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Monthly Archives: June 2008

CTDL 222: Dear Diary; Mars isn’t terribly crowded

Interesting bit of diary from the latest Mars mission. If you’re into reading a robotic interplanetary lander’s diary

Nasa’s Phoenix lander touched down on Mars at the end of May for a mission planned to last three months.
The robotic lab is investigating the region’s climate and geology and could determine whether the planet was [...]

CTDL 221: Pile O Links V2.0 for today

Yet again I had a huge backlog of links even after the last post, so I’m putting together even more of them into a smorgasbord of interesting articles. Enjoy!

“Her methods probably are finer, but our conclusions are very similar.”
He also criticised the emphasis placed by the McGill University researcher on the “low” figure [...]

CTDL 220: Pile of Links again

Pile of excerpts and links from BBC articles I didn’t get around to making their own posts. Enjoy.

In January, the Brazilian government announced that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon jungle had soared in the last half of 2007, just months after officials had celebrated three years of steep falls.
It was an [...]

CTDL 219: Fallafel or insulin, you decide

Falafel wins every time. Interestingly enough this is largely the diet espoused by the Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy book which based most of its information on the harvard medical school nutritional findings. Note they talk about it as a Mediterranean diet, but it’s really just a healthy one.

Sticking to a diet which includes fruit, [...]

CTDL 218: Cancer Cells and cloning

Good use of cloning here (no midichlorians were harmed I’m sure), hopefully this is a treatment that pans out.

US researchers, reports the New England Journal of Medicine, took cancer-fighting immune cells, made five billion copies, then put them all back.
[From BBC NEWS | Health | Clone cell cancer 'cure' hailed]

CTDL 217: Ocean Temps again

Quick follow up on CTDL 208 with a bit less information, from the BBC of course.

Global temperatures did not dip sharply in the 1940s as the conventional graph shows, scientists believe.
They say an abrupt dip of 0.3C in 1945 actually reflects a change in how temperatures were measured at sea.
Until 1945, [...]

CTDL 216: Drugstore economics

Not JUST to prove I find other things besides the BBC Science section, but at least partly that, today we’ve got a nice little bit on saving some cash using the drugstore (CVS, Walgreens, et al) and their promotional discounts.

The Drugstore Game involves combining manufacturer and store coupons, and taking advantage of a store’s best [...]

CTDL 215: Maybe all those sloth comparisons aren’t insults?

Rather than snoozing for more than 16 hours a day, as observed in captivity, sloths in the wild doze for less than 10 hours, research suggests.
Scientists caught sloths living in the rainforest of Panama and fitted them with a device that monitors sleep.
The findings, published in a Royal Society journal, may [...]

CTDL 214: Un-Farming in the UK

How should Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) respond to the “food crisis”? Our environment analyst Roger Harrabin examines how worries about food are stimulating a debate about the long-term future of the CAP.
The Common Agricultural Policy – the vast system that costs Europe’s taxpayers more than £30bn pounds a year – will be [...]

CTDL 213: Tasmanian Park

Michael Crichton is rolling over in his grave… or not.

A fragment of DNA from the Tasmanian tiger has been brought back to life.
Australian scientists extracted genetic material from a 100-year-old museum specimen, and put it into a mouse embryo to study how it worked.
It is the first time DNA of an [...]