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Archive for June 25th, 2008

Giveaway of the day—of interest to teachers

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Today’s giveaway is WonderShareQuizCreator, to create on-line quizzes. Probably useful to those who teach.

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25 June 2008 at 10:23 am

Oil companies into Iraq

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The major American oil companies have worked out a no-bid deal to go after the oil in Iraq. This perhaps explains the urgency of conquering Iraq, but makes me much more interested in those secret meetings Cheney held with all the energy companies to work out an energy policy for the US. Cheney has steadfastly refused to release any details of the meetings or, indeed, even with whom he met. But perhaps the Iraq War was an outcome of those meetings. We could know for sure if only the Bush Administration was not so set on secrecy—a dubious virtue in a democracy. But one can imagine the oil companies telling Cheney, “If you get us in there, we’ll get the oil—and we’ll throw a lot of money to Halliburton.”

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25 June 2008 at 10:16 am

Blue light kills cancer

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A blue curing light used to harden dental fillings also may stunt tumor growth, Medical College of Georgia researchers say. “The light sends wavelengths of blue-violet light to the composite, which triggers hardening,” says Alpesh Patel, a rising MCG School of Dentistry junior. “The light waves produce free radicals that activate the catalyst and speed up polymerization of the composite resin. In oral cancer cells, though, those radicals cause damage that decreases cell growth and increases cell death.”

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25 June 2008 at 9:37 am

Posted in Daily life, Medical, Science

Florida is waking up to global warming

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Gradually the truth sinks in:

A new survey of Floridians finds that most are convinced that global warming is happening now and that more should be done by key leaders to help Florida deal with climate change. The survey is the first-ever study of Floridians’ opinions about global warming and was conducted by researchers at Yale University and the University of Miami, with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. A survey of 1,077 adults in Florida from May 1, 2008 to May 19, 2008 was fielded by Knowledge Networks, using a representative, online research panel. The survey’s key findings include:

  • A majority of Floridians are convinced that global warming is happening (71%) and that global warming is caused mainly by human activities (55%), or caused equally by humans and natural changes (13%).
  • 65 percent believe that global warming is already having or will have dangerous impacts on people in Florida within the next 10 years.
  • 69 percent believe that parts of the state’s coasts may need to be abandoned due to rising sea levels over the next 50 years.
  • Likewise, large majorities believe that global warming will cause worse storms, hurricanes and tornadoes (80%), droughts and water shortages (80%), flooding of major cities (68%), food shortages (68%), less tourism (64%), and increased rates of disease (57%).

“Floridians believe global warming will have serious consequences here at home and are growing increasingly concerned about the issue,” said Dr. Kenny Broad, associate professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

In line with these concerns, large majorities support state policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even if these policies impact their own pocketbook. For example:

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25 June 2008 at 9:34 am

Paislays shaving soap

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Another vintage shaving soap today: Paislays lavender-scented soap in a polygonal plastic bowl. Still does the job, though: with the ebony-handled Sabini, a fine lather created and then, with the Edwin Jagger ivory-handled Chatsworth, holding a Black Beauty blade, removed. Three passes, a polishing pass with my own mix of oils, and then Taylor of Old Bond Street No. 74 Victorian Limes aftershave.

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25 June 2008 at 9:28 am

Posted in Shaving

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