SEATTLE--The worst of Australia’s most recent bout of raging fires may be drawing to a tentative close, but the long-term effects may be just beginning, experts say. As wildfires increase in prevalence and severity with each year, scientists are pouring more time and research into the effects the billowing clouds of smoke may have on human health. Three experts from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Forest Service, and the University of California, Davis discussed some of these public health consequences here today in a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which publishes Science. Here are some of the take-homes: … [Read more...] about What we don’t know about wildfire smoke is likely hurting us
"Here, there can be no recommendation at all," Wintemute wrote. But he doesn't blame Fleegler and his colleagues, who did the research without any funding. The researchers "did well with the data available to them," but were limited by the years-long freeze in gun violence research enacted by Congress in the 1990s, which forbids the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from funding research that could be used to promote gun control. … [Read more...] about Do Gun Laws Really Prevent Deaths? New Study Dissected
Though these transactions are banned by federal law, most of the straw purchases Wintemute saw were “out in the open, with no evidence that buyer or seller felt the need to hide their conduct,” he said. “So I infer from that that there’s no substantial effort to enforce [the federal law banning straw purchases] at gun shows.” … [Read more...] about Gun Show Regulations Work, Study Finds
Republicans didn't immediately adopt the opposite position of favoring limited government. "Instead, for a couple of decades, both parties are promising an augmented federal government devoted in various ways to the cause of social justice," Rauchway wrote in a 2010 blog post for the Chronicles of Higher Education. Only gradually did Republican rhetoric drift to the counterarguments. The party's small-government platform cemented in the 1930s with its heated opposition to the New Deal. … [Read more...] about Why Did the Democratic and Republican Parties Switch Platforms?
These large animals mate around August of every year. The males tend to fight and bellow for the choice females, but research shows that females may prefer the quieter males. "We were expecting to find that the bigger, stronger guys — the high-quality males — would have the loudest bellows, because they can handle the costs of it," said Megan Wyman, a graduate student in geography at University of California, Davis and the lead author of the study. "But instead, we found the opposite." … [Read more...] about Facts About Bison