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V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014

news

The Daily Word in baby names, APD sidearms and a Black Mass at Harvard.

The Daily Word

Mexican drug cartels will find you in Minnesota.

Noah and Sophia are the new most popular baby names.

In Saudi Arabia, a web editor was sentenced to 1,000 lashes.

A woman beat her child with a baseball bat for clogging the toilet.

It’s hard to make it through a whole song.

Check out these douche chill celebrity photos.

A Harvard student group plans to hold a Black Mass.

APD officers may no longer carry their lucky guns on duty.

KOAT did a nice story about the mentally ill in New Mexico.

There were silent protests at Thursday’s city council meeting.

What’s happening in ABQ today?

Happy birthday, Billy Joel.

V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014

news

The Daily Word in Cinco de Mayo, an APD shooting and vampires had it right.

The Daily Word

It’s Cinco de Mayo.

A gunman was killed in an APD standoff.

Blood transfusions may hold the secret to eternal youth.

X-Men director Bryan Singer is facing additional sexual allegations.

It’s raining spiders. Hallelujah, it’s raining spiders. Amen.

Here’s the latest in data storage.

What’s going on today?

Some lady doesn’t know if she’s using the personals right.

Happy birthday, Tammy Wynette.

V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014

Comedy Matters

Coding Humor

A professor, a reporter and comedy

In The Humor Code, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner travel the world testing their theory about comedy and asking questions about what makes something funny.

news

The Daily Word in Atari, Netflix, Nike and DOJ hearings.

The Daily Word

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were arested at their home.

A woman died in a car crash while posting to Facebook.

Introducing the edible water bottle.

Donald Sterling made racist remarks.

They can turn off your brain with flashes of light.

A Nike employee sold rare sneakers on the black market.

When Netflix works again I will try Netflix Roulette.

The DOJ will hold the first of three public meetings on APD reform tonight.

They dug up the Atari mass grave.

Happy birthday, Jay Leno.

V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014

news

The Daily Word in APD protests, mudslides and how you got that dent in your lip.

The Daily Word

Mayor Berry held a press conference to address APD protests and concerns of excessive force.

Improper logging led to the Washington mudslide.

A baptism ceremony was swept out to sea.

Elton John is getting married.

The healthcare deadline is here.

Ronan Farrow faces ratings woes.

Learn the proper way to eat Tic Tacs.

You can actually sell your crappy CDs.

How much pee in a swimming pool could kill you?

Learn to flirt scientifically.

Psychedelic drugs can relieve despair in terminal patients.

Happy birthday, Christopher Walken.

V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Red blood cells
All images by David Goodsell

Art Magnified

Inside Information

The science of cells paints a pretty picture

The bedrock of discovery is observation. That’s where a scientific demiurge like Dr. David Goodsell comes in. He’s spent years translating the utterly tiny into the comprehensibly visual.
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V.23 No.5 | 1/30/2014
“42 Horse” by Ralph Greene

Culture Shock

A horse is a horse, of course

Culture Shock zooms you around the city creative to East Meets West, Testimonios de una Guerra and Roll, Drop, Bounce.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

Book Review

Deviant is the Norm

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

What’s sick, and what’s just human?
V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013
An octopus hides in the rocks in Welker Canyon.
[click to enlarge]
Images courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

Science

The Biggest Last Mystery on Earth

¡Viva la Science!

Wow. This is why we do science.
V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013
MRSA, could you be any worse-a?
prep4md via Flickr

Science

Infection Is a Real Pain in the Everything

¡Viva la Science!

Your brain makes some terrible decisions when it comes to infection-related pain.
V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
NASA

Science

Flipping Out Over the Sun’s Big Flip

¡Viva la Science!

Great news, you guys—the sun’s magnetic field flip probably won’t destroy the earth or anything.
V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013
Andréia via Flickr

Science

Ruled by Sun and Moon

¡Viva la Science!

Has science proven that we’re all just pawns of celestial balls of light?
V.22 No.31 | 8/1/2013
Dave_B_ via Flickr

Food

I’ll Take My Hot Sauce Unleaded, Thanks

¡Ay, no! A new study finds evidence that four chile-based hot sauces imported from Mexico may contain unsafe levels of lead.
V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013
Adila’s owner touches the cone for Adila to imitate.
Claudia Fugazza/Animal Cognition

Science

Your Dog Knows What You Did Last Summer

¡Viva la Science!

Canines may be paying more attention than we thought.
V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013
Photo by César Rincón

Science

The Problem With Being Made in May

¡Viva la Science!

We’ve known for decades that babies conceived at certain times of the year tend, on average, to be healthier than babies conceived at other times. But what the hell, right? Why should that be? By looking at the birth records for over 1.4 million children born in the 1990s and 2000s, two economists may have figured out how it happens.

Science deals with the big, messy soup of our world. Its eternal challenge lies in teasing out what’s truly connected from that which simply happens at the same time. Previous studies have shown the correlation between infants who are born in winter and a host of problems later in life, but no one knew why it was happening. Wintertime diseases? Higher winter pollution? It could’ve been almost anything. The questions were complicated by data showing that certain mothers, ones from a lower socioeconomic tier, are statistically more likely to have children with developmental and health problems. But they’re also more likely to give birth in the first half of the year. So what’s been causing what? To study the problem, scientists needed a way to control for things like a mother’s race, marital status and education level so they didn’t end up comparing apples to oranges.

Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt, economists out of Princeton University, came up with a solution. They looked only at mothers who had given birth to more than one child—over 600,000 of them. That way, when the differences in outcomes were measured, it had more to do with when the baby was born than the particular social conditions of the mother.

What they noticed was kind of startling. For babies conceived in May, the study found more than a 10-freaking-percent increase in premature births. The average gestation length is only about half a day shorter, but it still matters. Being born prematurely is linked to all kinds of problems, including a weaker immune system, neurodevelopmental complications and impaired vision or hearing.

Clearly, this sucks and we need to find the culprit. The study’s authors think we can most likely blame the seasonal flu, which really gets roaring in January and February, when May-conceived babies are born. The 2009-2010 flu season was particularly nasty, infecting more people than usual, and corresponded to a more dramatic dip in gestation times.

Plenty more work needs to be done to see if the common winter flu is really the reason for the premature births and therefore the reason for the generally worse outcomes of babies conceived in May. Right now, it’s just an association—the outcomes could actually be caused by some other seasonal disease or by climate or temperature, which this study wasn’t able to control for. But by looking at large samples of already-existing data, Currie and Schwandt have given other researchers a strong lead for their inquiries. And knowledge inches forward once more.

Sources: Medical Daily and Science Now

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