Over the next few weeks, in the Northern Hemisphere, the mice will start moving in to your house.
There are many strategies to manage this, and there are many factors in play (including exactly what sort of “mouse” is moving into your house). But many individuals will want to live trap the critters. If you do, please don’t move them to a distant location. It is a bad idea to do that with any animals.
Regardless of what you plan to do with the little furries once you’ve got them alive, you need to capture them first. Thus, the following timely repost:
Continue reading How to live trap a mouse
There is now a fish that has evolved immunity to PCB’s. PCB is a substance designed to use as an insulator in high-heat electrical equipment (like the transformers used in the electrical grid, or household radios and such). It is very bad for the environment, was taken out of use years ago, but the thing is, because it was designed to stand up to very tough conditions, it does not break down naturally. I grew up not far from where most of them seem to have been made, and was actually involved in some of the cleanup.
So, today, it is interesting to read about this fish:
Bottom-feeding fish in the Hudson River have developed a gene that renders them immune to the toxic effects of PCBs, researchers say.
A genetic variant allows the fish to live in waters notoriously polluted by the now-banned industrial chemicals, and distinguishes the fish–Atlantic tomcod (Microgadus tomcod)–as one of the world’s fastest evolving populations.
“This is very, very raÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂpid evolutionary change,” said Isaac Wirgin, an environmental toxicologist at New York University’s School of Medicine, and the study’s lead investigator. “Normally you think of evolution occurring in thousands to millions of years. You’re talking about all this occurring in 20 to 50 generations maybe.”
Read the rest HERE.
… and compare it to this, which did not end well.
Despite multibillion-dollar investments in cybersecurity, one of its root problems has been largely ignored: who are the people who write malicious code? Underworld investigator Misha Glenny profiles several convicted coders from around the world and reaches a startling conclusion.
Is he using the word “hackers” correctly? And, for those who do write malicious code like that stuff that ruins your computer, isn’t firm punishment or waterboarding or something more appropriate than giving them a reward?
Continue reading Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers!
Artist Raghava KK demos his new children’s book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story — and your perspective — changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit.
Continue reading Shake up your story
Even Democrats in Louisiana are, well, not very well informed or progressive.
Continue reading Louisiana, please try to do better
It turns out that Astrology is not for real. Who would have thought? There is discussion going on here.
Rachel Maddow points out that John Boehner tweeting a survey complaining about how most Americans are unhappy with the economy and think the country is on the wrong track, but did not tweet anything about te survey that says that “Americans prefer President Obama’s approach to the economy over Republicans. They like the American Jobs Act by 43-35, and when you break it down into parts … they like it even more…” Very interesting. More here.
Here’s Ed Brayton trying to cover up a conspiracy to hide nothing: Republicans Freak Out Over Non-Existent Gaffe
And then there’s this:
When a chaplain runs a Christian concert as a chapel event, thatâ€™s free exercise of religion. But, when a commanding general runs a Christian concert called the â€œCommanding Generalâ€™s Spiritual Fitness Concert,â€ and soldiers are punished for not attending this religious event, thatâ€™s a violation of the Establishment Clause.
But they fixed it.