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Sara Anderson
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Attended University of Idaho
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I'm going to document the neat stuff I see when I go outside.  Follow my observtions on Twitter with the tag #baynaturalist  
Sometimes, a molecular biologist has a lot of time on her hands, and she wants to explore a new environment.  I moved to the San Fransciso bay area a year ago, and love an excuse to get outside and see what this biome has to ...
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So I was going to look up people complaining about how ablist Better Call Saul is in its portayal of Chuck's EMF sensitivity.  Then I realized that people who consider themselves sensitive to electromagnetic radiation probably don't write blogs.  
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I see what you did there :P.

But in taking this way too seriously: I bet they still do write blogs.  Some of them swear how much bluetooth reduces their pain in using their cell phones when they actually get increased exposure to EM waves from the phone in their pocket + the extra bluetooth waves.  I don't see why they couldn't justify some other use of electronics in addition.

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A plum tree just outside my window is annoying in the fall, but this is great in the spring.  
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Who let her title this Ghettoside and not Ghettocide?  This book sounds fascinating.  
Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy reflects on the history of homicide in the U.S. and how it disproportionately affects African American communities in "Ghettoside."
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I've decided to turn a corner on things, and stop being such a layabout.  In accordance, I am going to post something at least once a week.  Here's what's been on my mind: Infant bones will straighten themselves out as they heal .   A new chemical bond has ...
I've decided to turn a corner on things, and stop being such a layabout.  In accordance, I am going to post something at least once a week.  Here's what's been on my mind: Infant bones will straighten themselves out as the...
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I always thought it was weird when coal miners claimed that they were the ones disregarding safety rules and not using equipment by their own judgment, not under the orders of supervisors requiring unsafe work practices to help the bottom line.  But in this article, it says, 

Coal workers are supposed to be offered masks to wear, Smiddy said, but “for a 12-hour shift in a coal mine, there's almost nobody who can wear a mask. They say, ‘It's heavy on my face, I can't breathe with it on.’”

That got me to thinking about how many news stories I ran into this summer about the difficulty of dealing with PPE in the ebola outbreak, and how no one says, "The gowns were just too uncomfortable, so we just took them off."  In fact, I spent a lot of time last summer wondering at how people seemed to be transmitting ebola so easily.  I've used BSL 3 PPE in a relatively low-pressure environment and it didn't strike me as a particularly big deal.  Ebola is the next step up, but it still seemed like people who should know better were getting sick all the time.  

Then again, from the sounds of it, health workers were doing their work without the aid of gowns and masks quite a lot as the outbreak spun up.  I'd really love to hear from someone who's been there about how that comes to pass, and whether it rests on ignorance or a mixture of carelessness and bravery.  I wonder what the difference is between health care workers and their PPE, and coal miners and theirs.  Ebola kills you quicker than black lung, but still.  

Even if this tangential thought isn't all that interesting to you, read this article.  It does a good job of showing the intersections between poverty and disability and how our country's safety net isn't constructed in a way that can quite handle those complications.   
I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least-healthy, both in the same state. Here’s what I learned about work, well-being, and happiness.
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If workers choose danger over protective gear, the appropriate topic for discussion is the protective gear. It's just like in any design area. If users don't use your design, your design is flawed. Or they're stupid. But it's always a good bet it's bad design.
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I had bad reception today at the Monterey Bay Aquarium when this question came up.  
squid, invertebrates, hearing, sound, statocysts, statolith, cochlea, sound wave, pressure, seafood
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I tried to get some video of twitterpated egrets but the wind noise overpowers their silly call.
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Adding kids into political stuff usually makes me queasy, but this is cute.  
"Because of Them, We Can" is an adorable photo project that highlights some of the most influential and often overlooked figures of women's history.
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Our waiter looks precisely like this picture. It's nigh-photographic.
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  • being a human
    2009 - present
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Mountain View, CA 94040
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Boise, ID 83712
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de facto housewife, scientist at heart
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Idaho Democrat with a little bit of hope yet, Troy's Junior Miss 1999. I get to feed giraffes and a sloth bear.
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  • University of Idaho
    molecular biology and biochemistry, 2001 - 2004
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