Archives for March, 2006

Science magazine and my blogroll

Orac just mentioned that Phil’s Bad Astronomy blog was featured in Science’s Netwatch section. John Hawks got plugged last week, and Pandas Thumb received a notice last November (mentioning this story I wrote and cross-posted to Panda’s Thumb, even). And of course,

So far this week, I’ve mostly been talking in generalities–the introductions to the topic, or how the animals we eat or other types of human behavior can put us at greater risk for the emergence of such diseases. Today I want to talk about a more specific example: an ongoing outbreak of a virus called…

Just a reminder to submit your entries to me or Ewen at Complex Medium, who will be hosting next week’s carnival. He’s promised to make it better than Police Academy V–who can miss with a guarantee like that?

So, PZ was apparently collecting Jesus pictures or something. (Yeah, I’m late to the game–blame it on Atlanta). I’ve had this one on my camera for awhile and keep meaning to upload it: guess this is as good as a time as any. From my very own parents’ house (that used to creep me out…

I mentioned in part 2 of the introduction the role that war plays in the emergence and transmission of infectious disease. Accurate numbers are difficult to come by, but currently, it’s estimated that approximately 120 million people worldwide are affected in some way by conflict. In 2003, it was estimated that more than 72 countries…

Evolution in the H.S. classroom

Saw this awhile ago on Science and Politics, but it keeps getting pushed down the line of my entries. See what a panel of high-schoolers has to say about creationism, intelligent design, and evolution. I guess it should be considered a small victory that at least the word “evolution” isn’t forbidden. *sigh*

31st Skeptics’ Circle

…check it out over at Terra Sigillata.

Ah, spring break in Iowa

…and where better to go than Wal-Mart? And I thought my spring break trips as an undergrad were dull…

No, for the uninitiated, the title doesn’t refer to some kind of sexual euphemism. From the Bushmeat Task Force: In Africa, forest is often referred to as ‘the bush’, thus wildlife and the meat derived from it is referred to as ‘bushmeat’. This term applies to all wildlife species, including threatened and endangered, used for…

From this essay (via The Island of Doubt): Convictions are important things. We do not want our children to have minds so open that their brains fall out. On the other hand, certainty is conviction absent humility. Certainty is intolerant. It is absolute. It knows the answers and will not tolerate disagreement. It is inflexible,…