention that “biology is just chemistry, chemistry is just physics, and physics is just math” (and so all of life is reducible to math)? Abstruse Goose demolishes that glib noise with a thought experiment that reverses the formula. Michael Balter’s brontosaurus story […]
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8:20 AM | The Last Word
April 6 – 10 Have you ever had to endure the smug cocktail party contention that “biology is just chemistry, chemistry is just physics, and physics is just math” (and so all of life is reducible to math)? Abstruse Goose demolishes that glib noise with a thought experiment that reverses the formula. Michael Balter’s brontosaurus story […]

April 08, 2015

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8:00 AM | Remnant of Eden
A summer not long ago I went for a grueling 3-day backpack through GMO cornfields in Iowa, camping among walls of waxy green leaves that sawed against each other in the breeze. I wanted to see what besides corn and soybeans lived out here. Not much, I found. Spiders and ants were few and only […]
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8:00 AM | Remnant of Eden
A summer not long ago I went for a grueling 3-day backpack through GMO cornfields in Iowa, camping among walls of waxy green leaves that sawed against each other in the breeze. I wanted to see what besides corn and soybeans lived out here. Not much, I found. Spiders and ants were few and only […]

April 07, 2015

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12:00 PM | Exercise Physiologist Wanted
The University of Prince Edward Island is currently looking for an exercise physiologist to join the Kinesiology program in the Department of Applied Human Sciences. From the posting: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Kinesiology or related field, with … Continue reading »
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11:46 AM | Metal Ladder Touches Electric Line; Worker Dies, OSHA Issues Fine
Calling the situation “blatant disregard for worker safety,” OSHA has fined an out-of-business roofing contractor in connection with an electrocution last year. OSHA issued one willful and four serious violations to Kolek Woodshop Inc. of Creighton, PA, following an investigation triggered by the death of roofer Andrew Sakala Jr. The violations total $67,900 in fines. Sakala [...]
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11:28 AM | The Most Common Safety Excuses
If you’ve been a safety professional for any amount of time, you could probably write a book based on the excuses you’ve heard regarding why a worker or a company failed to adhere to safety rules and regulations. The excuses range from ignorant to absurd – from entertaining to frightening – yet, day after day, [...]
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11:14 AM | Owner Could go to Jail for not Reporting Worker’s Injury
The owner of a construction company could go to jail for not reporting an employee’s foot injury that resulted in an amputation. Harry Minassian of Granada Hills, CA, faces four felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud for failing to report the injury. Minassian owns Pacific Construction. An employee suffered a puncture wound to his foot [...]
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10:56 AM | (VIDEO) Funny Office Ergonomics Video
Related Ergonomics Training DVDs: Office Ergonomics Training DVD Program Address how to recognize ergonomic problems, the potential of adverse effects, & more. View Product Office Ergonomics Safe in 8 Training DVD Give your employees a quick refresher on the importance of good ergonomics. View Product Office Ergonomics [...]
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8:00 AM | Journalists Should Act More Like Scientists
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” — Some wise person who wasn’t Einstein. “I don’t think we need to necessarily institute a lot of new ways of doing things,” [Rolling Stone managing editor, Will] Dana, said. “We just have to do what we’ve always done […]
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8:00 AM | Journalists Should Act More Like Scientists
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” — Some wise person who wasn’t Einstein. “I don’t think we need to necessarily institute a lot of new ways of doing things,” [Rolling Stone managing editor, Will] Dana, said. “We just have to do what we’ve always done […]

April 04, 2015

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
March 30 – April 3, 2015 Cameron manages to build a story about the dove trapped in her house around a Karen Carpenter song, and that IS the first time in the history of humankind that anyone’s done that. Helen pursues her small obsession with museums, this one a bone museum at which she misses […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
March 30 – April 3, 2015 Cameron manages to build a story about the dove trapped in her house around a Karen Carpenter song, and that IS the first time in the history of humankind that anyone’s done that. Helen pursues her small obsession with museums, this one a bone museum at which she misses […]

April 02, 2015

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8:00 AM | Learning to Appreciate the Untracked Life
In the weeks after I bought a Fitbit, I noticed I was acting bizarre. I started carrying bags with my left arm so my right arm – the one with the Fitbit – could swing freely to ensure the Fitbit’s accelerometer would count my every step. In the evening, I would pace around my apartment […]
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8:00 AM | Guest Post: Learning to Appreciate the Untracked Life
In the weeks after I bought a Fitbit, I noticed I was acting bizarre. I started carrying bags with my left arm so my right arm – the one with the Fitbit – could swing freely to ensure the Fitbit’s accelerometer would count my every step. In the evening, I would pace around my apartment […]
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