Archives for January, 2006

That big tent

Buridan of Buridan’s ass has some discussion about Vedic creation in America (Short EvoWiki blurb on vedic creationism.), linking an article that claims Prominent I.D. theorists (Philip Johnson, Michael Behe) and some Catholic creationists have endorsed Vedic creationism. Afraid of kickin’ anyone outta that tent, ain’t they? Intelligent design, creationism

Mike the Mad Biologist has some worrisome new findings on Acinetobacter, an emerging bacterial pathogen that has cropped up in the Middle East and Mexico. Mike discusses a new study on Acinetobacter genomics, showing that it has an island with 45 resistance genes, and that it’s resistant to damn near everything. Just what we need–more…

I generally don’t discuss a lot of politics on here. It’s not that it’s a topic I’m uninterested in; it’s just that, for the most part, other people do it so much better than I do, so I leave a lot of it to them. There are, of course, exceptions. Intelligent design is much more…

Tangled bank #45

…is up over at GreyThumb blog. Check out some of the best online science writing in a variety of fields.

Public health in Iraq

As noted in the comments to his post, Cervantes over at Stayin’ Alive has written a “depressingly excellent” summary of the state of health in Iraq as we approach the 3-year post-invasion mark. To put it mildly, it ain’t a pretty picture. Iraq, public health

…be prepared to take some disinfectants along for the ride. One thing that is a total geek-out for me is reading about ecology. It’s one of the areas I wish I’d taken more coursework on back in college. At the time, it didn’t much interest me–studying species interactions was boring, and molecular biology was much…

New Grand Rounds at GruntDoc

For anyone unfamiliar with Grand Rounds in the blogosphere, it’s a medical blog carnival. With posts submitted by doctors, patients, and generally medically-interested readers, there’s usually a little something for everyone. This week’s edition is located over at GruntDoc (you can read some background on GruntDoc at “Pre-Rounds” here–requires free registration.) Lots of good posts…

Malaria is one of mankind’s oldest known killers, with descriptions of the disease dating back almost 5000 years. Each year, malaria causes 300-500 million infections, and up to 3 million deaths–about 5000 Africans die of the disease every day; one child succumbs every 30 seconds. The disease is caused by a number of species of…

A thousand words…

Artwork by Plognark, available at CafePress (link on the site). While you’re there, bug him to get his evolution primer finished.

Are female night owls screwed?

As I write this at 2AM sitting under annoying fluorescent lights, am I increasing my risk of developing breast cancer? Maybe, according to a recent study showing that melatonin-depleted blood can spur the growth of mammary tumors: The increased breast cancer risk in female night shift workers has been postulated to result from the suppression…