"As national attention focuses on Flint, Mich. — where lead-contaminated water flowed for over a year to a relatively poor, minority community — new research suggests that across the U.S., communities like these are more likely to be exposed to some of the most intense pollution."

Link to the original study. here.

(Yay, 500th link!)
Chainmail Bikini
Posted by darkstar in entertainment 11 years ago
Following on the completion of the 144-episode "DM of the Rings" spoof, Shamus Young teams up with artist Shawn Gaston for a new comic: Chainmail Bikini.  
If you enjoyed DMOTR, which just ended on Friday after a year's run, this promises to be another fun ride.
The earliest domesticated pigs in Europe, which many archaeologists believed to be descended from European wild boar, were actually introduced from the Middle East by Stone Age farmers, new research suggests.  
Study shows that, regardless of participants' belief in God, simply thinking about God inspires people to be generous and cooperative. Participants in the religious prime group were given a word game and had to unscramble sentences (using spirit, divine, God, sacred and prophet). Those in the control group were given the same task with non-spiritual words. Those primed by thinking about the spiritual terms showed more altruism.  
A second study showed almost identical effects were achieved by priming the group with secular terms of civic responsibility and social justice (with target words civic, jury, court, police and contract).
The handheld device emits high-intensity ultrasound and focuses the rays at a desired location. Recent experiments used the tool to seal injured lungs.  
..."The results are really impressive," Vaezy said. He cautions that this is still in the early stages and the technique is not yet being tested on humans.  
High-intensity focused ultrasound is now being investigated for a number of different treatments. It promises "bloodless surgery" with no scalpels or sutures in sight. Doctors would pass a sensor over the patient and use invisible rays to heal the wound. Researchers are exploring the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound - with beams tens of thousands of times more powerful than used in imaging - for applications ranging from numbing pain to destroying cancerous tissue.
NASA scientists have developed a new climate model that indicates that the most violent severe storms and tornadoes may become more common as Earth's climate warms.  
...The study found that continents warm more than oceans and that the altitude at which lightning forms rises to a level where the storms are usually more vigorous.  
These effects combine to cause more of the continental storms that form in the warmer climate to resemble the strongest storms we currently experience.
Hard Rock Kitty
Posted by darkstar in current events 11 years ago
Little kitteh is rescued after 6 days trapped in cement with no food or water.  
Complete with video of kitty in question.
US Senator Larry Craig resigned tonight as Senate co-chairman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, within hours after news broke of Craig's guilty plea to disorderly conduct after an incident in a men's bathroom.  
(Update: URL changed to CNN since Boston.com required login.)  
Even the Idaho GOP are bailing on Craig: "Sergeant Dave Karsnia’s report is absolutely damning in describing the Senator lurking outside Karsnia’s stall for two minutes, and began to follow a familiar pattern used by men 'seeking to engage in lewd conduct.'"  
(Not to be confused with Republican Florida State Rep. Bob Allen, who was arrested this summer for allegedly trying to pay an undercover cop to let Allen perform oral sex on him. Or with married Senator Bob Vitter (R-LA) who, it was revealed this summer, had been engaging the services of prostitutes.)
Hello Nation! After weeks of extreme pain, Stephen Colbert's broken left wrist has healed! His short arm cast was removed live on the August 23 episode of "The Colbert Report", and in celebration, Stephen is auctioning off the cast for charity!  
Throughout the recovery, Stephen received support from friends in government and the media, who rallied behind him with cast signatures and heartfelt get-well-soons. Cast signers include: Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York; CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric; Bill O'Reilly, host of FOX's The O'Reilly Factor; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of U.S. House of Representatives; Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet The Press; Tony Snow, White House Press Secretary; and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.
The Minnesota Republican Party is being sued for misappropriation of funds, having allegedly been using their staffers' retirement withholding to pay for expenses, among other serious crimes.  
The basis for the suit is a "confidential memo" by a top Republican staffer complaining about retaliation by the Party organization when he raised his concerns. The memo implicates the Republican Party in tax evasion, insurance fraud and other crimes as well.
Octosquiddy ftaghn!
Posted by darkstar in blinded by science 11 years ago
A strange cephalopod has been found near Keahole Point on the big island of Hawaii. It appears to be a cross between an octopus and a squid, which is being called, you guessed it, an octosquid. The specimen, which has 8 tentacles, an octopus head and squid mantle, was brought up from a depth of 3000 feet by a pipeline operated by Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.
RIP, Hank Medress
Posted by darkstar in it's the arts 11 years ago
Hank Medress, whose vocals with the doo wop group the Tokens helped propel their irrepressible single “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” to the top of the charts and who produced hits with other groups, has died of lung cancer. He was 68.  
Awesome sound, awesome song, awesome backstory to the original song "Mbube".  
(Linked to a C&L post because they have a good video.)
"Starting in the summer of 2008, teens with a new driver's licenses would have to stay off the road after midnight and have only one other teen in the car.  
...The restrictions, which would last for the first six months of the license, are an attempt to reduce accidents caused by young drivers."  
Napolitano signed the bill into law today. Another approach to address the issue, here.
"...Police said they found more than a dozen rifles, handguns, swords, a bow-and-arrow set, a machete and nearly 3,000 rounds of ammunition.  
Police said they also found fuse cords that could be used to ignite explosives and a device investigators described as a grenade launcher.  
Froatz is a leader of a local conservative group that rallies in favor of stronger immigration laws."
Florida will ditch touch-screen voting and may adopt statewide Arizona's statewide, on-demand voting method, if Secretary of State Browning has anything to say about it.  
"Secretary of State Browning recently went to Phoenix's Maricopa County, which uses ballot-on-demand voting for absentee ballots. He said he was confident it can be successful in Florida."