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The Mojave River in Helendale, California, December 23, 2010; the day after a major rain storm. Much of the time, the Mojave River is bone dry. This is dramatically different.

Video from the bridge where Vista Road crosses the river.

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This stretch of the Mojave River is commonly bone dry much of the year.  Today, after the storm, the change is dramatic.

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from The New York Times

One day Kathy Ceceri noticed a tick on her arm and started to worry that it was the kind that carried Lyme disease. So she went to her home lab, put the tiny arachnid under her microscope, which is connected to her computer through a U.S.B. cable, and studied the image.

“It was,” she said. “Then of course I Googled what to do when you’ve been bitten by a deer tick.”

Ms. Ceceri’s microscope, a Digital Blue QX5, is one of several pieces of scientific equipment that make up her home lab, which she has set up on her dining room table in Schuylerville, N.Y. Home labs like hers are becoming more feasible as the scientific devices that stock them become more computerized, cheaper and easier to use…

more at The New York Times

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Justice Scalia and the Tea Party

Editorial – NYT

When the Tea Party holds its first Conservative Constitutional Seminar next month, Justice Antonin Scalia is set to be the speaker. It was a bad idea for him to accept this invitation. He should send his regrets…

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Justice Scalia and the Tea Party

Editorial – NYT

“When the Tea Party holds its first Conservative Constitutional Seminar next month, Justice Antonin Scalia is set to be the speaker. It was a bad idea for him to accept this invitation. He should send his regrets…”

- James -

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