Monday, January 12, 2004  [!]
I read this article from the dead-trees edition of Scientific American: A year-old article proposing a new food pyramid, based on various n sundry research. It distinguishes between healthy and unhealthy sources of fats and carbohydrates:

FAT: yes, when vegetable oils is the source (olive, soy, canola)
sparingly: butter
No, no, no: Trans fat

Protein: Yes: Poultry, seafood, eggs (they're back!), Nuts, legumes.
Sparingly: red meat

Carbohydrates: In: Whole grain foods
Sparingly: Refined Carbohydrates: White Bread and Rice, pasta, Potatoes

Lowered: Dairy, Calcium supplement (1 serving per day for adults)

No change: Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables

Also: Alcohol in moderation unless you otherwise shouldn't

. . . .

Then, LA Times (sub req'd): The Amish Paradox. A very high-fat diet in a population with very low obesity. The reason? Heavy exercise (I'm shocked, shocked). Interesting tidbits: Amish chosen for this study because they're a population that allows a modern-day glimpse at what lief was like 150 years ago. No between-meal snacking. Amish communities with lessened exercise (woodworking instead of farming, for instance) had higher incidence of obesity.

1/12/04; 3:30:45 PM | Food | Discuss | # | |

The leak appears to be at the main window in the U.S.-built Destiny laboratory module. A flexible cable called a vacuum jumper, used to help equalize air pressure across the multipaned window, showed telltale signs of leakage where the hose entered a steel harness at the edge of the window.

1/12/04; 12:56:27 PM | Space | Discuss | # | |

The Mars ’98 missions, developed according to the so-called faster, better, cheaper philosophy championed by then-NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, had a combined budget of $328 million. Donna Shirley, who managed the Mars ’98 program but left NASA prior to the loss of the two spacecraft, said the effort was undermined by inadequate funding. The Mars ’98 spaceraft development budget was about half that of the successful Mars Pathfinder lander and Mars Global Surveyor orbiter missions, she said. “We ended up with about twice as many requirements, she said. “I tried to tell people over and over again that that wasn’t going to work.”

...“We had three variables to work with: schedule, performance and cost,” said David Lavery, Mars Exploration Rovers program director at NASA headquarters. “We made a conscious decision up front that because schedule and performance were unmovable and couldn’t change, if we had to relieve pressure during development, the only variable we could do anything about was cost.”

1/12/04; 12:44:46 PM | Space | Discuss | # | |

It's a personal FYI. Had no idea there were that many.

1/12/04; 11:28:34 AM | Weblog Software | Discuss | # | |

At New York's Kennedy airport today, an individual later discovered to be a public school teacher was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a setsquare, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Attorney general John Ashcroft said he believes the man is a member of the notorious al-gebra movement. He is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction. [Read More]

1/12/04; 10:05:10 AM | Giggles | Discuss | # | |