Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Dancing With The Stars: Oddball line-up revealed with David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Grey and 'The Situation' leading the pack
Germany mulls longer life for nuclear power plants
Too bad the global warming skeptics still don't get it.
ICESat takes a plunge to conclude successful mission
Monday, August 30, 2010
'Plymouth Rock" Deep Space Asteroid Mission Idea Gains Ground
It'd be cool if they went to an asteroid that looked like this (but this is Hyperion, a bit too far away orbiting Saturn):
(And here's a New Scientist article about the balloon de-orbiting space junk idea.)
I don't know how many LPGA tournaments are left this year, but it would be real good for the LPGA if Michelle came hard-charging out of the gate next spring and started knocking down championships. When/if she combines her star potential and natural good looks with a few trophies, she'll get more attention from the sports press and the all-important male sector of the sporting world.
Wie wins CN Canadian Open for second LPGA tour victory
Emmy awards arrival gallery
Lea Michele - impressive dress
Jennifer Westfeldt (Jon Hamm's wife) is quite cute
Claire Danes - wow!
Heidi Klum - unfair to womankind, kind to mankind (not pregnant this time, though!)
Brooke Burke - wowZA!
Nina Dobrev - elegant
Maria Menounos -- wins the bare back award; maybe I should rephrase that
Eva LaRue - nice dress, but a severe hair pullback
Julia Ormond - totally does not look like Julia Ormond anymore
who was with Al Pacino? Lucila Sola, who deserves her own post later
Julie Benz -- does the white sheath right
Sarah Hyland - pretty
Somehow I doubt it, though.
Judge quashes Cuccinelli subpoena of U-Va. [Michael Mann] records
Part of the article says:
But the judge seemed skeptical of Cuccinelli's underlying claim about Mann, noting that Cuccinelli's deputy maintained in a court hearing that the nature of Mann's fraud was described in subsequent court papers in the case.
"The Court has read with care those pages and understands the controversy regarding Dr. Mann's work on the issue of global warming. However, it is not clear what he did was misleading, false or fraudulent in obtaining funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia," Peatross wrote.
I really, really, really like this comment:
Everything this moron does is an embarrassment. Politically motivated prosecutions are the worst abuse of office an Attorney General can commit.
This one is good too:
This right wingnut idiot shouldn't hold ANY office at ANY level. He's wasting our hard-earned tax dollars on his witch hunt. He's too stupid to realize global warming is a given - we're living it today.
Anyone voting for this jerk deserves him - the rest of us don't.
Then of course there's this bullsh*t:
Mann is widely recognized for his dishonesty in conseling a colleague by e-mail on the ways to cook the data. Despite this, UVa. did nothing to scrutinize him through their internal processes. That left taxpayers with only one other alternative.
Uh, no, Mann didn't even write the erroneously-interpreted email that this jerk is referring to. Idiot2.
As they say, go ahead and keep wasting the Virginia taxpayers' money, Gooch.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Now, I know two things; one, climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gases is happening, and it's going to get worse. Two, nuclear power, despite the naysayers, offers one of the only viable generating capacity alternatives that can cover all three sectors (home, industry, and transportation), and which offers substantial reduction in greenhouse gases, AND which maintains the trajectory of increased standard-of-living for all mankind (whether or not that's a good thing, which is debatable). Therefore, climate change "skeptics" -- actually, they should be called Preservers of the Big Carbon Status Quo -- are standing in the way of addressing the climate change problem and my own industry, which makes me doubly peevish with them.
So I'll continue as I have been doing.
Climate change is bad for nuclear power, industry needs a shrinking cap on carbon to survive
In case anyone needs the bottom line reality:
Currently, coal-fired generation is less expensive than nuclear power, which adds to the risk of investing in new nuclear reactors. Putting a cap on carbon, however, would make coal-fired power more expensive than nuclear power, making it much more likely that an investment in a nuclear reactor will make money.
This dynamic is at play in Maryland, where Constellation Energy has applied for a loan guarantee for a new reactor from the Department of Energy. According to the Baltimore Sun, Constellation’s project is now at risk, whether or not they get a loan guarantee. Project chairman Michael J. Wallace told the Sun, “When we get the DOE loan guarantee, that certainly is a major step forward for us. We then need to go through calculations on all the other variables to see whether this project can go forward on an economically sound basis. And we have to continue to do that over the next several months.”
Friday, August 27, 2010
Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad plunder centuries and salvage England after early collapse - day two at Lord's as it happened
The theory is: the faster a swimmer was moving through the water, the more the suits helped them go faster. I.e., more speed would normally produce more drag, and thus the effects of the suits were more pronounced at higher in-water speed.
Thus, I'd expect that the harder WRs to break will be in the freestyle, then the stroke sprints. The longer and slower the race, the better chance that swimmers will have to come close to or break the record. Even the 100 splits in a 1500 or 800 are faster than the top speed in a 100 or especially a 200 breaststroke, and the IMs include the slower breaststroke and backstroke legs. So that is why I think Ryan Lochte and Rebecca Soni were able to get close to WRs at the Pan-Pacs, and that's why the freestyles are still off. The 50 freestyles, more than a second off (which is a long, long way in a 50) were particularly indicative as support for my theory, I think.
Here's a bit about drag reduction in water:
Imaginative solutions by marine organisms for drag reduction (by Frank E. Fish; no kidding)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
But this is about a unique natural phenomenon in Canada when heavy rains washed sediments into Cameron Creek, in Alberta, and the rain-swollen creek turned red, as did the Cameron Falls, for a short time. Not brown or ruddy beige -- really red. Pinkish-red, actually, but red enough for me.
River that runs red: Photographer captures rare phenomenon in the Rockies
First, Cho's famous Brandy from Liberty Meadows:
Second, Ultron, showing his comic-book art flair:
Here's the article. He's a Marylander too.
Personal liberties: Comic book artist Frank Cho has made a career of being bawdy and bold
As the article notes and as these examples show, Cho knows how to draw women. And he can also draw them exquisitely au naturel. You can find examples of that yourself.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Kohn says: "The global photovoltaic energy production increased by a factor of about 90 and wind energy by a factor of about 10 over the last decade. He expects vigorous growth of these two effectively inexhaustible energies to continue during the next decade and beyond, thereby leading to a new era, the SOL/WIND era, in human history, in which solar and wind energy have become the earth's dominant energy sources."
I don't think this is realistic. In fact, I think that it's wishful thinking by an old guy (albeit a smart guy) that won't be around to watch the generations of this century face the really hard choices.
Women's 200 IM: Australia's top female performer, Emily Seebohm, takes this one; sets a Pan-Pac record beating the world-record holder Kukors. Was Kukors affected by the suit change, or is this just not a world championships?
Men's 200 IM: Gee, I wonder who'll win this: Lochte does what I think is the swim of the meet, only 0.33 off his WR -- and that was with an American supersuit. He wanted to be the first to set a WR in the back-to-normal suits, and came close. In a totally unsurprising finish, Tyler Clary plays Joan Pennington to Lochte's Tracy Caulkins, finishing 2nd again. This final takes the prize for most unusual names; Pereira, Takakuwa, Rodrigues, Brodie (Leith), Hagino, and D'Orsogna (who's Australian, go figure). Ancient mariner Robert Margalis is 2nd in the B-Final.
Women's 50 Freestyle: Jessica Hardy knocks off Amanda Weir by 0.07. Great meet for the reinstated Hardy.
Men's 50 Freestyle: Nathan Adrian by a scant 0.02 over Brazilian flash Cesar Cielo.
The times in this event really bear out my speed theory on suit effects. More later.
Women's 200 Breaststroke: Rebecca Soni best Leisel Jones again, by a lot, and this one is close to a WR too, by about 0.6 second. Yummy (and still fast) mummy Amanda Beard is 5th.
Men's 200 Breaststroke: Godzilla, I mean, Kitajima, is just too much; gets a Pan-Pac record. Shanteau is 3rd.
Women's 1500 Freestyle: A 1.7 second difference is not much in a 1500; that's how much Aussie Melissa Gorman wins over comebacker Kate Ziegler. Ziegler's times don't match her bests, but that's a lot to ask still; it gets harder and harder to be a distance swimmer with age, I think mainly due to the brain drain. We'll see if Ziegler can still bring her times down -- but this was a pretty good milestone for her. A Chilean, Kristel Kobrich, is 3rd. I can use one finger to count all the prominent swimmers from Chile I've ever heard of.
Women's 400 medley relay: Coughlin, Soni, Vollmer, Hardy over the Australians, though they were behind after the breaststroke. Vollmer and Hardy were nearly a second faster than the Aussie counterparts.
Men's 400 medley relay: Despite his off-peak performance, Phelps buries the Japanese swimmer in the butterfly, giving the victory to the team of Peirsol, Gangloff, Phelps, and Adrian.
Quite a meet. There might be some thinking that USA Swimming is in a great place after this meet; it's good, but now the real work begins.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Alcohol May Raise Risk for Certain Breast Cancers:
Study found drinking associated with increase in hormone receptor-positive cancers
Then there comes a study that indicates a couple of drinks a day is actually a good life-extension practice for older people:
Moderate drinking: health benefits or not?
The second one says: "In other words, the association of moderate drinking and reduced mortality among older adults is reduced but still present when taking into consideration factors that affect both alcohol consumption and mortality," said Moore. "For example, socioeconomic status has been a consistent factor in the link between alcohol consumption and mortality. That is, those with higher income and/or education are less likely to be abstainers and to die."
This IS confusing. I think I'll have a few beers while I think about it.
Scientist: world's helium being squandered
The world is running out of helium: Nobel prize winner
Is it useful? I figger:
"Liquid helium is vital for its use in cooling the superconducting magnets in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. There is no substitute because no other substance has a lower boiling point. Helium is also vital in the manufacture of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and fiber optics."
Clearly this will be on the next missions to Mars. (It better be.) Also works for terrestrial solar installations, eliminating the need for barrels of Windex and armies of panel polishers.
Self-Cleaning Technology From Mars Can Keep Terrestrial Solar Panels Dust Free
Women's 400 Free: chloe Sutton wins, about 6 seconds off WR. I'm thinking freestyles, due to higher in-water speed, are more affected by suit drag (or lack thereof) than other events. Ziegler didn't make the A-Final, but her B-Final time would have been 2nd in the A-Final.
Men's 400 Free: Tae Hwan Park 1st, Ryan Cochrane 2nd, Lin Zhang 3rd; winning time about 4 seconds off Biedermann's suit-aided swim (and about the same off Thorpe's incredible non-suit aided swim).
Women's 100 Butterfly: Reliable Dana Vollmer 1st and Christine Magnuson 2nd, credible 57s.
Men's 100 Butterfly: Probably Phelps' best swim, about a second off his WR, in a slower suit. He might not have wind, but he's got power.
Women's 200 Backstroke: A double Lizzie, Beisel 1st and Pelton 2nd. Pelton set Pan-Pac record in the prelims, Beisel just missed it in the final.
Men's 200 Backstroke: Lochte and Clary again (we've seen that before) but Lochte not close to Peirsol's record.
Women's 50 Breaststroke: Jess of the D'Ubervilles (apologies to Thomas Hardy) because Jessica Hardy returns VERY fast -- only 0.23 off a WR!!!
Men's 50 Breaststroke: Another fast Brazilian, Felipe Silva wins, with Mark Gangloff 2nd. Kitajima not suited for this splash-and-dash, he's fifth.
Women's 400 freestyle relay: Coughlin, Weir, Hardy, and Vollmer set a new Pan Pac record.
Men's 400 freestyle relay: Phelps, Lochte, Lezak, and Adrian set a new Pan Pac record, beat Aussies by around 3 seconds; Phelps leads off with a 48.13. Three seconds off the miraculous Olympic win, which was adrenaline-fueled.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Adriana on the beach
One of the article comments indicates that Adriana doesn't have curves. Ahem: I have a photo gallery that amply demonstrates otherwise (all Adriana in a swimsuit, mostly bikini-type)
Adriana Lima gallery
This extract (with suit adjustment) indicates she has curves everywhere they count.
New Fireball on Jupiter Spotted By Skywatchers
They're out there; another reason for NEO detection and asteroid last-chance warning systems. A whack like that on Earth would cause a commotion. And worse.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Yes, I'm pregnant! Miranda Kerr expecting her first child with Orlando Bloom
Since this is Miranda Kerr... that means something has to be added to this post.
Wow; with Heidi Klum (of course), Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bundchen, Doutzen Kroes, and now MK all having been recently pregnant or currently pregnant, I wonder if Victoria's Secret will offer a maternity line?
Somehow I doubt it...
Just eyeballing the map, I'd say Germany would win the per-capita title; that does not take me by surprise.
Maps can be deceiving. The per capita champ is ........ the Czech Republic! Ireland is 2nd, Germany is 3rd, according to this Web article.
Top 20 Beer Drinking Countries
Still, for some reason I prefer German biergartens.
For some reason... can't put my finger on it...
Friday, August 20, 2010
Well, the call came: Wednesday refers to August 18.
Catcher Wil Nieves and his wife Yormarie welcomed their first daughter into the world on Wednesday. Marie Isabel Nieves, born at 5:28 p.m., measured 20.5 inches and weighed 7.06 pounds. Both mother and child are doing well, according to the Nationals' PR staff. Nieves could rejoin the team sometime this weekend in Philadelphia, though it wouldn't surprise me if the team gave him until it gets back home on Monday.
OK, so here's my day 2 recap. I already see that day 3 has some expected relay wins by the U.S.
Women's 100 Free: as I tweeted, Natalie Coughlin turns the tables on Emily Seebohm, who won the 100 back. Dana Vollmer 3rd.
Men's 100 Free: Big win from Nathan Adrian. Cesar Cielo 3rd, Olympic hero Jason Lezak 4th (on not much training and a new kid to boot).
Women's 100 Breaststroke: Rebecca Soni takes down Lethal Leisel (Jones) of Australia, with a blistering nearly-the-first-new WR in a non-buoyant suit. Amanda Beard 5th, (on not much training and a new kid to boot, which is really impressive considering she gave BIRTH to the kid).
Men's 100 Breaststroke: Japanese samurai warrior Kitajima wins another title. The 200 should be interesting, because Shanteau looked very strong at the U.S. Championships.
Women's 400 IM: Lizzy Beisel takes it. Stephanie Rice isn't here. I wonder how she's doing these days?
Men's 400 IM: as I said in the beginning, the press treats it like a big story that Phelps didn't make the A final, when it's obvious that this would be his toughest event. The A Final goes as expected, Lochte and Clary 1-2.
Women's 50 Back: Sophie Edington of Australia gets to the wall first.
Men's 50 Back: A winner from Japan not named Kitajima! In this case, it's Junya Koga.
Women's 800 free relay: U.S., as I figured was likely, wins by over a second over the Aussie women. The time is nowhere close to the WR: the accumulative effect of the suits at higher speeds shows clearly here.
Men's 800 free relay: Phelps makes up for the 400 IM with a 1:45.62 leadoff leg. (Lochte won the actual event in 1:45.30.) The U.S. men (Vanderkaay, Berens, and Lochte following) win by a swimming country mile, 8 seconds over Japan. Wow. 6 seconds off the suit-aided WR from the Worlds. More interestingly, Phelps' time is 2 seconds off his suit-aided best, and 3 seconds off Biedermann's WR. What's Biedermann done this summer? 1:46.06 last week, and 1:45.84 at the German championships.
I'd say that the playing field is pretty level now.
Hips don't lie! Singer Shakira unwittingly reveals stretch marks on her snake-hips
After I found them, I immediately and powerfully thought:
We need a lot more data. Photographic data. Full-coverage. Those pants are just not quite low enough.
OK, seriously. This is Shakira. Who CARES?
An asteroid early warning system (where "early" means weeks to centuries, not tomorrow, which would be way too late) has been proposed. Rusty Schweickart likes the idea.
"Schweickart is founder and past president of the Association of Space Explorers, the international professional society of astronauts and cosmonauts. Of late, he's been busily working on implementation issues regarding a near-Earth object Information, Analysis, and Warning Network for consideration by the United Nations.
"ATLAS is the first specific telescopic system designed to provide a last-minute warning for asteroids in final approach to an Earth impact," Schweickart told SPACE.com.
As the first NEO discovered immediately pre-impact -- for which an impact time and location were forecast, and from which fragments were collected immediately afterward for analysis – that event [asteroid impact in Sudan] highlighted the potential for systematic last-minute warning, Schweickart said.
"It appears that for roughly 60 percent of impactors roughly 100 to 130 feet (30 to 40 meters) in size, days of warning can be provided. For objects to some 450 feet (140 meters) and above size, weeks of warning are possible," he added.
I think we need all the warning we can get.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Women's 50 Free: Aussies everywhere; Marieke Guehrer and Emily Seebohm 1-2 in the A Final, and Yolane Kukla (also AUS) goes as fast as Guehrer to win the B-Final! That relay is
going to SCORCH!
Men's 50 Free: Cesar Cielo. Dominant! Takes down Schoeman and Cullen Jones (and another
Brasilian, Nicholas Santos, took second. And another BRA, Glauber Silva, won the B-Final. The Brasilians might have a relay, too.
Women's 200 Free: Looking good for the U.S. (I thought Dagny Knutson made the team here,
but I was wrong. So much for THAT prediction.) Allison Schmitt and Morgan Scroggy go 1-2 in the A-Final, and Dana Vollmer wins the B-Final in a time faster than Scroggy, only 0.3 second behind Schmitt. The USA vs. Aussie 800 relay should be good; U.S. should win.
Men's 200 Free: All Lochte, fastest time in the world this year. With Lochte, Vanderkaay, and Ricky Berens (won the B, would have been sixth by 0.02 in the A) that 800 free relay looks sound; is Phelps the fourth?
Women's 100 Back: Emily Seebohm 1st, Aya Terakawa 2nd, Natalie Coughlin 3rd. Close race. Natalie not quite in top form.
Men's 100 Back: As I tweeted, Peirsol makes the most of the opportunity Lochte gave him, wins with a comeback. Top six in the 53.31 to 54.06 range. WOW!
Women's 200 Butterfly: Schipper sneaks in. I thought Teresa Crippen would take it, but she could barely get her head out of the water in the last 15 meters. Still, she only missed out by 0.03.
Men's 200 Butterfly: Phelps manages to win his best event. He's not in great shape, but he's Michael Phelps. Real doubtful he'll win either IM, probably (but not certain) he'll win 100 fly.
Women's 800 Free: Kate Ziegler Returns. This one is interesting. The record, in faster suits, is 8:14. Kate went 8:21. I think her best time is 8:18.52 from the 2007 Worlds. If it is, that's really good for her. REALLY good.
Men's 1500 Free: Not much to write about here: 1st Canadian medal from winner Ryan Cochrane, 14:49. 2nd place Chad La Tourette, U.S., nice swim, nothing great, 14:54 (though I do remember when breaking 15:00 was a Big Deal).
Good start to the meet!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Free link to a landmark paper.
"In the Southern Hemisphere there is a positive linear trend extending to 1100 m depth centered at 40 S."
This is a man who knows what he's talking about.
We should all listen.
Is there a chance I could pass up passing along this link?
I've seen the Playboy set featuring her set, and will have a comment soon, vis-a-vis reality vs. plastic. (Preview: Reality wins. So does good hair.)
Howsomever, I would NOT recommend examining the following article if fellow co-workers (or fellow supervisors) can see what you're examining, because if the lead picture in the article was a billboard, there would definitely be some accidents caused by distracted male drivers (or by male drivers getting a lecture from female passengers).
Daily Mail article about Kelly Brook posing nude for Love magazine
Wil Nieves' big night is nothing compared to the week ahead
Or you might just think that combining Barcelona and wine is a good idea.
For Nationals Wil Nieves and wife, family begins in Barcelona
Congratulations to Wil and Yormari (and even more congrats when the tyke arrives).
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Katie Hoff, Kate Ziegler begin comebacks at Pan Pacific Swimming Championships
OK, I wouldn't say they're beginning their comebacks at the Pan-Pacs. Getting there, for both of them, marks a comeback for each of them. (I tried to watch the results of the U.S. Championships, but I missed that Ziegler finished 2nd in the 800, getting her into the Pan-Pacs).
The article says that Ziegler is also in the 400, and the 1500. I'm not sure how the 400 works, considering she finished 5th. I'll have to look at the heats. Because it's not the Olympics, maybe they get more qualifiers (or have qualifying times)?
I will post each day's final results. (Whether or not anyone else cares.) Small prediction: Ryan Lochte is swimming so good that I think he'll get 3 golds. I also hope, but don't predict, that Dagny Knutson gets at least one.
Checked on Swimming World: a French lad came within whiskers of the world records in the 50 and 100 backstroke. We'll see who's where after the Pan-Pacs are done.
Monday, August 16, 2010
See here. (She's got great hair, too.)
She's in the over-the-hill-gang action flick "The Expendables".
I've always been fond of this picture of CC, showing a fine upper intergluteal cleft.
Of course, her forward contributions deserve respect, too.
(It isn't hard to find the full set, if that's necessary.)
Abbey Clancy ditches the engagement ring after Peter Crouch's misbehaviour with blondes in French nightclub... while on holiday with HER
Start searching for Abbey Clancy's Twitter feed and phone number guys, because I'm pretty sure that Peter Crouch is getting the boot.
I will remain astounded at the ability of English soccer (football) players to screw up their relationships with gorgeous women. Still, they somehow tend to get pretty-good looking babes on the sly (except for Ashley Cole's hairdresser fling).
If you need more information on the main reason for Crouch's big (young and enhanced) error of judgment, click here. Take-home message: don't shag drunk.
OK, I have been there for the eye candy. I've been topless on a beach, but not bottomless, but some of my comely (they were) female companions were topless. It made us better friends, I think. And I didn't cash any checks in their company.
Survey: more travelers willing to bare all on "nakations"
I think that the idea of small modular plants is catching on. They can show up in a lot of different ways. Our energy times are a-changin', whether or not the dinosaurs and denialists admit it and adapt to it.
Scientists call for global nuclear renaissance in new study
In other nuke news, the German government wants to tax fuel rods, but the German power producers don't like that power play, and are threatening a shutdown. They want a voluntary contribution system instead.
The Energy Collective has some deep insight on this:
Merkel's nuclear energy tax plan backfires
Merkel also wants Germany, and Europe, to do more to cut greenhouse gases. Green groups praise her for that, but want the nation's reactors shut down by 2020 to be replaced by wind and solar energy projects.
Germany's export driven heavy industry is flatly opposed to the phase out of nuclear energy and asserts that pragmatic considerations indicate the reactors could be needed for another 30 years. No one has talked about building new reactors which the nation must start planning for now if it expects to keep their 25% share of the nation's power consumption.
I think Plan B is MUCH more realistic.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Andy Murray soars past Roger Federer to claim Rogers Cup
Murray is DUE. OverDUE, actually.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Ancient Hawaiian glaciers reveal clues to global climate impacts
I want to try and read the real paper for this one, so I will reserve further comment for later.
Abbey Clancy gets back in the saddle with Peter Crouch (and the engagement ring is back on)
The article is decidedly less sanguine than the headline would suggest.
In case you're interested, here's the News of the World article mentioned in the Daily Mail article. Includes a video of the Spanish prostitute that precipitated the problems. Not for the faint-hearted (or weak-willed, apparently). Note: most pros don't look this good. The Spanish girl, not Crouch.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Observed temperatures from July
July 2010 ranked fifth.
From GISS: What global warming looks like
"Will calendar year 2010 be the warmest in the period of instrumental data? Figure 3 shows that through the first seven months 2010 is warmer than prior warm years. The difference of +0.08°C compared with 2005, the prior warmest year, is large enough that 2010 is likely, but not certain, to be the warmest year in the GISS record. However, because of the cooling effect of La Niña in the remainder of the year, there is a strong possibility that the 2005 and 2010 global temperatures will be sufficiently close that they will be practically indistinguishable."
NOAA, surprisingly, ranked July 2010 second-warmest, only behind 1998.
State of the Climate/Global Analysis/July 2010
Interestingly, the lower troposphere temperatures ranked 2nd-warmest from the generated-by-skeptics Alabama-Huntsville analysis, and Warmest from the Remote Sensing System's less-tainted-by-any-obvious-bias analysis. These are also shown in the NOAA report.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?
A lot of modern medicine would become impossible if we lost our ability to treat infections," he says. He is talking about transplant surgery, for instance, where patients' immune systems have to be suppressed to stop them rejecting a new organ, leaving them prey to infections, and the use of immuno-suppressant cancer drugs.
But it is not just an issue in advanced medicine. Antibiotics are vital to abdominal surgery. "You safeguard the patient from bacteria leaking into the body cavity," he says. "If you lose the ability to treat these infections, far more people would die of peritonitis." Appendix operations would carry the same risk as they did before Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928.
Yikes. Goes way back to my early blog discussion of pestilence!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
OSIRIS-Rex mission concept
They're also thinking about detaching part of the International Space Station around 2020 or so and sending that (manned?) to an asteroid, too. More on this later!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Climate change 'has nothing to do with Man'
By their company shall ye know them.
But now there's news that Peter Crouch, the tall English soccer (football) player, cheated on Abbey -- who appeared to be really, Really in love with him -- with a teenage prostitute. This news causes mouth-agape astonishment.
Abbey Clancy takes off her engagement ring?
OK, if this is true, there's a three-word phrase for Crouch:
Unbelievably stupid idiot. (And I'm being nice, leaving out the f-word adjective before "idiot".)
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Actress Vanessa Marcil Weds CSI NY Star!
Like I said, he's lucky.
Very, very lucky. Do I sense a theme here?
OK, so she's a little older than when these pictures were taken. She's still one of the best-looking women ever to come out of soaps.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Greenland glacier calves island 4 times the size of Manhattan, UD scientist reports
Oh yeah, I heard it's cold in Bolivia from Marc Morano. Yay.
Friday, August 6, 2010
"Any lumber we get is from trees felled for ecological and protective reasons," Anna Malinowska, spokeswoman for Poland's state forestry board, said adding that without selective logging, infestations had spread on the Belarussian side of the woodland.
Logging a threat to Europe's last primeval forest: activists
Now, this wouldn't be the first time that some environmental activists went a little overboard about some necessary clearing; at the same time, it wouldn't be the first time (by a long shot) that selective clearing was used as a cover story for more extensive commercial logging to raise a little revenue.
Here's another story:
Polish ecologists say too many trees being felled in Poland's primeval forest
Who to believe?
I tried to find a picture that captures a sense of this place: the one below isn't too bad.
They don't call it retail therapy for nothing! Happy Cheryl Cole can't stop smiling as she goes shopping with Derek Hough
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I don't suppose we'll get the same news coverage when the doctors tell her it's OK for her to have sex again as opposed to when they told her to take a break from all that taxing effort, so that her recovery goes well. But if we did find out they told her it was OK -- then we could all stop worrying about whether or not she's fully recovered. Think she'll tweet the happy news?
Cheryl Cole on a date
Surprisingly, no one in the mainstream scientific media caught it, but I immediately recognized this as home of a Sarlacc. So there is life on Mars, obviously.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The billboard itself
The article: Kelly Brook bares her sole (and everything else) in naked Reebok trainers billboard
She actually looks more impressive just standing around (picture)
And 32 more pictures by the billboard
This is the best one
Another article: Kelly on fitting fashion to her fabulous figure
(And speaking of pretty Brits, unfortunately, Cheryl Cole's malaria recovery appears to have hit a rough patch)
This is the bottom 2 meters of the core:
Article from EurekAlert!
Ice core drilling effort involving CU-Boulder to help assess abrupt climate change risks
For those of you who haven't heard, the Eemian was the last warm period preceding the final glacial period before the Holocene. It was warmer at its peak than current -- but we're trying to change that, collectively.
Here's an image from the German TerraSAR-X satellite. SAR is Synthetic Aperture Radar; radar picks up oil on the surface well because the oil damps the wave action. This is a big image so I'm just linking to it.
TerraSAR, Gulf of Mexico, July 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
To make this clearer, I grabbed two images and arranged them adjacently, Trike on the top, Toro on the bottom. The idea is that as Trike matured, the frill got bigger and developed apertures.
Believable? Well, for one thing, it looks like the horns got worn down, if the Toro really is the adult Trike.
Yeah, that'll work. Sure it will.
But still, the World Wildlife Federation is asking nicely.
WWF Wants Japanese Consumers to Join the Fight to Save Bluefin Tuna
"The conservation organization WWF is taking its campaign to save Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna to the source of the threat facing the species: Japanese consumers, who eat 80% or so of the annual catch as sushi and sashimi. WWF is holding a 1-day Symposium on Responsible Consumption of Tuna here tomorrow where it hopes that government officials, seafood industry representatives, and ordinary consumers will listen to talks on how overfishing, capturing juvenile tunas for fish farming, and poor fisheries management has driven bluefin stocks to 15% of historical levels. The organization is urging consumers to avoid eating Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefins until the fisheries recover and are sustainably managed. "If Japanese consumers don't buy the fish, they would force the decision-makers in the end to make the right decision," Susana Sainz-Trápaga, WWF Mediterranean fisheries policy officer, said at a presymposium press briefing here today."
Think it'll work? Surprisingly, I found this, from The Japan Times:
Awareness of bluefin decline urged
Tokyo forum looks at resource management; official defends opposition to ban on trade
"WWF Chairman Tsunenari Tokugawa stressed that a global system is needed to ensure tuna fishing is done legally and stocks are managed properly.
"We would like consumers to understand more about using resources (like tuna) in a sustainable way," Tokugawa said. "We must make sure (tuna are not consumed) to a point where they are unable to reproduce."
The largest consumer of bluefin, Japan went through 43,000 tons in 2008, or some 70 percent to 80 percent of the global total traded. About half of Japan's bluefin comes from the Atlantic Ocean.
As goes Japan, so goes the bluefin. (But they could just rely on Pacific bluefin for a short while; that'd help).
Attach a big 'ol balloon to 'em.
The idea is that the big balloon will substantially increase atmospheric drag, bringing down the satellites real quick, without using maneuvering fuel. When they're about to re-enter, then the remaining fuel can be used to steer them into the oceans (if they're big enough to survive reentry in some form).
I thought there was a problem -- what about satellites that are completely out of fuel? They thought of that; use the balloon to bring them nearly down; deflate them; calculate the re-entry; re-inflate the balloon to finish the job. Good idea if they don't miss.
This system could be attached to new satellites or a satellite in space could go around sticking it on big pieces of junk and old satellites.
This still leaves the problem of all the little pieces... but it's a start.
Safe and efficient de-orbit of space junk without making the problem worse: Gossamer Orbit Lowering Device (GOLD)
Men's 400 Freestyle: Vanderkaay, Klueh, Houchin, La Tourette
Women's 200 Individual Medley: Ariana Kukors, Caitlin Leverenz, Morgan Scroggy, Melissa Franklin (15 y.o.)
Julia Smit was 8th, ouch
Men's 100 Breastroke: Alexandrov, Shanteau, Gangloff, Titus;
North Baltimore's Scott Spann was 5th
Women's 400 Freestyle: Katie Hoff (is BACK!), Alison Schmitt, Chloe Sutton, Dagny Knutson, Kate Ziegler (not quite back, but at least she was 5th);
4:05 compared to her 4:02 record -- this could be an interesting meet (plus everybody's in normal suits again)
Men's 400 IM: Lochte, Clary, Margalis(!), Patrick
Day 2 Beckons
And then vote on who did it best.
(Nicola, in my opinion.)
Nude chocolate photoshoot
What WILL they think of next? Milk?
Monday, August 2, 2010
NASA's hibernating Mars Rovers may not call home again
"The earliest date the rover could generate enough power to send a beep to Earth was calculated to be around July 23. However, mission managers don't anticipate the batteries will charge adequately until late September to mid-October. It may be even later if the rover is in a mission-clock fault mode. If Spirit does wake up, mission managers will do a complete health check on the rover's instruments and electronics.
Based on previous Martian winters, the rover team anticipates the increasing haziness in the sky over Spirit will offset longer daylight for the next two months. The amount of solar energy available to Spirit then will increase until the southern Mars summer solstice in March 2011. If we haven't heard from it by March, it is unlikely that we will ever hear from it."
But still, even as they note, it's too soon by a long shot to give up on it yet.
EDF Said to Raise Flamanville Costs, Delay Reactor
One of the things they need to do is to come up with a different reactor design than the EPR, or as suggested:
Areva and EDF should modify the design of the third generation EPR reactor and develop smaller models to win contracts, according to recommendations in the report on France’s nuclear industry by former EDF Chief Executive Officer Francois Roussely published two days ago.
“The credibility of both the EPR and the ability of the French nuclear industry to successfully build new reactors has been seriously undermined by difficulties” at Finland’s Olkiluoto site and Flamanville, according to the report."
I guess that the reason is that there is excess butter produced every year. But would it really make a dent in the need for alternate fuels? What's the numbers on this conversion? And does your car smell like movie-theater popcorn when you drive it?
Making Eco-Friendly Diesel Fuel from Butter