Daily Archives: October 8, 2011

The Scientist is Dead

The magazine:

Biomedical researchers have lost a respected source of information–and science journalists have lost yet another publication for which they can write–with the news that The Scientist will stop publishing immediately. The news comes just after the magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special issue.

Wow, that was unexpected. In a totally expected sort of way. Story here.

ACLU going after ultrasound law in North Carolina

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, filed a lawsuit against a new North Carolina law that requires pregnant women to receive ultrasounds and be given information about the fetus before obtaining an abortion. The plaintiffs argue that it is unethical for healthcare providers to force patients to listen to “state-mandated ideological speech.”

Details here

You don’t get to ignore the law just because you believe in a particular god

This woman needs to be fired, and, actually, jailed. And stoned maybe.

You know, I get that it’s a tough economy out there. Lots of people are taking jobs that aren’t necessarily optimal, like working at a fast food joint, cooking meth, or making YouTube videos. And not everyone is able to choose a job that is 100% in line with his or her morals, like a vegetarian flipping burgers, an ex-DEA agent cooking meth, or a normal human being making YouTube videos.

Or like a fundamentalist Christian who is a town clerk in New York, where same-sex marriage was recently made legal.

That’s right, there are people in New York who are refusing to approve the marriage licenses of same-sex couples because of “religious freedom.” Here’s one now!

Rebecca Watson has the story, and a video you won’t want to miss.

Are you Mars-curious?

i-20fe73fa25842b5bfc98f5b991899ce4-6a00d8341bf67c53ef0153922165b5970b-800wi-thumb-250x202-69764.jpgCuriosity is a new Mars Rover that looks like a UFO when it’s all folded up in its space-pod, but looks like a Transformer when it is deployed.

The space travelling robot has been folded up and sealed into its anti-germ container (to avoid letting germs out into the Martian ecosystem, the rover is sterilized and sealed up) in preparation for its launch, which is coming up soon.

i-97d84faef372912eae1f64b5944ea79a-559441main_curiosity_946-710-thumb-250x187-69766.jpgAccording to NASA, Launch Window opens at 10:21 EST on November 25th. Arrival at the planet Mars is expected in August, 2012 .

The main thing this robot is curious about is the presence of microbial life, past or present, on the red planet.

You can keep track of Mars rover missions on the NASA web site, here

Make your donation and relieve your guilt!

You know you want to! This is just one of the many project you can help out:

i-c0e14c8d10c7ebfea59f5bcc5374a186-u726712_sm.jpgMy Students: Kids love to find out what’s happening inside them! From their blood to their bones, we study the human body. Our health book is a good resource for students, but having a model for them to look at and touch would make connections for those struggling students who are not strong readers.

We are a small, rural school in Minnesota. We have a surprisingly diverse population that comes from many different socio-economic backgrounds. The students are excited and eager to learn. Our students sometimes struggle to retain information. They are like many of us–they learn better by doing, by touching, by experience. Added regulation and less funding makes it more difficult to provide students with experiences.

My Project: I can already imagine the squeals and giggles when the students first see the skeleton and the other human body models! In some students, it will spark an excitement that no one can measure–maybe future doctors or vets. The ability to touch and move pieces will help them connect the pictures we have seen to their own bodies.

This is a gift I can’t give my students without your help. For students who struggle, being able to learn through doing is very valuable. Having these human body models would enrich the learning of the very intelligent students and the students who struggle. When we talk about the ribs, they can actually see what they look like and imagine that in their own body. Thank you for considering our project! hide»

My students need a skeleton and basic models of the human body to enhance our health unit.

CLICK HERE AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF

Now would be a good time to make your donation!

This is just one of the many project you can help out:

My Students: Kids love to find out what’s happening inside them! From their blood to their bones, we study the human body. Our health book is a good resource for students, but having a model for them to look at and touch would make connections for those struggling students who are not strong readers.

We are a small, rural school in Minnesota. We have a surprisingly diverse population that comes from many different socio-economic backgrounds. The students are excited and eager to learn. Our students sometimes struggle to retain information. They are like many of us–they learn better by doing, by touching, by experience. Added regulation and less funding makes it more difficult to provide students with experiences.

My Project: I can already imagine the squeals and giggles when the students first see the skeleton and the other human body models! In some students, it will spark an excitement that no one can measure–maybe future doctors or vets. The ability to touch and move pieces will help them connect the pictures we have seen to their own bodies.

This is a gift I can’t give my students without your help. For students who struggle, being able to learn through doing is very valuable. Having these human body models would enrich the learning of the very intelligent students and the students who struggle. When we talk about the ribs, they can actually see what they look like and imagine that in their own body. Thank you for considering our project! hide»

My students need a skeleton and basic models of the human body to enhance our health unit.

CLICK HERE AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF

“My little Minnesotans deserve the best and need your help!”

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011: That is a day people around here will never forget. I remember standing in the maw of my open garage holding an iPad with the weather radar running on it. The weather map showed that a tornado was on top of me. Amanda, Julia and Huxley were in the basement preparing for the worst. But, strangely, the rain was falling striaght down and there was not a whiff of wind.

That’s when I heard the freight train coming. Problem was, that train was running were there were no tracks….

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Teenagers Shooting Teenagers

Since I’ve last mentioned teenagers shooting teenagers with guns by accident, there have been a number of interesting events.

It seems that a 17 year old teenager in Carrick, Pennsylvania was shot by a friend on Sunday, in an apartment next to an elementary school. At first the kid told police that it was a drive-by shooter that got him, but later fessed up. He was not badly hurt, but there is no news yet on if it was Dad’s Gun or some other weapon.

Meanwhile, in Montreal …
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