“Using such diverse sources as old ship logs, literary texts, tax accounts, newly translated legal documents and even mounted trophies, Census researchers are piecing together images - some flickering, others in high definition - of fish of such sizes, abundance and distribution in ages past that they stagger modern imaginations.
“He notes a text written in Sicily in 1153 describing the seas of the North Atlantic as having “animals of such great size that the inhabitants of the islands use their bones and vertebrae in place of wood to build houses. They make hammers, arrows, spears, knives, seats, steps, and in general every sort of thing elsewhere made of wood.”
“Since 2003, hazardous amounts of lead have been documented in backyard and community gardens in New York as well as in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington. Lead-laden soil has been found not only in inner city neighborhoods but also suburban areas.
“Excessive lead in soil is the legacy not only of lead paint but also of leaded gasoline, lead plumbing and lead arsenate pesticides. Although these products were outlawed decades ago, their remnants linger in the environment. Lead batteries and automotive parts, particularly wheel balancing weights, are still widely used and are sources of soil contamination.
“Dr. Filippelli recommends planting kitchen gardens with fruiting crops like tomatoes, squash, eggplant, corn and beans because they don’t readily accumulate lead.”
If you or your parents or grandparents have some old negatives or slides and you have any kind of film scanner, this is a nice solution. Four years ago I replaced a perfectly good scanner which, could not do dust removal at all, with a very good Nikon film scanner. I would have saved quite a chunk of change had I known about this free software. The Nikon can’t even remove dust on all film types and Nikon stopped supporting it the day I bought it.
Two radio interviews here. Worth listening to. One is an interview with right wing talk radio host and meat lover Dori Monson. Becker comes across as a pretty thoughtful person.
Yes, it is legal to take a picture of an open ATM and people in REI or any private store where the public is invited in. If there is a “no photography” sign, then you should not take pictures (there was not at REI and usually most stores). So, basically, this guy (like him or not) got detained by the Seattle police for taking a photo legally.
Seem to be many images of ATM parts and open machines on the web already.
“If you exercise to promote health, you shouldn’t take large amounts of antioxidants,” Dr. Ristow said. A second message of the study, he said, “is that antioxidants in general cause certain effects that inhibit otherwise positive effects of exercise, dieting and other interventions.” The findings appear in this week’s issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The effect of vitamins on exercise and glucose metabolism “is really quite significant,” said Dr. C. Ronald Kahn of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, a co-author of the report. “If people are trying to exercise, this is blocking the effects of insulin on the metabolic response.”
“These questions surfaced recently when Douglas Bowman, a top visual designer, left Google.
In a rare display of independence among otherwise tight-lipped current and former Googlers, Mr. Bowman laid out on his blog the reasons for his abrupt exit, creating a bit of a commotion in the technology blogosphere. There was no sugarcoating. Mr. Bowman essentially said that Google was not friendly to designers.”
“Reading relies on neural representations that are experience dependent,” says senior author Maximilian Riesenhuber, PhD, of the GUMC Laboratory for Computational Cognitive Neuroscience. “Evolution did not provide each of us with a little dictionary in our heads.”
“The law, which takes effect Oct. 1, takes aim at agreements that many manufacturers have been forcing on retailers, requiring them to charge minimum prices on certain products. The practice has surged since a controversial 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that no longer makes such agreements automatically illegal under federal antitrust law. Under the new state law, retailers doing business in Maryland — as well as state officials — can sue manufacturers that impose minimum-pricing agreements. The law also covers transactions in which consumers in Maryland buy goods on the Internet, even when the retailer is based out of state. That could potentially affect manufacturers throughout the country.”