citizen scientist. project bumblebees.

stand­ing very still

project bum­ble­bees

In the west­ern U.S., please con­tact us and send a photo if you have observed the west­ern bum­ble bee (Bom­bus occi­den­talis) or Franklin’s bum­ble bee (Bom­bus franklini). In the east­ern U.S. please con­tact us and send a photo if you have observed the rusty-​patched bum­ble bee (Bom­bus affi­nis), the yel­low­banded bum­ble­bee (Bom­bus ter­ri­cola), or the Amer­i­can bum­ble bee (Bom­bus pen­syl­van­i­cus) so that we can piece together the cur­rent dis­tri­b­u­tion of these bees. If you do research on bum­ble bees, have inci­den­tal bum­ble bees in your col­lec­tion, or have stu­dent insect col­lec­tions from the past few years, it would help us to know if you have or have not seen these bees. It is as impor­tant for us to doc­u­ment where these bees were for­merly com­mon, but not recently col­lected, as it is to doc­u­ment where they were col­lected. Click on the name of each bee above to see the for­mer ranges of each of these bees. See our iden­ti­fi­ca­tion page for more infor­ma­tion about iden­ti­fy­ing bum­ble bees.

science. art. death.

sci­ence is culture

The Well­come Trust…is one of the UK’s largest fun­ders of bio­med­ical research. Intrigu­ingly, along­side their core work of sup­port­ing sci­en­tific research in areas rang­ing from genet­ics to neu­ro­science and global health, the Trust also main­tains a sub­stan­tial out­reach pro­gramme. This entails not only the fos­ter­ing of dia­logue between med­i­cine and art (see the art and neu­ro­science series with the Bar­bi­can, for instance), but also the man­age­ment of the Well­come Col­lec­tion, which fea­tures con­sis­tently excel­lent exhi­bi­tions for the ‘inex­orably curious’.

The Collection’s exhi­bi­tions usu­ally try to place cut­ting edge sci­ence in a his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural con­text and the cur­rent instal­la­tion is no excep­tion. Death: A Self Por­trait dis­plays the col­lec­tion of Richard Har­ris, a for­mer antique print dealer from Chicago, who amassed an aston­ish­ing col­lec­tion of objects, prints and pho­tographs relat­ing to death.

death: a self por­trait at the well­come collection

good luck. bad luck. family.


(Reuters) — A Chicago judge agreed on Fri­day to allow author­i­ties inves­ti­gat­ing a pos­si­ble mur­der to exhume the body of a man who died of cyanide poi­son­ing shortly after win­ning $1 mil­lion in the Illi­nois Lottery.

Cook County Judge Susan Cole­man agreed there was “rea­son­able and suf­fi­cient” rea­son to allow the Cook County med­ical exam­iner to obtain more foren­sic sam­ples from the body of Urooj Kahn, 46, who died on July 20.

No date has been set for the exhuma­tion, but the med­ical examiner’s goal is to con­duct the autopsy by the end of next week, accord­ing to Mary Pale­ol­o­gos, a spokes­woman for the county.

Khan died with­out a will and his estate was mired in a legal bat­tle in the pro­bate divi­sion of Cook County Cir­cuit Court.

Peo­ple at the cour­t­house, who said they were related to Khan, wanted to know the truth about his death and were pleased the exhuma­tion would be performed.

We are 100 per­cent con­fi­dent he did not die of a nat­ural cause,” said a man who iden­ti­fied him­self as Khan’s brother, but did not give his name. “And some­thing has hap­pened to him … The truth will come out and every­one will know.”

Khan’s wife, Sha­bana Ansari, has told reporters the fam­ily all shared lamb curry she made that night, accord­ing to media reports. Rel­a­tives at the cour­t­house on Fri­day said Ansari was a veg­e­tar­ian.
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psychiatry. gun violence.

Let­ter to the president’s task force on gun violence:

With respect to (2), the propen­sity of psy­chi­atric drugs to cause vio­lence, attached is the State­ment on the Con­nec­tion Between Psy­chotropic Drugs and Mass Mur­der recently issued by the Inter­na­tional Soci­ety for Eth­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy and Psy­chi­a­try (ISEPP), demon­strat­ing the clear link between psy­chi­atric drugs and vio­lence. As the ISEPP State­ment points out:

• Christo­pher Pittman was on anti­de­pres­sants when he killed his grandparents.

• Eric Har­ris, one of the gun­men in the Columbine school shoot­ing, was tak­ing Luvox and Dylan Kle­bold, his part­ner, had taken Zoloft and Paxil.

• Doug Williams, who killed five and wounded nine of his fel­low Lock­heed Mar­tin employ­ees, was on Zoloft and Celexa.

• Michael McDer­mott was on three anti­de­pres­sants when he fired off 37 rounds and killed seven of his fel­low employ­ees in the Mass­a­chu­setts Wake­field massacre.

• Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his par­ents and then killed 2 chil­dren and wounded 25 at a nearby school.

• In four­teen recent school shoots, the acts were com­mit­ted by per­sons tak­ing or with­draw­ing from psy­chi­atric drugs, result­ing in over 100 wounded and 58 killed.

• In other school shoot­ings, infor­ma­tion about the shooter’s pre­scrip­tion drug use and other med­ical his­tory were kept from pub­lic records.

This last point is very impor­tant — the involve­ment of psy­chi­atric drugs in many mass shoot­ings is being with­held from the pub­lic. There have been reports that Adam Lanza was on psy­chi­atric drugs, but that has not been con­firmed to my knowl­edge. It is essen­tial that the involve­ment of psy­chi­atric drugs in these tragedies be inves­ti­gated and reported to the public.

What is clear, is that the involve­ment of the men­tal health sys­tem and men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als does not pre­vent these hor­rors and being diag­nosed with a men­tal ill­ness is not a reli­able pre­dic­tor of violence.

psychiatry. drugs. revaluation.

las­caux one

Antipsy­chotics: is it time to intro­duce patient choice?

Given that men­tal health ser­vices appear to have over­es­ti­mated the strength of the evi­dence base for antipsy­chotic med­ica­tion, while under­es­ti­mat­ing the seri­ous­ness of the adverse effects, it seems sen­si­ble to re-​evaluate the risk – ben­e­fit ratio of such drugs. This risk – ben­e­fit pro­file may be a fac­tor in the high rates of non-​adherence and dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of med­ica­tion found in patients with psy­chosis; thus, some deci­sions to refuse or dis­con­tinue antipsy­chotic med­ica­tion may rep­re­sent a ratio­nal informed choice rather than an irra­tional deci­sion due to lack of insight or symp­toms such as suspiciousness.