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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Another great summer movie

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New Mystic exhibit features the “Weird and Wonderful”

Opens Memorial Day Weekend
Dale Wolbrink, Mystic Aquarium

Weird & Wonderful - Opening May 27Something weird and wonderful will happen at Mystic Aquarium this Memorial Day Weekend. 

Beginning Friday, May 26, 2017, guests will be invited take a walk on the weird side of our watery world with Weird & Wonderful.  This exciting new exhibit showcases some of nature’s most bizarre and fascinating creatures.

Spanning more than 1,000 square feet and featuring several new exhibits and animals, guests will marvel at the unique features and adaptations of a diversity of aquatic animals.


The quest for the perfect tomato

Untangling the genetic legacy of tomato domestication
Cell Press

Tomatoes have come a long way from their origins as pea-sized berries due to humans breeding tomato plants to produce bigger fruit.

However, favorable mutations that went along with increased fruit size and other beneficial traits do not always play well together.

A study published in Cell on May 18 found that natural mutations in two important tomato genes that were selected for different purposes in breeding can cause extreme branching and reduce fruit yield when they occur in the same plant.

However, the researchers have found a way to use those genes to create an improved tomato plant that grows a larger number of tomatoes.

One of the two genes is ancient, dating back to when Native Americans in South and Central America domesticated the tomato plant more than 8,000 years ago.


How do you like these odds?

Nearly one in three drugs found to have safety concerns after FDA approval
Brigham and Women's Hospital

How often are safety concerns raised about a drug after it's been approved by the FDA?

Nicholas Downing, MD, of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and colleagues have found that for drugs approved between 2001 and 2010, nearly 1 in 3 had a postmarket safety event.

The team defines post-market safety events as those that lead to either withdrawal from the market due to safety concerns, a boxed warning or FDA issuance of a safety communication.

They found that of 222 novel therapeutics the FDA approved during this time period, three were withdrawn, 61 received boxed warnings and 59 elicited safety communications. The team's findings are published in JAMA.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ignorance in action


Image result for trump & climate change denialCourtesy of The Guardian:

During inauguration day on 20 January, as Donald Trump was adding “American carnage” to the presidential lexicon, the new administration also took a hammer to official recognition that climate change exists and poses a threat to the US. 

One of the starkest alterations to the White House’s website following Trump’s assumption of office was the scrapping of an entire section on climate change, stuffed with graphs on renewable energy growth and pictures of Barack Obama gazing at shriveling glaciers, to be replaced by a perfunctory page entitled “An America first energy plan”. 

In the more than 100 days since, the administration has largely opted for a chisel and scalpel approach to refashioning its online content, but the end result is much the same – mentions of climate change have been excised, buried or stripped of any importance. 

Federal government websites are being combed through to apply new verbiage. The state department’s office of global change, for example, has removed links to the Obama administration’s 2013 climate action report and mention of the latest UN meeting on climate change. Text relating to climate change and greenhouse gases has also been purged.


Of Human Bondage


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Upcoming Events


cocktails with whales
Bring your besties & grab your co-workers for an evening of beluga whales, live music and a cash bar.  
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Horshoe Crab Watch
Witness these "living fossils" gather during our new moon, night-time family Horseshoe Crab Watch.  
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Enjoy family fun hands-on activities, create a craft and learn about our precious Long Island Sound.   
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Memorial Day
Thank you for your service!  Present your active duty or veteran US Military ID to get in FREE.   
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Carnaval del sol
Fiesta y fabulosa! Summer begins with the color and pageantry of Hispanic cultures and traditions.
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Nature Play Mud Day
Join us for fun activities, crafts, or simply run around! Paint with it, make mud pies or just get muddy!
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Wow, no protests against Trump in Saudi Arabia. I wonder why?

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Tangible proof that Obamacare saves lives

More cancers diagnosed at early stage following increase in health insurance coverage
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Cancer is most curable when it’s detected at its earliest stages. An analysis of nearly 273,000 patients showed that between 2013 and 2014 there was a 1% increase in the percentage of breast, lung, and colorectal cancers diagnosed at the earliest, most treatable stage. 

Following full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this study is the first to explore changes in the proportion of cancers – those that can be detected through screening – diagnosed at stage I.

"Cancer is most curable when it's detected at its earliest stages. While it is much too soon to identify the specific cause of this positive trend, or determine whether it is sustainable and will improve outcomes, it is indeed a step in the right direction," said ASCO President-Elect Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO.

Tennessee business owner doesn’t want Trumpcare tax break

Don't Give Me A Tax Cut That Cuts Health Care for Others
By Stephen Prince 

Image result for trumpcareAbolishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the taxes that pay for it would save rich taxpayers like me a lot of money. But it would also endanger the health care of more than 30 million Americans. That's not a tradeoff I want to make -- and no one else should, either.

Long before the ACA required larger employers to offer our workers coverage or pay a penalty, I was already covering my employees. I could have saved millions of dollars over the years if I had left them uninsured.

But I believe health care is a basic human right.

That's the underlying philosophy of the ACA, too. Thanks to it, the number of uninsured in this country has fallen by more than a third, from almost 50 million seven years ago to around 30 million today. A quarter million Tennesseans have obtained coverage as a result of the ACA.

The ACA is paid for in large part through taxes targeted at wealthy households and on highly-profitable health care industries that benefit from more people having access to health coverage, like insurance and pharmaceuticals.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Then the dam broke

Top Watergate reporter remarks on the speed of RussiaGate events

Image result for russiagateAnd then the dam broke.

A flood is coming that will shape the future of our Republic in ways no one can predict.

Except that the speed with which this has all happened, just over a hundred days into President Donald Trump's dumpster fire of an administration, means it was all very predictable.

And no one who played a role in normalizing this President should be allowed to forget it.

We have news that the Department of Justice, under Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, will appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Russia interference scandal.

Apparently the President was only given a 30 minute heads up, and it came while he was interviewing new heads for the FBI. The Special Counsel will be former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

These types of investigations tend to stir up more dirt than anyone thought was there. We will see if that happens now.


What the hell is this about?

THIS IS REAL: Just when you thought Trump could not get weirder, there's this from his current overseas trip.

RI Jobs with Justice Annual Awards Dinner at the Biltmore, June 1