Lots of fun things to read!

Posted: August 20, 2012 in Ethics, Policy, Science

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/08/paul-ryans-record-on-science-and.html

Paul Ryan’s stance on science and the role of government in scientific research. “….Ryan is no fan of investments in nonmilitary applied research, particularly in the energy technology arena. The private sector can do a better job of picking “winners and losers,” he says. Meanwhile, Ryan’s stands on a variety of other issues—including opposing human embryonic stem cell research and questioning climate change science—have put him at odds with some researchers.”

 

http://eopugetsound.org/

Puget Sound Institute publishes an Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. The institute is a collective of EPA, University of Washington and Puget Sound Partnership.

 

http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/08/the-health-of-the-oceans-in-a-si.html

“By providing a means to advance comprehensive ocean policy and compare future progress, the Index can inform decisions about how to use or protect marine ecosystems.”

 

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v488/n7410/full/488129a.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20120809

Nature editorial, “US law-makers need to encourage research on firearms-related violence so that gun laws can be based on facts rather than ideology.”

 

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/08/us-watchdog-agency-backs-basis-f.html

Government Accountability Office rules that research leading to increased regulation of coal mine dust exposure  was done correctly. Coal mine industry is not happy with ruling.

 

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018863441_bee07m.html

Vital alkali bee population at risk due to road construction in Walla Walla, WA.

 

http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/new-space-station-video-of-earth-shows-storms-city-light.php

New video using time lapse photography  from NASA’s International Space Station show Earth.

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/08/158417396/heres-where-farms-are-sucking-the-planet-dry

New map showing where crop irrigation by farmers is depleting the underground water stores. “This can’t go on forever. Already, many farmers are being forced to dig deeper wells to get at that water. But bigger changes are on the way: New irrigation technologies that use water much efficiently; a shift to different crops that demand less water; and in some areas, they’ll just have to stop using those underground stores of water altogether.”

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6095/632.summary

“U.S. National Institutes of Health and NASA have joined a lawsuit to block a provision in the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (Stock) Act.”

 

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/08/us-court-sides-with-gene-patents.html

Myriad Genetics triumphed in court and has retained the right to patent genes involved in breast cancer.

 

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/08/panel-urges-nsf-to-boost-instrument-investment.html

Materials 2022 Subcommittee asks NSF to increase funding for large research equipment like microscopes and analytical chemistry.

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6096/777.summary

Editorial by Alan I. Leshner on communicating science to the general public.

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6096/786.summary

Effects of budget sequestration on science.

 

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/13/158711121/thousands-of-hospitals-face-penalties-for-high-readmission-rates

New penalties for hospitals with high rates of readmissions. Part of the Affordable Care Act.

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/15/158831652/should-lack-of-exercise-be-considered-a-medical-condition

Lack of activity a new medical condition? Prescribe activity training, i.e. personal trainer/gym. ” The Lancetrecently called it an “inactivity pandemic,” responsible for 1 in 10 deaths worldwide. That’s a major shift, and a major public health problem, many researchers have pointed out. Inactivity is linked to heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.”

 

http://blog.ucsusa.org/were-nasa-and-we-know-it-makes-me-lmfao-with-curiosity/

NASA employees spoof LMFAO with “We’re NASA and We Know It.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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