Science & Society


With swine flu topping the agenda of business around the world, global risks specialist, Maplecroft has released three new maps and indices revealing the countries most at risk from an influenza pandemic.


The Influenza Pandemic Risk Index (IPRI) consists of three categories: Risk of Emergence, Risk of Spread and Capacity to Contain. Each index generates a list of countries most at risk and that require a tailored policy response on the part of government and business. Maplecroft's research focuses on global risks to business.


The map of Risk of Spread shows the United Kingdom most at risk to the spread of an influenza pandemic, ranking number 1 out of 213 countries.


Autogynephilia: The love of one's self as a woman.  As used by psychologist and sexologist Ray Blanchard autogynephilia is a male's sexual attraction to the idea or image of their feminized self. 
A disease spread simulation has emphasized that flu interventions must be imposed quickly, if they are to be effective. Researchers writing in BMC Public Health have shown that staying at home, closing schools and isolating infected people within the home should reduce infection, but only if they are used in combination, activated without delay and maintained for a relatively long period.

Our Society is a civilized society and we proudly say so. Living in a civilized society and calling ourselves as civilized people, we really need to behave that we are civilized in the true sense of the word. We love and care about our family members, friends, co-workers, talk highly about human right issues, injustices against minority nations by giant countries and the list goes on. But the test of our morals is that being humans are we only concerned about the human sufferings? What about the products that we daily use, have been created through the torment and suffering of defenseless, innocent animals?

The record numbers of young people who took part in last year's presidential election, along with high schools' raised expectations that students participate in community service, have led to growing research on teens' civic beliefs and behavior.

A new study finds that most young people consider civic activity to be obligatory, but their judgments and justifications about different types of civic involvement vary by gender and a variety of other factors.
How many numbers should you include in an article? This is debatable, depending on the subject matter and audience. But using too many numbers will lose a reader.

Read this story from the Christian Science Monitor. Interesting story and issue - the Pew Forum on Relgion&Public Life released its "Faith in Flux" survey today, and there's a whole lot of moving and shaking going on.1
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I'm not sure it's technically live blogging if I am live blogging a recording, but who cares.  On CBS's The Early Show (you can tell my watching experience this week made quite an impression) Julie Chen interviewed medium Concetta Bertoldi.  Bertoldi comes across as New Jersey's answer to Sylvia Browne, completely with the raspy Sharon Glass smoker's voice.


Myomancy was a method of divination by mice. Their behaviour was observed and taken as a omen of what was to come. If their movements were calm, aggitated or aggressive, much was read into it.  Modern scientists study the movements of mice more than the ancient myomancers did, but for ends that are not dissimilar.
If you are even a teensy little bit into reason and rationality, then you are likely to wince every time you open a newspaper, surf the web or watch television. The wince of the week definitely came from an interview that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos conducted with G.O.P. House opposition leader John Boehner.