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You can rarely go a day here on Science Buzz without reading some post or reader comment about environmental issues. But today, bloggers of all stripes are committing to writing about enviromental issues for the first-ever Blog Action Day. About 15,000 bloggers worldwide have committed to use their space to write on matters that impact our Earth. Minnesota participants (as reported in the Star Tribune today) include Alt Text, Ancora Imparo, The Garden Corner, Matt's Cuppa, Smart Marketing and Views From Minnesota.
OK, so I get an E-mail every day with links to today's medical stories. One of today's stories involved a study showing that Californians are low users of medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). The same webpage had an ad for Nebivolol, a drug to combat high blood pressure. When I went to the drug information page, I found these two items listed among a variety of potential side effects: "paraesthesiasis" and "upset tummy." No kidding! Seems to me that if you're a person who knows, off the cuff, what "paraesthesiasis" is, you probably would also expect a more technical term for gastrointestinal distress. And if you're writing for a lay audience, don't use the word "paraesthesiasis"! (Want to know what it is?)
Scientific American.com has a cool interactive on what they think the Five Goals for Exploring the Solar System should be. Check it out, and then think about what you think our goals for exploring the solar system should be. What do you think?
Wired Magazine, who bring us monthly nerdy technology news with a pop culture ilk, are embarking on a PBS TV show about science, Wired Science. This is an interesting set of leaps and I hope the funky graphic design, future forward thinking, and nerdy yet populist approach of the magazine translates to a new medium and topic area.
Eduardo Arias bothered to read the ingredients on a toothpaste tube, took the day off from work, and trekked all over the city to alert health officials in Panama to an antifreeze ingredient in his toothpaste that sparked off a world wide recall and investigation. This guy gets my "rad citizen scientist" award. Keep askin' questions.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada led a fossil-hunting expedition to Mongolia. The trip just recently ended, but you can read all about it on their blog.
The woolly adelgid, a small insect transported from Asia in the 1920s, is killing hemlock trees in the Smoky Mountains.
"For some reason, the official kilo — a 118-year-old lump of metal stored in a vault at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures outside Paris — has slimmed down by as much as 50 micrograms in the past century." (Wired)
The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization plans to make a sphere out of silicon that will not only be exactly one kilogram but will also be the most perfect sphere in existence.