A Rant about Measles

The CDC reported today that in the US we are seeing the highest levels of measles infections in 20 years. This isn’t just a tragedy. It’s a stupid, pointless, completely avoidable tragedy.

Methane: you should be worried

When we talk about global warming, most of our discussion centers on carbon dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas that human societies have been pumping into the atmosphere in increasing quantities since the beginning of the industrial revolution. But that is about to change: there is increasing consensus that methane is an even more serious threat.

MERS update

Additional news about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has been trickling in over the last week since I posted this piece, so here’s an update — and it’s almost all good news.

Kepler Space Telescope gets a New Mission

There was good news today from NASA about the Kepler space telescope, which suffered some wear-and-tear along the way to completing its original mission, and a key mechanical fault last summer which prevents it from continuing with “business as usual.” Its new mission, dubbed “K2,” is a tribute to the ingenuity of NASA scientists.

Science Nerd Moment for Today: Recoding

  There’s an interesting article in Nature today, discussing some recent research on how the protein-manufacturing mechanism inside our cells works.  But first, some background.

Sea Star Wasting Disease now in Oregon.

Sea star wasting disease has now been detected along the Oregon coast. Not good at all.

MERS: what you need to know

You may have seen articles about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, pop up in the news in the last couple of weeks. You’re going to see it more often going forward, as both the CDC and WHO are tracking it very closely.

West Antarctic ice melting at an accelerating pace

NASA held a press conference this morning to announce their recent research results on the West Antarctic ice shelf. There is one big difference between the Arctic and Antarctic ice shelves: the ice at the North Pole is floating in the ocean, and the Antarctic ice is sitting on land.  At a very coarse level what this […]

New Cheetah Exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo

I finally made it over to the zoo this morning to see the new cheetah exhibit, and thankfully the cheetahs were up and wandering around!  I got some good pics. Enjoy!

A Thoughtful Article on Zoos, by an Insider

Here’s a thoughtful piece by a zoo insider about how zoos have changed over the last 20 years and their role in society today. Sadly, it’s in the context of the death of a much-loved orangutan at the Oregon Zoo.

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