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August 23, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
August 18 – 22 We reduxed a post by our beloved ex-LWONian, Tom Hayden, about all the shiny new multiplexing gadgets he’s bought and broken.  Turns out the old stupid crap technology? it never breaks, it always works, it stays your friend. Helen bought an ice cream maker as a present but the recipient of […]

August 22, 2014

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5:36 PM | Come Fly With Me, Let’s Fly Let’s Fly Away…
My friend and colleague Andrew Revkin found this wonderful video on the National Weather Service New York Facebook page and posted it to DotEarth, his N.Y. Times blog, this morning. It’s so impossibly cool I just had to share it with you too. As rain showers disperse, there is an outward explosion visible in the […]The post Come Fly With Me, Let’s Fly Let’s Fly Away… appeared first on ImaGeo.
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8:00 AM | In Warm Water
Right now the ocean is glorious. In the evenings, even if the day hasn’t been too hot, you can throw yourself into the saltwater and float between the waves for a while without your teeth chattering. This is not normal. Even in summer (at least for me), any extended taking of the waters requires a wetsuit, if not […]
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8:00 AM | In Warm Water
Right now the ocean is glorious. In the evenings, even if the day hasn’t been too hot, you can throw yourself into the saltwater and float between the waves for a while without your teeth chattering. This is not normal. Even in summer (at least for me), any extended taking of the waters requires a wetsuit, if not […]

August 21, 2014

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8:00 AM | Fracking the Great White North
In 1945, Canadian homes were still heated either by coal or by wood. My grandparents had shivered through depression-era Ottawa winters, desperate for fuel. Now the War was over, and fortunes were to be made, but to avoid flooding the housing and labour markets, the Canadian military didn’t demob everyone at once. This left my […]
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8:00 AM | Fracking the Great White North
In 1945, Canadian homes were still heated either by coal or by wood. My grandparents had shivered through depression-era Ottawa winters, desperate for fuel. Now the War was over, and fortunes were to be made, but to avoid flooding the housing and labour markets, the Canadian military didn’t demob everyone at once. This left my […]

August 20, 2014

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3:18 AM | The Leader’s Role in Safety
There are a lot quixotic efforts out there to find the one key to making the workplace safety. This search for the safety equivalent of the city of Cibola has led to a lot of flakey methodologies and given rise to the age of zealots in the safety function—people so unwilling to even consider a [...]
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2:59 AM | Study: People Working More Than One Job at Greater Risk for Fatigue
Recent reports show the number of people working part-time jobs is at an all-time high. And many of those people are working more than one job. What are the implications for workplace safety because of the number of people working multiple jobs? You’d expect this might cause greater fatigue among these workers. Now a new [...]
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2:30 AM | Lights, Camera … Accident: Workplace Fatalities in the Movie Industry [Photo Gallery]
The movie industry’s safety history is no fairy tale. In fact, the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” is the latest in a long list of real-life movie-set tragedies, dating back to the nascent days of Hollywood. Read Full Article At Ehstoday.com Related Training DVDs: Workplace Safety [...]
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2:10 AM | Worker Killed by Wood Chipper: Here’s What Went Wrong
Related Machine Guard 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 Machine Guard Safety Training DVD Designed to help employees understand the dangers of working with machinery . View Product Machine Guarding Training [...]

August 19, 2014

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11:00 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Colleen Doherty
Editor’s note: This post was written by Colleen Doherty, an assistant professor of molecular and structural biochemistry at NC State. 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 Scientist

August 18, 2014

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8:00 AM | Redux: Ixnay on the iPod: In Praise of Crap Technology
Tom Hayden, an ex-LWONian whom we miss beyond measure, posted this on Nov. 2, 2011.  Knowing Tom, we bet every detail of this is still true. I’ve been thinking about my Zune a lot since Steve Jobs passed away. You know, the revolutionary portable music device that lets users carry thousands of digitized songs around […]
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8:00 AM | Redux: Ixnay on the iPod: In Praise of Crap Technology
Tom Hayden, an ex-LWONian whom we miss beyond measure, posted this on Nov. 2, 2011.  At the time it seemed to hit a national nerve, but knowing Tom, we bet every detail of it is still true. I’ve been thinking about my Zune a lot since Steve Jobs passed away. You know, the revolutionary portable […]

August 16, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
August 11-15, 2014 While the Discovery Channel attempted to terrify you with fanciful tales about extinct monster sharks with six-inch-long teeth, LWON focused on smaller, cuddlier, but still deadly beasts. Yes, it’s Snark Week at LWON. “Remember,” Erik says, “just because something is fluffy and adorable doesn’t mean it’s not secretly plotting to kill you in terrible and gruesome ways.” […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
August 11-15, 2014 While the Discovery Channel attempted to terrify you with fanciful tales about extinct monster sharks with six-inch-long teeth, LWON focused on smaller, cuddlier, but still deadly beasts. Yes, it’s Snark Week at LWON. “Remember,” Erik says, “just because something is fluffy and adorable doesn’t mean it’s not secretly plotting to kill you in terrible and gruesome ways.” […]

August 14, 2014

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8:00 AM | Look Who’s Hell Bent on World Domination
The most often asked for bedtime tale from my children is a “Squirrel Story.” I’ve written a book about animal encounters in the wild, but this is a whole different matter. As the kids scoot beneath their covers, I tell them about a horde of blood-thirsty, mad-eyed squirrels who’ve built an enormous warren beneath our […]
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8:00 AM | Snark Week: Look Who’s Hell Bent on World Domination
The most often asked for bedtime tale from my children is a “Squirrel Story.” I’ve written a book about animal encounters in the wild, but this is a whole different matter. As the kids scoot beneath their covers, I tell them about a horde of blood-thirsty, mad-eyed squirrels who’ve built an enormous warren beneath our […]

August 13, 2014

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12:44 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Montse Fuentes
Editor’s note: This post was written by Montse Fuentes, Department Head and Professor of Statistics at NC State. 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 Scientist Looks Like

August 12, 2014

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4:13 PM | You should workout in jeans (I do)
At various points over the past few years, I have been fortunate to basically have a gym as my office.  I’ve worked near treadmills, exercise bikes, light free weights, and a bunch of machines (bench press, leg press, a chin-up …
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1:40 AM | Will an OSHA violation bar companies from new federal contracts?
A new executive order from President Obama will create more scrutiny of companies that want federal contracts. Included in what the feds will look at: OSHA violations within the last three years. Are all OSHA violators now barred from federal contracts? Not necessarily. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order (EO) will require prospective federal [...]
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1:13 AM | Truck driver fired for alcoholism diagnosis: Was termination against law?
Federal rules say a current diagnosis of alcoholism prohibits an employee from driving commercial trucks. So why was this company hauled into court when it fired an employee who could no longer drive under this rule? Sakera Jarvela was a truck driver for Crete Carrier Corp. in Georgia. While employed by Crete, he sought treatment [...]
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12:50 AM | Wake up! How to give boring safety briefings a shot in the arm
It’s happened to the best of us. You’re standing in front of a room of people, tasked with the job of delivering a safety briefing. You’ve put on your best suit, practiced your presentation and double-checked your data. Yet as you look out at your audience, you are confronted by a sea of bored faces, [...]
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12:32 AM | 3 Tips to Reduce Noise in The Office
Related Hearing Safety Training DVDs: Hearing Conservation and Safety Video & DVD Program Shows employees why they should pay attention to “noise” hazards, and how they can protect themselves. View Product Hearing Conservation and Safety Refresher Training DVD Give employees the information they need to refresh their knowledge of OSHA’s [...]

August 11, 2014

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8:01 AM | Introducing Snark Week, Vol. 2
Welcome to LWON’s second annual Snark Week! In celebration of the responsible and informative shark documentaries on basic cable this week, we have decided to offer five counter stories that will frighten you even more than a great white shark that’s been artificially driven into a frenzy by cameramen chumming the water. Remember, just because something […]
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8:01 AM | Introducing Snark Week, Vol. 2
Welcome to LWON’s second annual Snark Week! In celebration of the responsible and informative shark documentaries on basic cable this week, we have decided to offer five counter stories that will frighten you even more than a great white shark that’s been artificially driven into a frenzy by cameramen chumming the water. Remember, just because something […]

August 08, 2014

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8:00 AM | Fish of a feather
The teetering, hundred-year-old collection of wooden buildings that form my father’s fishing club in backwoods Quebec is arranged in a row like a Wild West town, where mosquitoes are the hostile locals. To reach his favourite fishing spots, Dad sometimes has to stop his motorized quad in front of downed trees and change into Kevlar trousers to chainsaw […]
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8:00 AM | Fish of a feather
The teetering, hundred-year-old collection of wooden buildings that form my father’s fishing club in backwoods Quebec is arranged in a row like a Wild West town, where mosquitoes are the hostile locals. To reach his favourite fishing spots, Dad sometimes has to stop his motorized quad in front of downed trees and change into Kevlar trousers to chainsaw […]
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2:59 AM | Let’s Get Creative With Our Peer Review!
I’ve been around the editorial block a few times now, as a volunteer editor, peer reviewer, and author/co-author. One of the most dreaded steps of the whole process concerns author-recommended peer reviewers. It can be agonizing as an author to …The post Let’s Get Creative With Our Peer Review! appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.

August 07, 2014

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4:13 PM | Time to watch my weight?
After reading Peter’s post from earlier this week on the problems with BMI, I thought I should repost the below article from a couple years ago.   I had an interesting experience at my last physical exam, and I …

August 06, 2014

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5:58 AM | Let’s Not Mistake “Legal” With “Smart Business Practice”
I work in organizational development focused on worker safety and I have been employed as such for the better part of 20 years. I am essentially a safety strategy consultant, an architect, if you will, of safety infrastructures that help companies to build on the services I provide them and sustain gains in safety in [...]
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