Still no link between autism and MMR

A new study was just published looking at whether there is a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Myopia: more environmental, less genetic

The science magazine/journal Nature has an interesting article this week on myopia, aka near-sightedness. Myopia is on the rise among children worldwide, and is reaching epidemic levels in some Asian regions: in 1955, 10-20% of the Chinese population was short-sighted, and today up to 90% of teenagers and young adults are. This has led to an […]

Why influenza spreads in the winter

Here’s an interesting press release about some work being done at Virginia Tech on understanding why “flu season” is in the winter.

Oil Spills Used to Save Lives at Sea

Here is a pointer to a great article with a maritime history lesson:  sea captains used to intentionally create small oil spills around their ships during rough weather in order to calm the seas. And it worked.

Sometimes Nature Isn’t Intuitive

A new study released by Washington State University shows a very unintuitive result: killing gray wolves increases the likelihood of livestock killings the following year.  The explanation makes sense, once you hear it.

Bill Nye’s New Book

Bill Nye has a new book out, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. I am constantly blown away by the fervor with which many people want to deny scientific facts so they can continue to live in their fantasy world of miracles and magic. We need more voices like Bill Nye, who not only […]

Louisiana’s coastline: don’t get too attached to it.

ProPublica has a very informative feature on the rapidly shrinking Louisiana coastline. This is another man-made natural disaster, but surprisingly sea level rise from climate change is only a tertiary factor.  The story goes much farther back than that, and could largely be attributed to naïve good intentions in a time when we thought we […]

Ebola

  Ebola is all over the news the last couple of weeks — eclipsing talk of MERS in many places. There is lots of scary reports out there, and plenty of bad information, so it’s probably worth a recap of solid, useful information.

When even oil refineries admit climate change is real

Turn the irony knob up to 11:  a tar sands oil refinery asks the State of Delaware to enact a shoreline stabilization project in order to mitigate the effects of sea level rise. I think my head is going to asplode. But it does point out something important: even while Republicans stick their heads in the […]

Water

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the water management issue on the west coast of the United States.

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