Another quick linkee-poo. Sorry folks, the day thing is descending into madness.
Avram Grumer brings us a real life incident of how we're living in the future but that SF writers aren't keeping up. Do we need to keep talking about how a cell phone call would destroy most thrillers, or does everybody get it by now?
The humble light bulb and the engineering behind it. Probably more than you ever wanted to know, but still cool science. (Pointed to by John)
One of my many experiences is arguing with Cleveland Science Center staff over whether the tides influence Lake Erie. They have (or had, it's been a while since I've been through there) a game show set up that tests your scientific knowledge. It may come as no surprise that after 15 of 20 questions, I was leading the pack. And then they had the question, "Are the Great Lakes affected by Moon tides?" And in my own Sheldon moment, I answered, "Yes, because everything, including you and your house and the rocks in mountains are affected by the tide." There is a measurable bulge in the Earth caused by the Moon (and the Sun, to a lesser extent). Now, it's not as big as ocean tides, but it's there. And I thought they were trying to trick us. Their answer was, "No, the rise and fall of the lakes is due to wind action." But I am right. In fact, the Large Hadron Collider needs to take this affect into account. (Grokked from thc1972)
The risk of taking too much acetaminophen (Tylenol). I'm sure this is meant to be about the conversation on pain control, and it's great that we're asking how much people are taking. But did anyone ask why they're taking that much? From anecdotal evidence I can point to two factors, 1) the government continues to "crack down" on prescription pain control medication (based on their "estimates of what we should be using vs what is being prescribed" - for some controlled substances, the fed limits how much can be produced in a year, including precursor ingredients - another casualty in the War on Drugs) and 2) we are not built for our modern life style (postures and chemical/noise/energy exposures) and we are in pain. But because of #1 we can't cope with #2 in a proper manner, so we take too many over the counter pills. And in other pill news, the research shows that birth control pills don't actually "prevent blastocysts from implanting" as is the common myth from the Pro-Life side. And here's the whispered side note, that's because we often really don't know how drugs are working, we just see that they are (not all, especially the modern highly target drugs). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
"'It think (getting a job) been exacerbated by the recession,' Cappelli said. 'Employers feel that they shouldn’t have to pay as much. I think we’ve gotten used to the idea that wages don’t go up.'" Well, unless you're working in top management. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Taxing sugary drinks like tobacco products is gaining more momentum. The initiate probably still won't pass, but it'll get closer. (Pointed to by Dan)
Alligator Quotient: Okay, they've forgotten how to play poker, but they remember euchre? How weird is that reptilian mind anyway?