Kevin Schofield's writings, observations, and other pointless distractions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has now been detected along the Oregon coast. Not good at all.
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.
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 […]
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!