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July 26, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
July 21 – 25, 2014 Helen traces the Hebridean history of the Lewis chessmen, with a technical note on walrus tusk carving. Erik had difficulty focusing throughout childhood, and that was before fast-paced animations and iPads. Where will the new generation find their focus? Forget retro-chic and steam-punk – Craig likes to rock it ancestral […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
July 21 – 25, 2014 Helen traces the Hebridean history of the Lewis chessmen, with a technical note on walrus tusk carving. Erik had difficulty focusing throughout childhood, and that was before fast-paced animations and iPads. Where will the new generation find their focus? Forget retro-chic and steam-punk – Craig likes to rock it ancestral […]

July 23, 2014

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6:12 PM | Taking it Slowly
It’s summer now, and as air conditioners hum and fans turn while the electric meter spins, energy is a hot topic. This is especially true in my home state of Ohio, which recently made renewable energy history by rolling back support for renewable energy standards (making history is not always a good thing). Ohio is […]
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12:15 PM | An Ounce of Observation is worth a Pound of Prevention
On Aug. 2, 1999, an aircraft mechanic opened fire in a cafeteria at the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, killing five people and injuring 17 others before he was fatally wounded in a shootout with military police. After the incident, the shooter’s co-workers, friends and family members revealed that the man had been [...]
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11:59 AM | Alleged affair leads to failed murder-for hire: Workers’ comp for PTSD?
This case provides a reminder that if something at work worsens an employee’s pre-existing condition, the employer may be on the hook to provide workers’ comp benefits. This includes all sorts of injuries, including mental ones. Arthur Mosley, an employee of a Hannaford Brothers Co. supermarket in New York, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While [...]
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11:44 AM | Manage Your Outside Inspectors – Excellent Advice From Former ex-OSHA Inspector
Every company is subject to many and various outside inspectors who regularly visit their locations. These inspectors are from the: insurance company, fire department, government safety agencies (e.g. OSHA), and even the corporate headquarters. These many inspectors have great power and can: levy fines, increase insurance premiums or cancel your policy, generate mandatory fix-it [...]
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11:13 AM | Electrical Safety PSA: A MUST-WATCH For Your Next Safety Meeting
Related Electrical Safety Training DVDs: Electrical Safety Training Video Reminds employees about electrical hazards they may face in their jobs, and provides the information they need. View Product Electrocution Hazards In Construction Environments I Discusses the major types of electrocution hazards, and how employees can protect themselves. View Product Electrocution Hazards [...]
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8:00 AM | The Ritual of Red Ochre
Sarah dipped her fingers in mineral paint and lifted them to her face. Standing on the bold, white surface of the Harding Icefield in south-central Alaska, she painted brown-red stride-marks across wind-dried skin. We were several days into a trek by skis, ropes, sleds and backpacks, and were as far out as we’d get. She […]
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8:00 AM | The Ritual of Red Ochre
Sarah dipped her fingers in mineral paint and lifted them to her face. Standing on the bold, white surface of the Harding Icefield in south-central Alaska, she painted brown-red stride-marks across wind-dried skin. We were several days into a trek by skis, ropes, sleds and backpacks, and were as far out as we’d get. She […]

July 22, 2014

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12:30 PM | This picture captures why “no sugar added” is a meaningless concept
It seems that every time I go to the grocery store I see more products proudly announcing that they have “no sugar added”.  Typically these claims are seen on juice and other products that contain a high sugar content. As Yoni …
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8:00 AM | Zoned Out
There a few moments in your childhood that stick with you the rest of your life. I don’t mean first kiss, prom, or that time you punched Kelly Weir in the stomach for stealing your bike (believe me, he had it coming). Those are big moments. I mean the little things – the things that […]
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8:00 AM | Zoned Out
There a few moments in your childhood that stick with you the rest of your life. I don’t mean first kiss, prom, or that time you punched Kelly Weir in the stomach for stealing your bike (believe me, he had it coming). Those are big moments. I mean the little things – the things that […]

July 21, 2014

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1:00 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Meghan Hegarty-Craver
Editor’s note: This post was written by Meghan Hegarty-Craver, a postdoctoral researcher in NC State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The post is an entry in an ongoing series 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

July 19, 2014

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1:18 PM | The Last Word
July 14 – 18, 2014 First we domesticated our pets, says guest David Grimm, and then over a long, long period of time, they civilized us.  For which, thank goodness. Christie had a friend who was dying.  In the meantime, how should he stay alive?  Nice answer: by inviting friends over for a Colorado summer […]
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1:18 PM | The Last Word
July 14 – 18, 2014 First we domesticated our pets, says guest David Grimm, and then over a long, long period of time, they civilized us.  For which, thank goodness. Christie had a friend who was dying.  In the meantime, how should he stay alive?  Nice answer: by inviting friends over for a Colorado summer […]

July 18, 2014

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8:00 AM | Mouse Medicine to Combat Lyme
Lyme disease is a growing scourge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives about 30,000 reports of the disease each year, but agency says the number of actual diagnoses could be ten times higher. Once upon a time, we had a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the disease. But this vaccine, called Lymerix, was withdrawn in 2002, just four short […]
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8:00 AM | Mouse Medicine to Combat Lyme
Lyme disease is a growing scourge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives about 30,000 reports of the disease each year, but agency says the number of actual diagnoses could be ten times higher. Once upon a time, we had a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the disease. But this vaccine, called Lymerix, was withdrawn in 2002, just four short […]

July 17, 2014

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10:58 AM | The Frustrating World of Dangerous Living
When I first heard about the show I was very excited. Hollywood finally giving climate change the treatment, yay! I really wanted to like it. And I did - to some extent.

July 16, 2014

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2:28 PM | July 2014 NEW RELEASE: Pallet Jack Safety Training Video by JJ Keller
JJ Keller has just released a brand new training video for Pallet Jack operators. It’s available in DVD and online training format. Check it out! Most employers provide only basic forklift training to pallet jack operators. Given that pallet jack operators are frequently getting on and off the machine, there are some important subtleties that need [...]
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2:55 AM | Does Your Drug Policy Refer to “illegal drugs”? It May Need To Be Changed
Availability of legal, recreational pot in Washington state is a big change. What hasn’t changed is employers’ ability to test their employees for marijuana use. Even so, employers should check their drug policies in light of the new pot law. Drug testing that includes marijuana is still legal for Washington employers. The new weed law [...]
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2:37 AM | Production vs. Safety: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days before Temp Worker’s Death
This story was done in collaboration with Univision. Inside the sugar plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., nobody could find Janio Salinas, a 50-year-old temp worker from just over the New Jersey border. Throughout the morning, Salinas and a handful of other workers had been bagging mounds of sugar for a company that supplies the makers of Snapple [...]
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1:19 AM | But We’ve Always Done it This Way: Top Ten List
What does that really mean? Perhaps you just asked a question at a committee meeting. The room went silent and at least one person pointedly explained to you that “We’ve always done it this way”. The rest of the group either chimed in or nodded their heads in arrogant approval. Some might even have glanced at [...]
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12:56 AM | No Escape: Dangers of Confined Spaces
Related Confined Space Training DVDs: Confined Space Entry Training Video Address the major areas of employee training required by the regulation. View Product Confined Space Entry A Retraining Program Video or DVD Gives employees the information they need to refresh their knowledge of OSHA’s Confined Space regulation. View Product HAZWOPER [...]

July 15, 2014

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2:46 PM | Cretaceous Cold Case #5: When Evidence Dries Up
This is the fifth post in a series called “Cretaceous Cold Cases” in which the science of taphonomy, or prehistoric forensics, is explained by fascinating cases from the files of Terry “Bucky” Gates, a research scientist with NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. South Africa, 250 million years ago. The United

July 14, 2014

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11:00 AM | The Environmental Benefits of Hydroponics
Hydroponic gardening is a great way to grow your vegetables, fruits, and herbs under totally controlled conditions. You'll hear many a naturalist extolling the virtues of growing food and perennials in the earth, under the sun. However, many of their arguments are misguided.
Editor's Pick

July 13, 2014

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11:12 AM | Carl Sagan’s last project – overcoming MDS
  Carl Sagan was an astronomer and academic, best known for popularising astronomy. He hosted and co-produced the original hugely popular series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Its sequel Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was released this year. Even though I’m a biologist at heart I was fascinated by the original Cosmos. Sagan was diagnosed with a […]

July 12, 2014

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8:54 AM | The Last Word
  July 7-11, 2014 This week Richard finally lets slip what he was doing on his trip to Italy – communing with the shriveled remains of Galileo’s body parts – and Abstruse Goose sets himself a Sudoku-style plot challenge. Craig recounts some lengthy discussions with E.O. Wilson, who reminds us that dying species don’t look […]
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8:54 AM | The Last Word
  July 7-11, 2014 This week Richard finally lets slip what he was doing on his trip to Italy – communing with the shriveled remains of Galileo’s body parts – and Abstruse Goose sets himself a Sudoku-style plot challenge. Craig recounts some lengthy discussions with E.O. Wilson, who reminds us that dying species don’t look […]

July 11, 2014

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8:15 AM | Give Me a Heroine Who Invents
It’s been a while since we had a roundup of children’s books. So long, in fact, that the last time we had one, I wasn’t yet interested in children’s books. Now, it’s situation critical. My town has one little bookstore, and our library is accessed through several flights of dingy staircase at the back of a […]
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8:15 AM | Give Me a Heroine Who Invents
It’s been a while since we had a roundup of children’s books. So long, in fact, that the last time we had one, I wasn’t yet interested in children’s books. Now, it’s situation critical. My town has one little bookstore, and our library is accessed through several flights of dingy staircase at the back of a […]
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