Positive for Gram Positive?

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Way, way back in 1928, Arthur Fleming, who was working at St. Mary’s Hospital, found a contaminant amongst his petri dishes laden with Staphylococcus aureus. It’s not unusual for microbial petri dishes to be contaminated- and we continually strive to improve our practices to insure this is not the case.  (It certainly was more prevalent in the past.)

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Power Plants and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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Coal is still king? Well, the US certainly has an abundance of coal. And, a slew of power plants around the world are still running on coal. (Admittedly, many of them are in China.)

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Overreach?

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Most of you have no clue about these distances I will discuss today.  (That’s why I have a map below.) But, when I was little- around 6- I rode my bike from my house in Forest City to Lee’s Hobby Shop in East Meadow. So, I could buy chemicals for my basement lab. (No, we are NOT going to talk about what happened to my chem lab- or me- or my parent’s house, either. At least not today.) A distance of about 3 ½ miles. Only about ½ mile on really major highways.

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Goldilocks makes decisions for the IRS now?

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As I have recently written, the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) is not currently enforcing the rules about executive pay reporting.  This, despite the fact that most public companies pay excessive salaries to their executives. And, the IRS rarely challenges the pay that these public companies afford their bloated executive ranks.

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Amaze Yourself!

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When you’re young, you think you can change the world.  As you get older, you realize that you can’t do that, but you’re still convinced that you can change the town in which you live. Then, there reaches a point where you realize you can’t do that either. But you’re still sure that you can change your family. Finally, you become aware that the most you can do is change yourself.”

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Is it safe yet?

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Way back when I went to college (no, the dinosaurs were not roaming the earth then), a standard BS (that’s a Bachelor of Science, folks) in chemical engineering demanded the completion of 144 credits. Given that this is a technical program- and three hours labs only yielded 1 credit- plus there were  14 lab courses to be completed), it meant some 2580 hours of instruction. Part of that curriculum included two courses in aeronautical engineering.

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STEM at Sea

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Teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to younger students is still not doing too well. Oh, we’re teaching it- but the kids aren’t really learning it as well as they should. (I’ve written about this plenty. Here’s but one example.)

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Starve a fever, feed a cold…

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I always find it amazing how some folks want us to believe there’s a fiscal multiplier- but only if you cut revenue. (That means letting certain [rich] folks pay no taxes.) They just tried that in Kansas- and any sentient being can recognize that disaster.

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More on that water-energy nexus. It’s really tight in CA

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Way, way back. Back when we seemed to care about our infrastructure, we promised that we would have swimmable and drinkable water all over this country. A good portion of that promise relied on waste water reuse and desalination plants.

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3D Bioprinting

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I haven’t written about 3D printing in a while. It’s not because nothing is going on in that arena. After all, HP announced that it will be offering a consumer 3D printer this year. (It is 2015 by now.) It’s because I have been involved in a slew of other projects and have lost touch with the groups continuing to work in this field.

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