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#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Contagious Yawning, Ancient Bacteria, Electric Grid, Fossil amoebae, and more.

- Jason G. Goldman - Contagious Yawning: Evidence of Empathy? - S.E. Gould - Ancient Bacteria – the saga continues - Dawn Santoianni - The Backbone of the Electric System: A Legacy of Coal and the Challenge of Renewables - David Wogan - Approaching “Wall-E” with Honda’s Uni-Cub personal mobility device - Nicole Matthews - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: The Ordot Dump and Layon Landfill - Charles Q...

STAFFMay 17, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Job Killer? Try Bottom Line Booster: Workplace Safety Inspections Save Money, Jobs, Limbs

Costly safety upgrades, nitpicky government inspection and resulting fines are often blamed as being bad for business. But a new study shows that when government job-safety inspectors make a surprise visit, they actually enable companies to save money—and jobs—for years to come.Occupational safety has improved immensely over the decades, but in industries with traditionally high injury rates, such as manufacturing, lumber or food processing, work is still dangerous, putting employees at risk and leaving employers vulnerable to expensive accidents...

May 17, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: The Ordot Dump and Layon Landfill

By Nicole MatthewsSolid waste disposal is a major environmental issue faced by countries around the world. For small islands such as Guam the problems that come with solid waste disposal are especially demanding due to the limited amount of space available and the close proximity to bodies of water that flow into the ocean.One dumpsite that has been a consistent source of pollution is the Ordot Dump...

May 17, 2012 — Jim Haw

Soot May Help Shift Tropics North

Soot may be responsible for the tropics expanding north, according to an analysis involving multiple computer models of the climate. By absorbing sunlight and trapping extra heat in the atmosphere, the tiny, black particles may be helping the poleward march of tropical conditions.The research will be published in Nature on May 17...

May 16, 2012 — David Biello

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