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On Decimated Shore, a Second Life for Christmas Trees

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Focus on Mental Health Laws to Curb Violence Is Unfair, Some Say

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Mutations Found in Melanomas May Shed Light on How Cancers Grow

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Prison Population Can Shrink When Police Crowd Streets

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Surgeon creates new kidney on TED stage

Let's state that again: He basically made an organ using a 3D printer. Like something out of Star Trek, isn't it?

Here's an article with one theory about why Henry VIII had so many problems producing an heir.

A hundred years ago, our food-safety regulators were willing to eat formaldehyde on our behalf. What are they doing now?

I'm still goggling over the printed organ. Did you read that article yet?

A video from Fox News showing protesters in a suspiciously snowless and bepalmtreed Wisconsin.

The Republicans’ War on Congressional Recycling. It's spiteful and petty is what it is. I can understand the anonymous email that goes "Somehow this bothers me more than the EERE cuts."

And finally, insulating yourself is more efficient than insulating your home, though you'd be wise to do both. All those times your mom told you to just put on a sweater, she was right.

And finally, in case you missed it - they basically used a replicator to print a kidney. I'm half hoping this is a hoax, because... it's scary stuff, living in the future! (In the present, should I die suddenly, I expect every one of my organs to be donated away. I can't take 'em with me, after all.)


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Here's one on the intelligence of fishies

Now, we all hear a lot about goldfish. People get goldfish for their kids because "they're easy to take care of, and die soon anyway". They put them in bare bowls because "well, they don't need more, and they die soon anyway, and they're not that bright". They don't do anything about stimulation because "well, they're not that bright, and they die soon anyway". These statements would be troubling, except that the premises are totally flawed to begin with! When properly cared for, goldfish live decades - so all those fish that "died soon anyway" did so because they were killed by incompetent owners. And given that you can teach a goldfish to do a variety of tricks, I'm not so sure they're as unintelligent as all that. It's cruelty to have an animal and not give it any form of stimulation at all, it's like locking them in solitary for their whole life!

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Two articles on two different kindergartens.

One on a charter school that "justifies" its trip to the farm by calling it "test prep".

Some of the comments are disgusting, blaming parents for kids not going "to the zoo". When are they supposed to go to the zoo? On a weekday, when it closes at 5? On the weekend, when it costs $12 per person and is crowded besides and you have to do your shopping and your cleaning and visit family and go to church? Uncool, guys.

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And one about an absurdly expensive private school for gifted kids

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An article on zero waste facilities and communities

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And finally, one on problems faced by African immigrants in the Bronx

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One on adding two Muslim holidays to the school calendar.

I understand the reasoning that you can't reasonably add EVERY possible holiday to the calendar, but it occurs to me that they get off all of July and August, plus part of June and September. They don't *actually* have to be off until the Tuesday after Labor Day, they really can start school the Thursday before if necessary to fit these extra holidays in.

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An article on laws requiring electronics companies to safely dispose of electronics

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An article on how some societies have children who don't crawl. They're calling this research *new*, but as I've been referring people to these *very same studies* for years I wonder how new it can be.
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Some Thoughts on the Lost Art of Reading Aloud

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Thriving Norway Provides an Economics Lesson Be sure to read the comments, at least the editor's choice.

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Judging Honesty by Words, Not Fidgets

A novel concept, that )

In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars

Some of the comments to this article are absurd. "Oh, it's great so long as you never go a mile from home". Dude? EVANGELINE can walk a mile in under 20 minutes. She can amble it. If you can't manage a mile without a car (and I imagine a bike would be faster than even a quick pace), that's not my problem. "Oh, what about when it's a snowstorm and you have to bike five miles up and down hills to go shopping???" Even with a car, you're telling me you do your shopping (up and down hills!) in snowstorms? Really? When it snows, *I* hunker down in the house and make popcorn and cocoa. I plan my life to do my shopping *before* the snow comes down. I'm just sayin'.

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In Schools, Bringing His Novels to His Fans

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An article about using up the un-usable (to you!) food in your CSA

One about making your own staples like bread
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We all know, of course, that passenger pigeons are extinct. Hunted to death. That's bad enough, but I only just recently found out the sordid facts. They didn't just fade away gradually, with people becoming accustomed to ever smaller flocks. No, the last large flock was deliberately killed by hunters, even as they knew it was the only remaining flock of that size.

What can you even say to that?
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One about the late lamented Holocene (I guess)

One claiming that the North Pole may be ice free this summer. (Wikipedia says 2050 is the more common claim)

I've got to stop reading environmental news. They're depressing, and I can never spend enough attention to ferret out what's hyperbole and what's not - I just don't want to spend the time on them.
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One about climate change. Yay!

(I've said it before, and I'll say it again - rapid climate change is just plain sucky.)

And another

One on how fuel prices are causing people to reconsider the cities

The comments, too, are fascinating )
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Beijing guide labels disabled 'unsocial' (From [ profile] bookgirlwa) Unfortunately, I've used up most of my outrage already, so all I feel right now is a kind of irritated not-quite-apathy. But it really is very offensive.

How Green Is the College? Time the Showers

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One quick one about how cutting down on your meat consumption does a lot more good than simply buying local foods.

And another one about the future of oil - not much new here, but it's all very frightening, of course.

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Which brings me to my link. It's been a while since I've talked about the need for solar ovens in some parts of the world, but hear me out here. Cooking fires are a direct cause of deforestation - which leads to global warming. They're also a direct cause of pollution which, given the number of cooking fires worldwide, leads to global warming. Cooking fires cause injuries to the people who use them - both fast ones like burns and long-time ones like damaged lungs. Going and getting fuel takes up so much of people's days, or their income, or both. Solar ovens can do so much good, really. There's another place to donate here, run by a Jewish organization. (Oh, and happy Passover, all.)

Just think about it.
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People are more willing to embrace trains nowadays than before - like, really. Those statistics are very surprising.

Probably more because of money than the environment, but same difference. And (re)building rail lines - that's economy stimulating, isn't it?

My knowledge of history has weird gaps in it (well, I did grow up in the US, y'know), but I have this vague idea that The Cure for the Great Depression was a heck of a lot of public works projects. And, uh, a war. But seriously, that's why nobody ever goes "Gee, FDR - there was a crappy president if I ever saw one!", isn't it?

Of course, if that view I have is correct, we're probably totally screwed, I know.
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The inventor of the Super Soaker has come up with a way to double the output of solar cells.

I love Super Soakers. Sometimes, even when I'm on the receiving end of one. This guy is now doubly cool, and how cool is that?
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I routinely (well, when I'm in the habit of watching TV) see ads from the Plastic Counsel (or whomever) talking about how "plastics make it possible" in reference to saving peoples lives via bulletproof vests, inhalers, blood transfusions, and, of course, saran wrap. (They don't mention duct tape, oddly.)

Which leads me to this question: What is plastic actually required for? What could substitute for plastic in various items that tend to be made of plastic around here? They don't have to be crucial things - if you want to go back to wooden dice, that's terrific! They just have to be things that are commonly made of plastic, and don't have to be.

Because I honestly was surprised for a while to realize that this or that thing could be made of something, well... non-plastic. A lot of games, really.

In a not-at-all-related note, I often hear people pontificating about what "children need to know" in "today's world", usually in the context of teaching children something wildly inappropriate before they're developmentally ready (just because I could read at 3 doesn't mean most children should be reading before they even enter the first grade. Trust me, by 10, you really can't tell). I always feel like pointing out that their kids won't be living in today's world, they'll be living in the world of the future, but this alternately depresses and amuses me.

So, if you don't want to answer question A, answer question B: What skills will kids of today actually need when they're adults?
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Are you guys reading these? Because I would have thought the article about the island of plastic in the middle of the ocean which is the size of Texas would get some comments or repostings, and... I feel so unloved! *sniffle*
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This may be a good time to remind everybody about Reusable Bags, mostly because I want one of those ultra-compact bookbags*.

*Su calls those "pack-packs" (which is adorable!), and Ana mostly calls them backpacks, but when I was their age I called them schoolbags and then bookbags, and that's still the term I prefer.

A bee post

Apr. 28th, 2007 06:01 pm
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Here we go.

One of my friends linked to two bee articles just for me, but I've completely forgotten who and where they were. Well, I'm sure you know who you are.
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Check it out.

So, let's see. We've got wheat blight, dead bees in the US and Europe, the ever-present risk of global warming, fighting over nukes in North Korea (and everywhere else has them too, I might add)...

I should start stockpiling popcorn. There would be nothing so fun as sitting around munching on popcorn as society collapses around me.
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It's a post/article about the serious problems facing beekeepers, and, therefore, the entire world.

Note to self - must learn how to keep bees. When the world ends, this is sure to be a valuable skill.

Taken from [ profile] dduane.
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There lived a penguin and his name was Joe
He got so tired of black and white
He wore pink slacks to the dance last night!

Or, down in Australia, he wears sweaters.

The reason for the sweaters is really quite sad (oil spills), but... aren't they adorable? (Pattern attached)


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