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Prenatal vitamins may help reduce the rate of autism
Posted on 14 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Genetics appear to play an important role in autism. See, for example, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18414403 . Yet, a number of alternative theories exist (most lacking in evidence) that purport to explain the origin of autism. For example, viral... Read More

Rivers are discovered in the atmosphere, and they can convey a lot of water
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As I look out the window and once again view the downpours that have impacted California for months, it seems appropriate to describe one of the more interesting discoveries of the last decade, rivers in the atmosphere. Think of it as the "Pineapple... Read More

Prenatal vitamins may help reduce the rate of autism
Posted on 14 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Genetics appear to play an important role in autism. See, for example, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18414403 . Yet, a number of alternative theories exist (most lacking in evidence) that purport to explain the origin of autism. For example, viral... Read More

What killed off much of the explosion of life following the Cambrian "explosion"?
Posted on 5 Feb 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have discussed the Cambrian explosion, and noted the evidence suggesting that it was a more gradual process than stereotypically described. However, there has been little solid evidence to explain why, following this alleged burst of complex... Read More

Pets can transmit salmonella bacteria
Posted on 27 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As many prior posts have noted, the key issue in toxic tort litigation is causation. With sloppy practices seeming to occur with fair regularity in the food industry, there has been an assumption that most sources of salmonella to which individuals... Read More

What is the source of the oceans' production of N2O, a potent GHG?
Posted on 7 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The oceans emit an estimated 30% of the nitrous oxide (N2O) entering the atmosphere. Nitrous oxide gives rise to NO (nitric oxide) when it reacts with oxygen atoms, and this NO in turn reacts with ozone. As a result, N2O is the main naturally occurring... Read More