Archives for March, 2006

Actually being at a conference soaking up so much of this stuff means, alas, not nearly as much time as I usually spend during the week actually reading the new literature in many of the areas I write about. Over at Effect Measure, as usual, they help to make up for that, by commenting on…

So, much attention has been drawn to my comment pointing out that Rebecca Culshaw is a mathematician (well, isn’t she?), while my elaboration in my very next comment was ignored. So I thought I’d take some time to highlight this, and discuss the problems in general with arguments from authority. Let me review a bit:

Money quote

Via Stranger Fruit: Unlike mathematical theorems, scientific results can’t be proved. They can only be tested again and again until only a fool would refuse to believe them.

Go at it

So, I moved the malaria entry to another post–since all the comments focused on Culshaw’s post (noted in the first comment below), might as well have a more focused discussion on it. I’ll be back tomorrow with a somewhat related post, but until then, feel free to chat amongst yourselves.

Animalcules 1.4…

…is up over at Science and Politics. Check out the best microbe-related posts in the past 2 weeks.

Reminder–Animalcules tomorrow!

Get your entries to coturnix–contact info here. I’m still away and have less internet access than I’d anticipated–apologies, but next week will be back to normal.

Dunk malaria day

Yesterday, as mentioned previously, was Dunk Malaria day. I’m on the road today in cold ‘n’ gloomy Atlanta so pardon the delay, but coturnix has a collection of posts here regarding the topic. Just spent much of the morning hearing about new strategies to control vectors (aimed mostly at dengue, but some ideas could extend…

The Daily Transcript, a new Scienceblog, has a nice two-part post on the worst and the best parts of scientific life.

Computer builds virus

This is too cool. One of the world’s most powerful supercomputers has conjured a fleeting moment in the life of a virus. The researchers say the simulation is the first to capture a whole biological organism in such intricate molecular detail. The simulation pushes today’s computing power to the limit. But it is only a…

Weekend botfly blogging?

I swear this really wasn’t my intention, but I dunno–I’m a bit obsessed with these critters. I mentioned them here just last weekend. Yesterday, Josh over at Thoughts from Kansas blogged more about botflies, linking a video that had been passed around the Panda’s Thumb email list (and that even grossed out “Parasite Rex” author…