The marking-meeting marathon that is the end of semester is nearly over so I’m hoping to write some actual real live blog posts sometime soon. Until then, here are some links for interesting reading.
Via Kristin Alford on twitter, an interesting article on the psychology of visible pollution, or why the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is regarded as worse than the daily emission of invisible, odourless carbon dioxide.
Again from Kristin, a horrifying essay on gendercide. More girls killed have been killed in the last 50 years simply for being female than men in all the battles of the 20th century. This essay addresses issues of gender selective abortions responding to cultural preferences for sons, infanticide of female children and the idea that globilization and the increasing status of women in certain cultures may be exacerbating rather than alleviating the problem.
A new blogger on the block, SolarSaddle (aka Andrea Sellar) had a nice post about lectures full of spectacular chemistry demonstrations – they may inspire, but often lack content and a message beyond the flash bank. H/T @alomshaha
Hypocentre had a thought provoking post up about Geology teachers in England. Never heard of a Geology teacher in a high school? With only two universities in the country training them and one of them closing its provision, thats not surprising.
That’s all for this week!