this week in Tremendous – #3

05/12/2014
A RECURRING SERIES OF BULLETS WHERE I GATHER BITS OF TREMENDOUS THAT HAVE CROSSED MY PATH. THE TERM ‘WEEK’ WILL BE USED LIBERALLY AND INCORRECTLY.

While circulating blood glucose is one likely mechanism that affects sex ratios in response to the environment, it is probably not the only one. A growing literature shows that stressful events like natural disasters and political upheavals also affect sex ratios, even in humans. Florencia Torche, for example, found that exposure to an earthquake in Chile during the third month of pregnancy led to a reduction in the number of males born.

Those who steal movies appear to be of an entirely different strain of data marauders, separate from their music-nabbing counterparts. According to the research, which was published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, movie pirates tend to be “less likely to stop paying for movies in addition to stealing them.”

Floyd Romesberg, a chemist at Scripps who led the study, told the New York Times that adding letters to the genetic code will allow researchers to “write more words and tell more stories.” But creating “new words” — new life forms and never before seen proteins — is bound to ruffle a few feathers.

It’s hard to be a lover when the TV’s on and there’s nothing in your eyes.

Almost everything is everything else.