Daily Archives: September 9, 2014

Bacterial communities associated with colored water

Wu HT, Mi ZL, Zhang JX, Chen C, Xie SG. Bacterial communities associated with an occurrence of colored water in an urban drinking water distribution system. Biomed Environ Sci. 2014 Aug;27(8):646-50. doi: 10.3967/bes2014.099.

This study aimed to investigate bacterial community in an urban drinking water distribution system (DWDS) during an occurrence of colored water. Variation in the bacterial community diversity and structure was observed among the different waters, with the predominance of Proteobacteria. While Verrucomicrobia was also a major phylum group in colored water. Limnobacter was the major genus group in colored water, but Undibacterium predominated in normal tap water. The coexistence of Limnobacter as well as Sediminibacterium and Aquabacterium might contribute to the formation of colored water.

Click here for full paper (Open Access).


This is What the Start of a Pandemic Looks Like. Does Lack of Affordable Energy Contribute to the Spread of Disease?

Absolutely. We simply deceive ourselves if we were to believe otherwise.

“Until this year’s epidemic, Ebola did not exist in West Africa. Now with nearly 2,300 people dead from the virus, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, scientists still don’t fully understand how Ebola arrived from Central Africa, where outbreaks of this strain of the virus had occurred in the past.” click here


Ebola returns to Guinea

“Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.” click here

Fraud, Bias and Public Relations – the 97% ‘consensus and its critics

From page 3:

“1 Summary
Recent reports that 97% of published scientific papers support the so-called consensus on man-made global warming are based on a paper by John Cook et al.1 Precisely what consensus is allegedly being supported in these papers cannot be discerned from the text of the paper. An analysis of the methodology used by Cook et al. shows that the consensus referred to is trivial:

• that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas
• that human activities have warmed the planet to some unspecified extent.

Almost everybody involved in the climate debate, including the majority of sceptics, accepts these propositions, so little can be learned from the Cook et al. paper. Numerous critiques of the paper have been published, some by supporters of mainstream views on climate science. These have demonstrated substantial biases in the methodology. Cook has certainly misrepresented what his research shows. More importantly, one researcher has made an allegation of scientific fraud, at this point unrebutted by Cook and his colleagues.”

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