Dan Goodman's journal - March 24th, 2006

March 24th, 2006

March 24th, 2006
07:10 pm

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From http://www.eurekalert.org:
Public Release: 24-Mar-2006
Scientists discover interplay between genes and viruses in tiny ocean plankton
New evidence from open-sea experiments shows there's a constant shuffling of genetic material going on among the ocean's tiny plankton. It happens via ocean-dwelling viruses, scientists report this week in the journal Science.
National Science Foundation
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/nsf-sdi032406.php

Public Release: 24-Mar-2006
Diabetes Care
Too much or too little sleep increases diabetes risk
Men who sleep too much or too little are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
NIH/National Institute on Aging, NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders, Yale Mentored Clinical Research Scholars Program, Veterans Affairs Health Services and Research and Development Service
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/yu-tmo032406.php

Public Release: 24-Mar-2006
Human albumin from tobacco plants
Human serum albumin (HSA) is the intravenous protein most commonly used in the world for therapeutic ends. It is employed to stabilise blood volume and to avoid risk of a heart attack, its administration in operating theatres being almost a daily occurrence.
http://www.basqueresearch.com/berria_irakurri.asp?Gelaxka=1_1&hizk=I&Berri_Kod=926

Public Release: 23-Mar-2006
Deep-sea fish populations boom over the last 15 years, new Scripps study shows
The largest habitats on Earth are located in the vast, dark plains at the bottom of the ocean. Yet because of their remoteness, many aspects of this mostly unexplored world remain mysterious.
http://scrippsnews.ucsd.edu/article_detail.cfm?article_num=721

Public Release: 23-Mar-2006
April GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights
Topics include: modern-day tectonic subsidence in coastal Louisiana; dynamics of recovery from mass extinctions; evidence for recent water cycling on Mars; discovery of possible feeder dikes for ancient Martian volcanic plains; and challenges posed by preserved teeth of 7 million-year-old horses and rhinos regarding timing of Himalayan-Tibetan plateau uplift. The GSA TODAY science article focuses on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the rise of modern earthquake science and seismic hazard assessment.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/gsoa-aga032306.php

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Serbian Nigeria; dangerous drug
Friday March 24, 2006. Last night: "Nigerian letter" localized to Serbia, from someone using the name Marko Milosovec.

Today, I realized I'd missed an opportunity. I know someone who just might have been willing to draft a reply in Serbian. Would've been fun to see if the scammer understood Serbian.
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To Office Depot in Downtown Minneapolis, mostly to buy canned air. I had to show ID for that; seems it's among the umpteen dumb things people use to get high. (I don't know if this is a store chain policy, or a new law.)

Office Depot is in City Center, an indoor mall which once had high hopes. It looks emptier every time I go there.

[rant] Like many other US cities, Minneapolis is trying to restore downtown to what it was before the 1950s. This will happen about the same time Belfast has full employment in its old industries, or New Jersey and the Hudson Valley get back the farm products business which was lost when the Erie Canal came into operation. [/rant]

Stopped in at Shinders News. While I was there, looked at the contents of the March 27 National Review. An article explaining why certain wrongheaded conservatives are even more wrongheaded than President Bush. Review of a book about Bush's betrayal of conservatism. I have a feeling that NR is not completely uncritical of Bush.

On my way home, stopped in at Steeple People thrift store and the Wedge.

***Came home, collapsed. I'm not quite recovered from whatever.

Tinkered a bit with Google Page Creator. Which does make it easy to do various things, some of which I want to do.
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Writing: "The Far Cousins" -- added notes on things I already knew about the story but hadn't bothered to write down. And came up with things I hadn't known. I now know where the Watchers have their headquarters, and that it has a fireplace. And why it has a fireplace.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Trash picked up.

Selfwork:
Finance:

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