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Entries from April 2012

Besieged by Climate Deniers, A Scientist Decides to Fight Back

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Besieged by Climate Deniers, A Scientist Decides to Fight Back Climate scientist Michael Mann, who has faced years of attacks from climate-change skeptics, explains why he believes bad-faith assaults on science have no place in a functioning democracy and why the truth about global warming will inevitably gain wide acceptance.

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Outsiders needed on evolution question

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

The pub date for Descent of Man Revisited is now Apr 20, and the book page now allows a ‘look inside the book’ (using the Kindle version, temporarily, without the images, the correct search-inside material is coming). Scroll down for yesterday’s remarks on evolution. I think that it is hard for anyone to get oriented […]

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Can Behavior Be Controlled by Genes?

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Can Behavior Be Controlled by Genes? The Case of Honeybee Work Assignments ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2012) — What worker bees do depends on how old they are. A worker a few days old will become a nurse bee that devotes herself to feeding larvae (brood), secreting beeswax to seal the cells that contain brood and […]

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Argentina’s Critics are Wrong Again

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by The Guardian/UK http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/18-1 Argentina’s Critics are Wrong Again about Renationalizing Oil In taking back oil and gas company YPF, Argentina’s state is reversing past mistakes. Europe is in no position to be outraged by Mark Weisbrot The Argentinian government’s decision to renationalize the oil and gas company YPF […]

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Climate Change Activism and Coup

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Published on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/18 Did Climate Change Activism Lead to Coup of Island President? Maldives ousted president appeals for global help to bring early elections

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Sci/news

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

  Electronic Device for the Perfect Bicep Curl Understanding Pollution from Green-Glowing Zebrafish Reproductive Cycle Put Dinosaurs at a Disadvantage Photochemical Upconversion Adds “Turbo” to Solar Cell Efficiency New Findings Challenge Role of Antibodies Cassini Views Saturn’s Moons Enceladus and Tethys Custom Tailored Brain Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective NASA Captures Image of M1 Coronal Mass […]

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#occupy news

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Occupy Wall Street 17 April 2012 Cryptome.org Members of Occupy Wall Street gather on the steps of Federal Hall after being evicted from the sidewalk early yesterday morning where they had been sleeping on April 17, 2012 in New York City. April 17, 2012. Cryptome are monitoring the protest along … See all stories on […]

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Egg-Laying Beginning of the End for Dinosaurs

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Egg-Laying Beginning of the End for Dinosaurs ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2012) — Their reproductive strategy spelled the beginning of the end: The fact that dinosaurs laid eggs put them at a considerable disadvantage compared to viviparous mammals

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Scientists Discover ‘Switch’ in Plants to Create Flowers

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Scientists Discover ‘Switch’ in Plants to Create Flowers ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2012) — Flowering is the most crucial act that plants undergo, as the fruits of such labor include crops on which the world depends, and seeds from which the next generation grows.

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Positive Feelings May Help Protect Cardiovascular Health

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Positive Feelings May Help Protect Cardiovascular Health ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2012) — Over the last few decades numerous studies have shown negative states, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, to be detrimental to cardiovascular health. Less is known about how positive psychological characteristics are related to heart health. In the first and largest systematic […]

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Understanding of Hearing in Baleen Whales Amplified

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Understanding of Hearing in Baleen Whales Amplified ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2012) — For decades, scientists have known that dolphins and other toothed whales have specialized fats associated with their jaws, which efficiently convey sound waves from the ocean to their ears. But until now, the hearing systems of their toothless grazing cousins, baleen whales, remained […]

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A President Who Doesn’t Even Try

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Common Dreams A President Who Doesn’t Even Try Is Obama Kowtowing to the Right? Or Is He One of Them? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/18-7 by Ted Rall

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Killing Trade Union Leaders

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Global Capital’s Death Squads and Night-Riders They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/18/they-are-still-killing-trade-union-leaders/ by DAVID MACARAY Make no mistake. We had some ugly anti-labor mischief of our own during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where union organizers, political radicals, suspected anarchists and Bolsheviks were blackballed, beaten, imprisoned, deported, murdered, and state-executed—all in […]

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Demise of higher education

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The United States has experienced two major growth spurts in higher education. In 1862, the Morrill Act changed the face of higher education will by granting each state 30,000 acres of public land for each senator and representative. Sale of the land was intended to create an endowment fund for the support of colleges in […]

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Peace Prize War President

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Tom Engelhardt: Sizing Up the Peace Prize War President http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17-3

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The Boss Man Cometh

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Michelle Chen: The Boss Man Cometh: Through State Tax Breaks, Employers Pilfer Workers’ Earnings http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17

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Republicans Who Want Ignorance to Get Equal Time

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Diane Roberts: The Republicans Who Want Ignorance to Get Equal Time in Schools http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17-8

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Rise of the Killer Drones

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Michael Hastings: The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17-4

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How Wealth Reduces Compassion

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Daisy Grewal: How Wealth Reduces Compassion http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17-1

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Connecting the Dots

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

‘Things Happen’: Connecting the Dots Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/04/17-0

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Assange’s ‘The World Tomorrow’

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Julian Assange’s ‘The World Tomorrow’ Premiere: Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/04/17

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‘Buffet Rule’ Failure

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

‘Buffet Rule’ Failure Supports Notion that US Tax Code Serves Wealthiest First http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17

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Plan to Gut Food Stamp Program

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

GOP Unveils Plan to Gut Food Stamp Program http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17-7

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Hunger Strike

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Nearly 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/17-0

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