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Australian floods lowered global sea levels (Wired UK) “The vast amounts of rain that fell during the Australian floods in 2010 and 2011 caused the world’s sea levels to drop by as much as 7mm, according to oceanographers. In 2010, sea levels mysteriously dropped by 7mm and stayed lower than expected for a year and a half. Oceanographers attempted to work out where the water had gone; they found it in Australia. In most places on the globe, rain falls on mountains, runs into rivers and flows out into the sea. But in Australia, something different tends to happen. Rain that falls in the outback never makes it to the coast — it tends to collect in shallow inland seas and evaporate instead.” tags: weekly rain water ocean math wcydwt australian floods sea levels A New Era of Biological Warfare › ScienceZest “Dilger’s footmen and allies used liquid bacterial cultures of B. mallei to infect equines just before they were shipped to European ports. This was no easy task. Glanders can be transmitted to humans and a number of men with boils all over their faces would not only be suspicious, it would also reduce the flow of volunteers. The deadly bacteria had to be packed so that an untrained man could handle them safely, pour them into fodder, or jab […]
Add an expiration date to your tweets using a simple hashtag | The Verge Besides keeping your digital detritus to a minimum, there may be practical uses for the app. One meteorologist has already found a neat use for it: preventing storm warnings from being retweeted once they’re no longer in place. Spirit follows Efemr, another app with the same functionality. Add an expiration date to your tweets using a simple hashtag | The Verge Besides keeping your digital detritu… http://t.co/E6jKZiPZdE — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) April 25, 2014 tags: IFTTT twitter expire expiration tweet weekly Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food – James Hamblin – The Atlantic “”It’s not just linguistic, I really at times feel like crying, when I think about that we’re paying for ignorance with human lives,” he told me. “At times, I hate the people with alphabet soup after their names who are promising the moon and the stars with certainty. I hate knowing that the next person is already rubbing his or her hands together with the next fad to make it on the bestseller list.” “The evidence that with knowledge already at our disposal, we could eliminate 80 percent of chronic disease is the basis for everything I do,” Katz said. Just as he was finishing his residency in internal […]
And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings : NPR “Experts say poorly run meetings grind away at employee engagement and make companies less reactive by bogging decisions down in human red tape. Some companies, including Mattel, try to create limits around the size, duration or frequency of meetings. But meetings often last longer than they need to, Rogelberg says, because managers don’t understand Parkinson’s Law. This is the idea, backed up by research, that tasks take as long as the time allotted. If you budget two hours, it takes two hours.” h/t D’Arcy Norman tags: meetings time weekly Off the 3-D Printer, Practice Parts for the Surgeon – NYTimes.com “Before he operated on Violet, Dr. Meara wanted a more precise understanding of her bone structure than he could get from an image on a screen. So he asked his colleague Dr. Peter Weinstock to print him a three-dimensional model of Violet’s skull, based on magnetic resonance imaging pictures.” tags: medical weekly 3d printing A cleric in the world’s most populous Muslim nation has declared selfies a sin – Quartz More fodder for the selfie class I will never teach. tags: selfie religion muslim sin weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.