Thursday Throughput for February 7

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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5 Responses

  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    Thank you for the callbacks/follow-ups!Report

  2. Richard Hershberger says:


    In fairness, “temperature” is a bit of a slippery concept.

    Huh? Temperature is an admirably precise concept. How the human body responds to its environment is a lot more complicated than just responding to the temperature, but that isn’t temperature’s fault.Report

  3. Chip Daniels says:

    Since tomorrow is linky Friday, I’m putting in a request for “Bezos Exposes Pecker”.Report

  4. Brandon Berg says:

    Regarding 4-5, and also recent claims about gut bacteria causing obesity, it’s important to note that diet and other lifestyle factors have a profound effect on gut and oral bacteria composition. So one possible story here is (bad gut/gum bacteria) => (you’re screwed), but another possible explanation is (bad lifestyle) => (harmful gut/gum bacteria) => (obesity/depression/Alzheimer’s), or even just (opportunistic gut/gum bacteria) (obesity/depression/Alzheimer’s)Report

    • Brandon Berg in reply to Brandon Berg says:

      Forgot to escape the angle brackets. That last part should read:

      (opportunistic gut/gum bacteria) <= (bad lifestyle) => (obesity/depression/Alzheimer’s)

      That is, it’s possible that the “bad bacteria” are associated with poor health outcomes not because they cause disease, but because their growth is promoted by the same lifestyle factors that lead to poor health outcomes.Report