Kristen Sparrow • December 11, 2011
This article was a plea from a computer scientist at UCB for more computer experts to get involved in the “war on cancer.” And, indeed, in such a multifactorial, huge medical health issue, the more help the better. In the last week there was also this article outlining an online website to raise funds for cancer research: a highly laudable effort, also.
In the same bout of newspaper reading, there is this article exploring the increasing dust in the American west and its effect on snow melt (it increases it.) Some of the reasons posited for the increase in dust (which has lead to high asthma rates) is global warming and off road vehicle use.
And this article looking at the risky but lucrative practice of deep sea drilling off the coast of Brazil. “”We see big slicks of oil, fish that have changed colors,” he said.”
And this article examining the ground water pollution resulting from the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. “”Fracking poses serious threats to safe drinking water… Last year, Wyoming became one of the first states to require oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in fracking. Colorado regulators are considering doing the same.”