Dan Goodman's journal - March 9th, 2006

March 9th, 2006

March 9th, 2006
02:27 pm

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From http://eurekalert.org:
Public Release: 9-Mar-2006
Science
Study previews ice sheet melting, rapid climate change
The behavior of a massive ice sheet that existed in northern Europe at the end of the last Ice Age has been outlined for the first time, and researchers believe it may provide a sneak preview of how major ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will act in the face of global warming.
National Science Foundation
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/osu-spi030906.php

Public Release: 9-Mar-2006
Cell
For the first time: Longevity modulated without disrupting life-sustaining function
Within a hormone-triggered cascade of molecular signals that plays a crucial for a wide range of physiological functions, researchers for the very first time have identified a protein that functions specifically to extend lifespan and youthfulness -- without disrupting fertility, immunity or the organism's response to stress.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/si-ftf030706.php

Public Release: 9-Mar-2006
Science
Invasive exotic plants helped by natural enemies
Although conventional wisdom suggests that invasive exotic plants thrive because they escape the natural enemies that kept them in check in their native ranges, a new study in the journal Science suggests the opposite. Exotic plants that are in the presence of their natural enemies actually do better in their introduced ranges.
National Science Foundation, National Park Service, Harry and Linda Teasley Endowment
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/giot-iep030606.php

Public Release: 8-Mar-2006
2006 AAAS Annual Meeting
MIT tool may reveal architectural past
A computer design tool originally created for animation may soon unlock the secrets of the structure of ancient cathedrals, according to MIT Assistant Professor John Ochsendorf of architecture.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/miot-mtm030806.php

Public Release: 9-Mar-2006
Science
Study previews ice sheet melting, rapid climate change
The behavior of a massive ice sheet that existed in northern Europe at the end of the last Ice Age has been outlined for the first time, and researchers believe it may provide a sneak preview of how major ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will act in the face of global warming.
National Science Foundation
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/osu-spi030906.php

Public Release: 9-Mar-2006
Cell
For the first time: Longevity modulated without disrupting life-sustaining function
Within a hormone-triggered cascade of molecular signals that plays a crucial for a wide range of physiological functions, researchers for the very first time have identified a protein that functions specifically to extend lifespan and youthfulness -- without disrupting fertility, immunity or the organism's response to stress.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/si-ftf030706.php

Public Release: 9-Mar-2006
Science
Invasive exotic plants helped by natural enemies
Although conventional wisdom suggests that invasive exotic plants thrive because they escape the natural enemies that kept them in check in their native ranges, a new study in the journal Science suggests the opposite. Exotic plants that are in the presence of their natural enemies actually do better in their introduced ranges.
National Science Foundation, National Park Service, Harry and Linda Teasley Endowment
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/giot-iep030606.php

Public Release: 8-Mar-2006
2006 AAAS Annual Meeting
MIT tool may reveal architectural past
A computer design tool originally created for animation may soon unlock the secrets of the structure of ancient cathedrals, according to MIT Assistant Professor John Ochsendorf of architecture.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/miot-mtm030806.php

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10:53 pm

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Thursday March 9, 2006. I'd accepted an 8:20 AM allergist appointment. This meant getting up several hours earlier than usual.

Changing Minneapolis dept: A number of Somali women on the #2 bus. I wondered how much they dressed as they would have in Somalia. The head scarves, probably yes. The cold-weather coats, no.

There used to be a restaurant called Big Olaf's on Franklin Avenue. It's been replaced by El Gaucho.

I'd carefully left time for things going wrong. Result: I got to Health Partners Riverside about an hour early. The hospital next door had an eatery; Subway, not my first choice.

My blood pressure was a bit high. Allergy-related stuff good enough that Dr. Sigford suggested I try using nasal spray once rather than twice a day. And unless something happens, I'm okay for the next year.

The Aldi supermarket on Franklin was on my way home. Most of the groceries cost about half as much as they would have at Rainbow or Cub. Eggs would have cost less at Cub, which had a two-for-one special; but that wasn't worth making an extra trip.

Shopped at Steeple People thrift shop.

Went to the Wedge Co-op, mostly to use the ATM. It was being repaired.

Went home. Took a nap.

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An email from Meetup.com said, among other things, that eBay was investing in Meetup. This might be good news. Or it might be an indication that Web companies are making the same "invest in umpteen businesses" mistake which leads to big losses when recession hits.
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Writing: Started a writing journal. Not awake enough to work on anything, or to do exercises.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Trash out.

Selfwork:
Finance:
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From the livescience LiveJournal feed:
03:33 am - View of Easter Island Disaster All Wrong, Researchers Say

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Livesciencecom?m=662
Easter Island's inhabitants may not have destroyed their own island. Instead, perhaps the Europeans were responsible.

03:33 am - Back From the Dead: Living Fossil Identified

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Livesciencecom?m=663
Scientists correct classification error, find evidence that a rodent extinct for 11 million years is still around.

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