Posts tagged: news
Mitt Romney’s chart of the “Obama Recession” actually starts in 2007. MoJo’s Adam Serwer (!!) notes:
With employment still hovering around nine percent, it’s not like Romney needs to lie in order to go after Obama’s record on the economy. Recent polls have shown nothing but grim news for the president on this front. Why be so conspicuously dishonest about it?
Dear Super Committee: Defense Contractors are “Second to None” In Wasteful Spending
The defense industry is forming a bloc to fight against cuts in national security spending. Here is a reminder that not only is the U.S. spending way more on defense than any other country, but that defense spending is also the source of a lot of government waste.
Read about it on the POGO blog.
Photo from Flickr user melanieburger.
File under: unacceptable.
Nearly 1 in 5 children lived in poverty in the U.S. in 2009. That’s 15 million kids. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked lowest on the study’s 10 indicators of child well-being. New Hampshire, Minnesota and Massachusetts ranked highest.
Over the last 3 weeks I’ve seen a lot of hotel rooms and chain restaurants around the country while traveling for work, all while the proverbial pot appears to have begun to boil over.
I’m reading Haiti: After the Earthquake by Dr. Paul Farmer (much more on this in a future post), in which unimaginable natural and unnatural disasters are documented.
I heard on the radio that the Dadaab refuge camp in Kenya which Somalis are fleeing to is currently populated by an estimated 420,000 people on the brink of starvation and that over 26,000 children have starved to death (think of that statement again…starved to death) in the last several weeks alone. Now several camps, including Dadaab, are reporting cases of measles that could lead to an outbreak of unfathomable scale and lethal force.
Here in the US, a financial system built on dreams of excess has careened beyond the threat of crisis and into the grips of collapse. They say while we focus on our own woes, the fact that the global markets are collapsing at an even more significant rate- particularly those in many key European countries - remains dangerously out of our line of vision. A truth likely symptomatic of a very serious disease.
A Chinook was taken down in Afghanistan by a “dumb weapon,” taking with it the lives of 31 (whose blood stained the hands of not only the person who fired the weapon, but many people, at many levels, from many places) and the first reaction of many “experts” was that they have never been able to figure out why this doesn’t happen more often.
In London, a deadly act of brutality has led to looting, destruction, and chaos…all to protest senseless violence…a directional hypocrisy that apparently the rioters haven’t grasped or have chosen not to acknowledge.
The critical reality is that this is not the Wormsley Common Gang tearing down Mr. T’s house on neatly justified pages that are too often simply jammed into a backpack or cataloged in a library rather than meditated and reflected upon, discussed, and learned from.
Instead this destruction continues to come at the hands of real members of the human family, a rising epidemic of violence affecting and at times taking the lives of other members of that very same family.
What shall come of this? Life is about choices, and in spite of the darkness, choices remain. Someday this will be looked at as a pivotal moment in human history. What direction we push coming off the pivot is the Kee…excuse me…Key.
This time lapse of the night sky over Tottenham during the London riots shows helicopters, search lights, smoke, and flares all night before the sun finally begins to rise. U.K.-based culture blog itdrewitself shot the film on a Canon 7D, taking 2.5 second exposures every three seconds all night. Of the riots, they said, “Watching the fires from our flat the other night was a surreal experience — we just hope it ends soon.”
The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. But what about a fruit fly’s? While only the size of a pinhead, it’s still pretty motherf’ing complicated. Which is why a team of scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute used an ingenious technique called “Brainbow” to make their job easier, revealing fine neural structures with unprecedented clarity.
Before Brainbow, scientists interested in tracing the structural connections between neurons could only color-code them one or two at a time using crude dyes. That meant slicing, staining, and combining many separate samples to build up a map of even tiny portions of a brain. Brainbow uses genetically engineered fluorescent proteins to make the neurons color-code themselves, right in the brain, in up to 100 different glowing colors. This makes it easier for scientists to clearly map the overall structure and tangled mass of connections, and also zero in on tiny individual areas of interest. Call it neuroscience by way of Massimo Vignelli.
Brainbow had already been demonstrated on lab mice, so why use it on lowly drosophila melanogaster instead of a bigger, “cooler” animal? As Technology Review explains, “these organisms have a very sophisticated set of existing genetic tools, [so] researchers can exert even greater control over when and where the fluorescent proteins are expressed.” Which means better, more informative pictures, and better, more informative science. (The researchers’ modified color-coding techniques for the fruit fly are called dBrainbow and Flybow.)
More photos over at Co. Design.
Whoa, this got 2 million hits. Which is crazy, considering that it’s a bunch of wonky charts that have nothing to do with Justin Bieber.