Peregrine falcon chicks on top of NYC bridges get bands! Video!!

Baby peregrine falcons on top of NYC bridges!!

Meet the city’s cutest future predators! Twelve falcons have been born at the Verrazano Narrows, Marine Parkway and Throgs Neck bridges, and the MTA has shared these great photos and video of them.

MTA Video Release: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Peregrine Falcon Banding – 6/2/2015

CauseScience weekly roundup of science news and goings on!!

This week was busier than usual and CauseScience didn’t get to post all of the awesome science-y things we wanted to. Here is a roundup of cool science news and happenings to check out!

The NIH has awarded $31 million to enhance diversity amongst biomedical researchers!

President Obama’s moratorium on controversial research about certain viruses is stopping some scientists research in its tracks.

A video in the world’s largest vacuum chamber confirms that a feather and bowling ball will fall at the same rate.

New study finds that the urban legend that NYC has 1 rat per person is wrong. It’s actually more like 1 rat for every 4 people.

Citizen science contributed to a groundbreaking air quality study published this week!

While GMO labeling measures in Colorado and Oregon failed at the polls, apparently Bill Nye is still on the fence about GMO‘s.

Body Horrors blog posted a great piece on the history of miners and their unknown nemesis… the hookworm.

Can you tell when New Yorkers are slacking off based on twitter?? (gif: Carl Engelking)?


ScienceCareers posted an terrific article about Postdocs ‘speaking up’ for themselves featuring findings from the ‘Future of Research Symposium

Young student scientists are doing their part to help fight Ebola!‘s Absurd Creature of the Week is a beautiful sea slug with a secret weapon!

NPR fills us in on what the election results will mean for Environmental Policy.

MORE SCIENCE. LESS FEAR! – Sloan Kettering ad campaign should take over as a meme #mynewmantra


Over the weekend I rode on a NYC subway train with ads that are THE BEST THING EVER. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC had ads all over the train with different statements about treating cancer (see above), plus the slogan ‘More Science. Less Fear.’ While the Sloan Kettering ads are obviously focusing this slogan on scientific research for cancer treatment, I think this slogan should be applied much more broadly. Can we make it a viral meme?

Does ebola have you scared? More Science. Less Fear!

Worried about climate change? More Science. Less Fear!

etc etc etc.

The first #Ebola case in Mali is much more unsettling than the #Ebola case in New York City


The total number cases of Ebola in the USA is currently at 9, with only 2 of those being transmitted within the country. The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is somewhere around 10,000! The World Health Organization has reported the first Ebola case in the West African country of Mali. While most of NYC is currently suffering from fear-bola (due to the latest ebola case in an NYC doctor), the spread of the ebola virus to Mali is much more unsettling. It signals the continued spread of the outbreak within and to countries much less equipped to handle the virus than the United States. The US health system has proven quite resilient, with only 2 transmitted cases amongst the many contacts and healthcare workers that could have had potential exposure to the virus. Hopefully this will continue with increased contact tracing, monitoring, and awareness. I also hope that the case in Mali is isolated and does not spread, but it should serve as yet another warning that until the outbreak in West Africa is handled, more ebola cases will continue to crop up around the globe.

This Sunday is the People’s Climate March! The Debate Is Over – CauseScience


This Sunday is the People’s Climate March in NYC, which leads into the United Nations Climate Summit and the sixth annual Climate Week NYC, September 22-28! See the previous post from CauseScience. The March begins at 11:30 am, starting north of Columbus Circle, then looping through midtown (map of march route below).

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board. Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.

The March is organized according to the lineup theme:

The Lineup – Telling the Story of Today’s Climate Movement

Today’s climate movement is different from the one of decades past, and we want to make sure the People’s Climate March tells the story of today’s climate movement. To make that happen, we’re trying something new and arranging the contingents of the march in a way that helps us thread our many messages together.

CauseScience and some friends will be marching in the lineup, grouping with other scientists under the theme ‘The Debate Is Over!’ This group will congregate between 81st and 82nd St. Hope to see you there! Join the Largest Climate March in History!

Immunization Policy in NYC upheld!

An informative article in the NYTimes discusses the New York City vaccination policy in detail… specifically since it was recently called into question.

Unfortunately, we have the “freedom” to not let our children get vaccinated if we don’t want to in this country.  To counter this, an NYC policy states that unimmunized children can be bared from public schools when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease.  A nice way to keep disease from spreading…

Recently, several families in NYC have called this policy into question since their children have been kept from school because they were not immunized due to “religious” reasons; and that this policy prevents their religious freedom.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court Judge Kuntz wrote in his ruling that “religious objectors are not constitutionally exempt from vaccinations,” and has voted to uphold the policy.

Good work NYC.