Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Lies Beneath

There is fresh speculation that a sinister substance lies beneath the vast ice sheets covering most of Antarctica, something that could contribute to (and possibly accelerate) the process of global warming. Advertisements

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Your Daily Loss of South Carolina

Arctic sea ice follows and annual cycle of melting and freezing.  In summer months, sea ice is shed to an annual minimum level of ice coverage, before the cooler temperatures and shorter days of autumn terminate the melting period and … Continue reading

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Feed Me

Biology is awesome. Just look at this photograph! On top is a reed warbler (probably the Eurasian reed warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus) dutifully bringing food to its nest for its offspring. The hungry recipient is obviously not a reed warbler. It … Continue reading

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The Absence

Cancer is the enemy within. A subset of cells in our own bodies, equipped with little more than the same genes and proteins present in all of our cells, begin a quiet rebellion. The insurrection commences under the radar, lacking … Continue reading

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The Ice Commander

Neil Armstrong, the first human being to set foot on another celestial body, has died.  Just 43 years after his historic 2 hours and 31 minute walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, he was 82. The Economist, … Continue reading

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Shades of Beige, and Other Tales

Several items from my reading pile have piqued my interest this week.  Here are a few quick paragraphs for each:

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Independent Minds

Approximately one-third of American adults self-identify or register as political “independents,” declining membership in any political party.  By some estimates, the number of political independent voters vastly outstrips the number of self-identified Democrats or Republicans.  However, party registration records or … Continue reading

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