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Friday, June 15, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference will be held October 22-24 in Houston, Texas as originally scheduled!

Wilbos Engineering has stepped up "to guarantee critical obligations involved with the conference" and is now the conference patron.

- conference website (abstracts can still be submitted!) via @GITAssociation

--- original post 5/18/12 ---

The GITA website explains that its Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference, set for Oct 22-24 in Houston, has been cancelled. This would have been the 21st iteration of the event. The website text goes on to note the status of the organization is unclear:

The GITA Board of Directors is meeting in the near future to discuss what the future holds for the association. More information will be released on this website, as well as to GITA’s various stakeholder groups as soon as possible.

- GITA website (copyright 2011)

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 08:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Accordingly [sic] to old anecdotic [sic] reports the results of this study support the hypothesis of positive effects of natural lithium intake on mental health. Both, the new methodological approach and the results relevant for health may open new avenues in the collaboration between Geographic Information Science, medicine, and even criminology, such as exploring the spatial association between violent or impulsive crime and lithium content in drinking water.

- press release

Will Philadelphia’s experiment in eradicating ‘food deserts’ work? That's the question asked in the Washington Post about efforts to put fresh food in corner stores that typical sell only chips and soda. It turns out that studies have not yet shown that access to healthy food changes eating habits, hoped to address obesity. Among the lessons learned: people do not shop where they live.

- WaPo

Now it appears that, even for a single disease or condition, the balance between nature and nurture isn't fixed place to place. That's what researchers at Kings College London,writing this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, are showing with maps that identify hotspots in the U.K. where either genetic or environmental factors dominate.

How would you study this? Via a twin study.

The data comes from the Twins Early Development Study, which has followed more than 5,000 pairs of twins from birth over the last 16 years. Researchers tracked a number of factors for each child, including school performance, behavior problems, mood and attention disorders, and weight. By comparing the variation between children with genetic differences, they were able to figure out how genes and environment relate to each factor.

When they plotted the data on a map, they saw clear geographic patterns. "You can see areas where the variation is explained by genes, and areas where it's explained by the environment," says Davis.

- NPR Shots Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 04:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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