Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentiousCalifornia bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.
Brown, a Democrat, issued a signing statement just one day after lawmakers sent him the bill to strike California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The bill takes effect next year.
“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”
California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict requirements.
Last week, the sun produced 3 different solar storms, level G4 (severe), that all combined and crashed into Earth’s atmosphere. This geomagnetic storm had some negative consequences for electricity supplies, but the images captured both on land and from space are STUNNING. Check them out!
The Northern Lights put on a gorgeous show near Duck Lake, Mont., early Monday morning. (Phillip Granrud via spaceweather.com)
The sunspot AR2371 is behind Monday’s geomagnetic storm activity. (NASA/SDO)
I had an awesome week at UCLA for the GSA’s 2015 C. elegans International Meeting, hence so few posts recently. There was amazing science, including terrific talks and workshops (and my poster… obviously), AND the worm community knows how to have tons of fun!! Check out some of the live tweeting from the conference here – #worm15. The worm art show and variety show also highlight the creativity of worm scientists!! And, seeing Nobel Laureate and keynote speaker Craig Mello dance with a worm was certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
We apologize for the long break in CauseScience Friday, but we are bringing it BACK!
psgurel- Today I’m finishing up a cryo electron microscopy session (similar to what I’ve done before) trying to collect images of actin filaments decorated with a motor protein called myosin (you may have heard about actin and myosin before because of their role in muscle contraction)! A big part of this structural technique is to collect several images in order to get high resolution reconstructions of what you’re looking at – the problem: once you start imaging, you basically can’t stop (or else your sample will be ruined), so that means loooong hours on the microscope. On the left is a snapchat of myself looking very chipper last night, on the right is a raw image of actin with myosin, scale bar in nanometers!
crestwind24- Today I am finishing up some experiments before I leave for the 2015 C. elegans International Meeting in Los Angeles next week. I have sent my poster for printing and I am putting together my itinerary for the conference!! I will be tweeting some cool things from the meeting, so check out @CauseScience1 or #Worm15. My picture this week is of some signs that appeared in my lab following the Tim Hunt controversy – Caution mixed gender lab. The signs were put up by an awesome grad student in the lab. #distractinglysexy
Religion and science… in harmony? The Pope and the Vatican have taken a stand with scientists against climate change. The encyclical released today will hopefully have huge impacts on the discussion surrounding climate change, but at the very least will make climate change a major topic of discussion in politics and religion. The church’s stand is already causing tension in US politics, with anti-science Republicans chastising the Pope for his stance. While the Pope and Catholic Church have a history of supporting the science of man-made climate change, this makes climate change a part of the church’s official teaching. Very exciting times! And who thought religion, especially the Catholic Church, would be fighting alongside scientists??
Lots of commentary about this news all over the internet, here are a bunch from The Conversation!!
Out drinking with a few biologists, Jad finds out about something called CRISPR. No, it’s not a robot or the latest dating app, it’s a method for genetic manipulation that is rewriting the way we change DNA. Scientists say they’ll someday be able to use CRISPR to fight cancer and maybe even bring animals back from the dead. Or, pretty much do whatever you want. Jad and Robert delve into how CRISPR does what it does, and consider whether we should be worried about a future full of flying pigs, or the simple fact that scientists have now used CRISPR to tweak the genes of human embryos.
Turns out if you want to find out where the water is on Earth, gravity can help. Specifically, if you want to find out where water is below the Earth’s surface, satellites can use the force of gravity to figure that out… from space. Which is SO COOL.
If you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, be a scientist. this stuff is so cool.
-Rachel Maddow introducing new studies about NASA research about water aquifers.
Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks with Rachel Maddow about new research using satellites to detect underground water around the world and finding startling deficiencies in the global water supply.