Archives for April, 2006

Mentos, the fizz maker

I am soooo going to show this trick to my kids. Candy + pop + science = perfect combination. Even better than sparking wintergreen lifesavers. (And this one doesn’t involve blowing up stuff that could actually, y’know, really harm you). And finally, since I’ve not participated in poetry pimpin’ at Scienceblogs yet, I offer an…

Saturday roundup

More topics I’d have covered this week, given endless time and energy: An update on the Chikungunya outbreak I discussed here (and see this comment on the outbreak from a medical entomologist in the region dealing with it first-hand). Orac on viruses as cancer treatment, inspired by a recent episode of House (more episode reviews…

Okay, I’ll play

Oooh, fun. I have a stack of smelly plates waiting for me in the incubator…but Janet’s ABC meme is more interesting. Answers below the fold.

Bookend: The real hot 100

Okay, one more post and I swear I’ll stop talking about sex/sexiness for awhile. A reader sent me a link to this page: the real hot 100. We’re tired of the media telling young women how to be “hot”! Maxim Magazine’s annual “Hot 100″ list exemplifies how young women are viewed in popular culture. The…

Sexy science (or, not)

After hitting on the topic of sexy scientists earlier in the week, this one is kind of the flip side. I probably don’t need to tell this audience that a lot of biology ain’t exactly glamorous. Sure, there are biologists out there who never have to get their hands dirty, but many of us routinely…

Nanotechnology primer

Nanotechnology. What does it mean to you? How does it affect health? Does the phrase only conjure up images of Crichton-esque nanobots with a sinister motive? Nanotechnology is a field defined solely by its size. By definition, it involves the manufacture and manipulation of materials at the atomic or molecular level–materials which are typically less…

You talk to your expectorated matter. In “science-ese.” At least, by that post anyway, there’s no evidence it was expected to reply…

A new edition of the Skeptics’ Circle is up at Science and Politics. Nice setup: “Effects of uncritical thinking on neuronal death in users and non-users of the baloney detection kit: a review of recent literature.”

Carnivals!

Check out an all-new Carnival of Education and Tangled bank (oooh, Star Wars theme!). Finally, don’t forget about next week’s Animalcules, to be hosted over at Discovering Biology in a Digital World. Send submissions to me or Sandra (sandy at geospiza dot com) next Wednesday, May 3rd. Additionally, if you’re interested in hosting, drop me…

Novel Swine Influenza Virus Subtype H3N1, United States In several of my influenza posts, I’ve discussed ways that the viruses can evolve. These are termed “antigenic drift,” where the virus accumulates small mutations in the RNA genome; and antigenic shift, where large sections of the genome are swapped, generally in their entirety. While it was…