Archives for January, 2006

More Iowa bonuses

I’ve mentioned previously that not only do I live in Iowa, I live waaaay out in rural Iowa–gravel road, mile-away neighbors, the whole shebang. I realize that’s the worst nightmare of many people–living in the boonies in a “red state,” but it definitely has its perks at times. This morning, my husband called me on…

…Orac’s headin’ over to Scienceblogs.

Blogs of the Union

As mentioned over on Gene Expression, Radio Open Source has called for Blogs of the Union (BOTU), in preparation for tonight’s State of the Union address. I thought about it quite a bit last night, but couldn’t get anything down without being too depressed (and depressing). So instead, I’ll just cite a story in today’s…

Oh man, Answers in Genesis shills to the most amusing people. I subscribe to their newsletter–partly to keep tabs on what they’re up to, partly for the entertainment value. They must sell their mailing list, because yesterday in the mail I received the most amusing brochure. It proclaims, “Students are risk! Adults at risk!”, asking…

Small change–>big difference

Okay, not to overwhelm with Streptococcus biology, but I mentioned this new paper in the comments to this post, and had to share a bit of the results, because 1) it’s just cool, and 2) it directly stems from some of the research I did for my dissertation. (Always a bonus when someone else can…

“Bird flu” kills in Iraq

Well, it’s official. H5N1 has killed humans in Iraq. As usual, EffectMeasure has the scoop.

Luskin still doesn’t get it

I wrote up a critique of an article DI mouthpiece Casey Luskin wrote regarding avian influenza back in October. I don’t know whether Luskin ever read my post; at the time, trackbacks to the DI site weren’t working. But I’d guess I’m not the only one who pointed out the abundant mistakes in his article,…

Catching up…

I meant to get online yesterday, but hubby had to work all day so it was just me and the kiddos–so we just played all day and I didn’t bother to get to a computer. Anyhoo, I’ve missed a few things. I know this was linked on a few other of my virtual neighbor’s websites,…

For the Iowa folks…

Just a reminder about this upcoming event at Iowa State University: Why Intelligent Design Is Not Science Robert M. Hazen is the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University, and a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory. He received his M.S. in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,…

Speaking of chronic diseases caused by microbial agents, one of the earliest characterized of these is the group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes). In addition to causing acute diseases such as strep throat and scarlet fever, a wide range of post-infectious sequelae (complications that appear following resolution of infection) have been attributed to S. pyogenes. It…