Suggestions for Posts?

If you’d like to suggest an article you think should be posted for view and/or discussion – just add a comment below including the url. The editors are always willing to consider suggestions from our readers that don’t involve self-immolation.

We’ll probably delete the suggestion after deciding to Post or not – just to keep the place tidy. :)

25 Responses to Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Carl says:

    A new gene that makes bacteria highly resistant to a last-resort class of antibiotics has been found in people and pigs in China – including in samples of bacteria with epidemic potential, researchers said on Wednesday. The discovery was described as “alarming” by scientists, who called for urgent restrictions on the use of polymyxins – a class of antibiotics that includes the drug colistin and is widely used in livestock farming.
    “All use of polymyxins must be minimized as soon as possible and all unnecessary use stopped,” said Laura Piddock, a professor of microbiology at Britain’s Birmingham University who was asked to comment on the finding.

  2. Filmer says:

    “The Women of Hollywood Speak Out : Female executives and filmmakers are ready to run studios
    and direct blockbuster pictures. What will it take to dismantle the pervasive sexism that keeps them from doing it?” Maureen Dowd (NYT)

  3. Charles Drew says:

    The success of scientists’ funding requests seems linked to their race

  4. Geezer says:

    “25,450 Americans will die this year waiting for cancer drugs that could treat them”
    The average length of a drug trial has increased by 70% from the 1990s to the mid-2000s, and it can now take 15 years for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a new medicine. This means that treatments that doctors recognize as highly effective often have to spend further months or years wading through bureaucratic hurdles. The FDA has a “compassionate use” exemption for medical trials, but the qualifying process is extremely onerous, with a prohibitive list of criteria. Some 40% of cancer patients try to enrol in clinical trials every year but reportedly only 3% succeed. In February this year, after the first few states adopted right-to-try laws, the FDA announced that its process for “compassionate use” drugs was “too complex” and that the agency “is committed to streamlining the process.” An FDA spokeswoman, Sandy Walsh, told Quartz in an emailed statement that the FDA believes its compassionate use process “works well overall” but that it’s finalizing “a proposal to make the forms shorter and streamline the process.”

  5. News item says:

    Five protesters were shot late Monday night near the Black Lives Matter encampment at the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis, according to police. Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter, said “a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights.” One of the three counterdemonstrators wore a mask, said Dana Jaehnert, who had been at the protest site since early evening. When about a dozen protesters attempted to herd the group away from the area, Noor said, they “opened fire on about six protesters,” hitting five of them. The attackers fled. No arrests had been made by midnight Monday. Police said via their Twitter feed that they are searching for three white male suspects.

  6. Jake says:

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is now the largest landowner in a remote California farming region for good reason: the area is legally entitled to be first in line to get the state’s share of Colorado River water. Metropolitan paid $256 million in July to nearly double its holdings in the Palo Verde valley to 29,000 acres, or about 30 percent of the valley. The agency denied its purchase from Verbena LLC, a company that bought the land several years earlier from the Mormon church, was part of an orchestrated plan. Water from the Colorado River sustains 40 million people and 5½ million acres of farmland

  7. Mikey says:

    “New UN Study Says Biodegradable Plastics Don’t Work At Sea” “Complete degradation of biodegradable plastic occurs when none of the original polymer remains, a process involving microbial action (i.e. it is broken down to carbon dioxide, methane and water) but this process requires microbes found in soil and prolonged temperature above 50°C. Such conditions are rarely met in the marine environment.” Also: “According to the report plastics in the oceans are a result of several decades of poor waste management, influenced by a failure to appreciate the potential value of ‘unwanted’ plastics. Plastic waste is a serious concern in the world’s oceans, where as much as 20 million tonnes of plastic ends up each year.” (see also related stories and “Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea”)

  8. AC⚡DC says:

    Los Alamos based company, Tibbar Plasma Technologies Inc, announced today that it was awarded $3.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding will be used to develop plasma-based AC-DC electrical transformers for High Voltage DC Electrical Transmission. “Plasma-based electrical transformers have the potential to reduce the cost of transforming power by a factor of 2x-10x. This is a disruptive technology that will make long distance transmission of electricity a lot more affordable. This is particularly important for states like New Mexico that are developing renewable energy to export to more populous states,” said Rick Nebel, owner of Tibbar Plasma Technologies Inc. Tibbar Plasma Technologies is a company dedicated to developing plasma technologies for commercial applications. Its staff is composed of plasma theorists, plasma experimentalists, engineers and technicians. Many of its employees are retirees or former employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    • eideard says:

      8AM MST, tomorrow morning, 26th

    • Donovan says:

      “When you join a Thanksgiving feast or any other meal, you don’t come alone. You bring your gut microbes with you. And they seem to have a say over how much food you’ll consume. Twenty minutes after a meal, gut microbes produce proteins that trigger a host’s biochemical satiety mechanisms, suppressing appetite and reducing food intake. Although these proteins originate in gut microbes such as Escherichia coli, they end up influencing neuronal circuits in the host’s brain. This finding comes from a study (“Gut Commensal E. coli Proteins Activate Host Satiety Pathways following Nutrient-Induced Bacterial Growth”) that appeared November 24 in Cell Metabolism.” According to senior study author Sergueï Fetissov, “We now think bacteria physiologically participate in appetite regulation immediately after nutrient provision by multiplying and stimulating the release of satiety hormones from the gut. In addition, we believe gut microbiota produce proteins that can be present in the blood longer term and modulate pathways in the brain.”

  9. P. T. Bridgeport says:

    International Automated Systems claims it’s revolutionized energy production — and can make investors money. The Utah firm deploys patented “solar lens” technology to focus the sun’s rays into intense thermal energy that drives bladeless turbines that are far more efficient than traditional electrical generators, according to company founder Neldon Johnson. However, according to a suit filed Monday by federal attorneys, Johnson’s inventions are part of an “abusive tax scheme” that has already has cost the federal treasury $4 million and needs to be shut down. They seek an injunction against Johnson and his associates who use a multilevel marketing program to sell the technology through a firm called RaPower3. A key aim of the scheme is not to produce energy, but reap federal tax incentives intended to spur the spread of solar power, according to the feds’ legal action. Johnson says the allegations are untrue and that authorities are unfairly targeting him. The inventor said experts with doctorates have vetted his technologies, which he is now threatening to take overseas. “I have met with the secretary of state of China. I don’t know why I don’t go there. They have offered me a pretty good deal,” said Johnson, whose inventions were the subject of fraud allegations leveled by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission a decade ago.

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