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April 22, 2014

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11:56 AM | US betrays its troops
There was a recent blog about how the US government has treated those who have been injured while serving in the Armed Forces.  The article says: “You always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn’t hurt at all” If there’s any truth to that pop standard’s message, then America must surely love its heroes. […]

April 21, 2014

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12:00 PM | HinfI satellite-DNA evolution in Centaureinae
Phylogenetic analyses of Centaureinae support two main phases of radiation, leading to two major groups of genera of different ages.

April 18, 2014

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7:26 PM | Chernobyl Leaf Litter does not Decay
There was a recent post in the Smithsonian about the long term effects on the environment around Chernobyl. According to a new study published in Oecologia, decomposers—organisms such as microbes, fungi and some types of insects that drive the process of decay—have also suffered from the contamination. These creatures are responsible for an essential component of any […]

April 11, 2014

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1:06 AM | WiFi revisited: my visit to the Press Council
Sciblogs readers may remember the kerfuffle in December when Otaki’s Damon Wyman led a campaign to have Wifi hotspots removed from classes at Te Horo School. I wrote about it at the time here on Sciblogs, taking issue with Wyman’s misguided campaign, which was ultimately successful when the Te Horo Board of Trustees surveyed parents [...]

April 09, 2014

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1:34 PM | The Atmosphere’s New Hole, Sailors Sue Tepco, 402 PPM and Rising
By Jason Bittel Oops, we did it again: Nine miles up in the sky, scientists just discovered an invisible, several thousand square mile long hole in the Earth’s innermost atmospheric layer, the troposphere. We don’t know what’s causing the hole yet, but scientists say it’s a big deal because the troposphere typically acts as a “washing machine” layer, which breaks down harmful substances and sending them back down into the […]

April 04, 2014

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7:08 PM | New tooth study needed; we want the truth
There was a recent report on the internet  calling for another tooth study.   As readers of this blog know, Dr Barry Commonger collected infant teeth in the early 60′s, and found that the children’s teeth had picked up radioactivity from the above the ground testing.   This study helped convince President Kennedy to move […]

April 02, 2014

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12:14 AM | Early account of nuclear madness
I have always enjoyed Harvey Wasserman’s essays.   Here is his latest one.  He has a discussion about the recent report in the Smithsonian, about the accumulation of leaf litter at Chernobyl, discussed in this blog.   He also has a quote from Admiral Rickover, the creator of the nuclear submarines: In 1982, Adm. Hyman […]
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