@sciencemag 02018/06/22 highlights

The report on “Rising bedrock may delay ice sheet collapse” summarizing the research “Observed rapid bedrock uplift in Amundsen Sea Embayment promotes ice-sheet stability” was really interesting – the role of isostatic rebound of the Earth’s crust is pretty amazing!  I learned all about it from Southeast Alaska but it makes sense as an issue in Antarctica.

The progress of the MeerKAT radio array and the implications for progress to the Square Kilmeter Array (SKA) is good to read about in “Observed rapid bedrock uplift in Amundsen Sea Embayment promotes ice-sheet stability“.  The SKA is an amazing effort by society for science (radio astronomy in this case).

The cover article on Aztec human sacrifices “Feeding the Gods” was interesting and morbid.  It reminded me of our visit to the catacombs in Paris.

The policy forum on “Combating deforestation: From satellite to intervention” was great but struck me as optimistic in this current time of the decline of U.S. scientific input to national policy and international engagement.  The piece calls for “on the policy side, institution building, along with related civil-society engagement … to facilitate effective action within complex government frameworks.”  I’m afraid we aren’t in a period of “institution building” – but hopefully we’ll survive this “creative destruction” (I’m not sure how creative it is…)

And finally, for some good, hardcore, physics nerding – “A precise extragalactic test of General Relativity.”  Always good to confirm GR outside our galaxy on the kiloparsec scale!

@NYTimes obits: 80 males, 36 females

Today, July 1, there were 1 male and 1 female featured obituaries in the New York Times. Since I started tracking it here, that is 80 males featured and 36 females featured.

(I started tracking the obits here on May 14, but I’ve missed days when on travel. This is the New Mexico version of the NYT – I don’t know if the obits published vary by region.)

@NYTimes obits: 79 males, 35 females

Today, June 29, there were 1 male and 0 female featured obituaries in the New York Times. Since I started tracking it here, that is 79 males featured and 35 females featured.

(I started tracking the obits here on May 14, but I’ve missed days when on travel. This is the New Mexico version of the NYT – I don’t know if the obits published vary by region.)

@NYTimes obits: 78 males, 33 females

Today, June 27, there were 2 male and 2 female featured obituaries in the New York Times. Since I started tracking it here, that is 78 males featured and 33 females featured.

(I started tracking the obits here on May 14, but I’ve missed days when on travel. This is the New Mexico version of the NYT – I don’t know if the obits published vary by region.)

@NYTimes obits: 71 males, 30 females

Today, June 25, there were 3 male and 2 female featured obituaries in the New York Times. Since I started tracking it here, that is 71 males featured and 30 females featured.

(I started tracking the obits here on May 14, but I’ve missed days when on travel. This is the New Mexico version of the NYT – I don’t know if the obits published vary by region.)

@NYTimes obits: 68 males, 28 females

Today, June 24, there were 1 male and 2 female featured obituaries in the New York Times. Since I started tracking it here, that is 68 males featured and 28 females featured.

(I started tracking the obits here on May 14, but I’ve missed days when on travel. This is the New Mexico version of the NYT – I don’t know if the obits published vary by region.)