Photograph is by Jongsung Ryu, National Geographic Photo of the Day May 18 2014:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday FTSidebar (Dec 20)

My apologies for posting two Nature videos that are in fact not available online. I posted them before I went back to view them. Being sufficiently annoyed by their incompetence (they were both featured on the main page), I've removed the site as a source. As you undoubtedly already know, I'm inclined to be stern when someone has ONE JOB and can't do it properly. What I would have had to say about the Secret Service was so excoriating that I felt it best to leave the topic alone.

Christmas movies, TV, and an update

At present the cats and I are burning through Christmas movies. Currently playing is You've Got Mail (The Shop Around the Corner soon). I've watched both versions of Miracle on 34th Street (the original is better), several versions of A Christmas Carol (I liked this one from 1938 the best), Scrooged (still the best of the modern era), Elf, all three Santa Clause movies, White Christmas (Holiday Inn soon, although I confess to being mesmerized by Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney in the loose remake), and Penny Serenade (watch that one advisedly and not with your children).

Aren't they lovely?

Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal - Volume 21, Issue 1 - January 2015 Issue Now Online | CDC

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Environment Friday (Dec 19)

The week in wildlife - in pictures | The Guardian Picture

A tiny pygmy possum, a rhino at full charge and eagles in arial combat feature in this week's round-up of images from the natural world

CDC Influenza News and Highlights: Vaccination Updates, Order New Materials | Dec 19

Influenza (Flu)


CDC Health & Safety Features from this week (Dec 19)

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Ebola outbreak: Aircraft cleaning and disinfection; Ebola and food safety in the U.S; updated case counts | CDC


The following information on the CDC website related to the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak has been added or updated:

Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease. ~ Elaine Stritch

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday FTSidebar (Dec 16)

Minion reading

Jeb Bush begins his non-run for 2016, Bristol Bay wins protection, the Koch brothers work to defeat net neutrality, a Federal judge's pointless ruling, Seattle's money-sucking trench, the dirty facts about hydropower, the danger of tanning beds, and more

Technology Tuesday (Dec 16)

Robotic dog

Gorgeous photos, cool videos, a pretty new sleep gadget, I try to understand quantum dot TV, condensed milk (and junk) in space, and more

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Science Saturday (Dec 13)

When I started this post I was in a down mood. Have been ever since it became clear that the Democrats and President Obama are going to give away the store on the spending bill. But as I read so many excellent pieces my mood lifted. It's reassuring to know that there are still people in the world driven by only their passion for science (and history). They're all interesting, many outstanding, and five(!) new favorites.

Friday FTSidebar (Dec 12)