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A Mitosis Mystery Solved: How Chromosomes Align Perfectly in a Dividing Cell. via Science Daily.

Should You Drink Bottled Water (and other questions for Charles Fishman), by Dan Pink.

‘Mountain Lion’ Spotted at UConn Health Center More Likely a Bobcat, via New Canaan Patch.

Rising Ocean Acidity Worst for Caribbean and Pacific, via ENN.com.

World’s Biggest Offshore Windfarm Officially Connected to the Grid, via ENN.com.

We Can See You” Display Deters Bee-botherers, via Nature News Blog.

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Biology Labs for Valentine’s Day! from Science Stuff blog.

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Brown Pelicans, covered in oil from BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, huddle together in a cage at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Buras, Louisiana June 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Lee Celano)

I’m hesitant to say anything positive about the recent developments in the Gulf.  I wouldn’t take BP’s word on anything, and it’s about time that they’ve made some progress in stopping the flow.  An article in today’s NY Times “With Well Shut for 2 Days, BP Sees No Signs of Damage” by Henry Fountain seems cautiously optimistic.

But the most significant thing in Fountain’s article, I think, is this [my emphasis]:

With the valves closed, oil has stopped gushing into the gulf for the first time since the disaster began with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20.

Also from the article, “The flow rate is estimated at 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil per day,” which is mind-numbing.

Yesterday’s “After Much Bad News, Wary Acceptance of Good” by Susan Saulny seems more in line with my attitude.

These aerial photos from the TED Blog were taken a whole month ago, and it was depressing enough then.  More recently, some folks put together an independently organized TED event, TedxOilSpill, which brought together experts in policy, ecology, economics to discuss the problem along with possible solutions.

The ecological effects of this catastrophe will be felt for years to come, and the toll so far has been staggering.  Lynn Hermann from Digital Journal also reports that estimates of oil-covered birds may be much larger than reported totals. The particular example from the article points to a colony of Brown pelicans nesting on Raccoon Island off the coast of Louisiana.  For more information, see this collection of photos and article from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology “Louisiana Report: Oiled Mangroves and the Birds Within,” by Hugh Powell.

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