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  • The Quiet Chernobyl: NASA Releases Shocking Pictures Of The Loss Of The Aral Sea

    The Quiet Chernobyl: NASA Releases Shocking Pictures Of The Loss Of The Aral Sea 1, October 1, 2014 by jonathanturley These pictures from NASA are being called “the quiet Chernobyl.” It is the Aral Sea as seen in 2000 and as seen this year. The massive decline of water levels is particularly evidence from the black line showing the shoreline in the 1960s.

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  • Scientists Reveal Hidden Portraits Within Renowned Da Vinci Painting

    Scientists Reveal Hidden Portraits Within Renowned Da Vinci Painting 1, October 11, 2014 by Darren Smith Submitted by Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor A French engineer has revealed two portraits beneath one of polymath Leonardo Da Vinci’s great works known in the English art world as “The Lady with an Ermine.

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    • Okay, Somebody Did Survive Being Sucked Into a Jet Engine

      Folks, I am sticking by my conclusion that the medical profession really does not need a billing code to indicate a second office visit by a patient whose complaint is that he was sucked into a jet engine. See "Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (Subsequent Encounter)" (Oct. 3, 2014). But after several emails, a little research, and watching the clip below a couple o ...
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    • Walrus

      This extraordinary picture from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has many scientists worried as the latest sign of climate change. These are estimated 35,000 pacific walrus ashore on a beach in north-west Alaska. As mammals, walrus cannot swim indefinitely so they use their tusks to “haul out,” or pull themselves onto an ice floe or rocks.
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    • The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes

      … — the Italian government's National Institute of Statistics, for proudly taking the lead in fulfilling the European Union mandate for each country to increase the official size of its national economy by including revenues from prostitution, illegal drug sales, smuggling, and all other unlawful financial transactions between willing participants…

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    • Okay, Somebody Did Survive Being Sucked Into a Jet Engine

      … Folks, I am sticking by my conclusion that the medical profession really does not need a billing code to indicate a second office visit by a patient whose complaint is that he was sucked into a jet engine. See "Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (Subsequent Encounter)" (Oct. 3, 2014). But after several emails, a little research…

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    • Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (for Second Time)

      … According to this report (thanks, Elisa), a doctors' group in Alabama is protesting the not-yet-implemented ICD-10 medical-coding system by ridiculing it, an approach that I certainly endorse. See, e.g., "Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck by Turtle," Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13, 2011) (citing the WSJ). Given that the new system uses over 140,000 codes…

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    • Walrus

      … is that depths at that location exceeds two miles — a depth that walrus cannot dive to the bottom. The World Wildlife Fund’s head of Arctic programs Margaret Williams says that the gathering show extreme environmental changes occurring wit the loss of sea ice. The comparison is with the plight of polar bears in the changing Arctic. Source: Independent Like this: Like Loading... Posted in Academics, Animals, Environment, Science | Leave a Comment …

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    • NASA: Ozone Layer Shows Signs Of Recovery

      …-latitudes to return to relatively healthy 1980s conditions. Around the Antarctic, where the ozone layer is the most damaged, it will take until 2075. However, humans actually made a sacrifice and produced a beneficial result for their planet. Now that is worth celebrating. Source: Washington Post Like this: Like Loading... Posted in International, Politics, Science, Society | Leave a Comment …

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    • Axes, Giant and Otherwise

      …Randall Munroe's "what if?" project is going to be a zillion-selling book in September and as you probably know, his xkcd webcomic is all kinds of awesome. So it was very cool to see Lowering the Bar show up in today's "what if?" post. His what if? question today derives from a nursery rhyme that starts "If all the seas were one sea, what a great…

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