Archives for May, 2006

Don’t forget–if you want a post included in tomorrow’s edition of Animalcules, send your entries to me (aetiology AT gmail DOT com) today.

So as mentioned elsewhere within the Scienceblogosphere, the Ask a Scienceblogger Question of the week is: “Will the ‘human’ race be around in 100 years?”

More on teaching science

Regular readers know that teaching science is an area of interest. Mike has a post up asking, How would you teach science? He suggests: I think the problem is that we do a very poor job of teaching the basics. By basics, I mean arithmetic and basic scientific facts. Without that foundation, it is very…

Viruses vs. Superbugs

On a recent episode of the drama House, the medical team finds that a patient improves from his illness when he’s infected with a particular species of bacteria, Legionella pneumophila. Though mysterious at the time because the cause of the patient’s illness was unknown, it was later determined that the patient was infected with naegleria,…

Grand Rounds 2.34

Check out this week’s best medical-themed blogging over at Doc Around the Clock.

Apologies…

I was off this weekend, so I’ve just now published some of the comments that got caught in the junk filter. My apologies to the authors–contrary to what at least one of you mentioned, I’m not censoring you, and a few comments I agree with also got stuck. Swamped today, but I’ll have some new…

Saturday roundup

More topics I’d have liked to discuss, given the time… The Vigil after Dover. A free public forum, May 17, 2006 8 PM EST at The Florida State University College of Medicine Auditorium. Featuring Eugenie Scott, Michael Ruse, John Haught, Robert Pennock, and others, it will apparently be broadcast live as well. An article on…

A polar bear-grizzly hybrid was found in Canada. My first thought was, “cool!” Then I clicked on the story, and now I’m ticked off, because 1) the bear’s dead (why didn’t they say it had been shot in the headline? Jerks); 2) the guy paid $45K US for a license to hunt polar bears (and…

Tomorrow is the annual Stamp Out Hunger food collection drive. Sponsored by Campbell’s Soup and the National Association of Letter Carriers, this is the largest single-day food drive in the country. You can help by 1) contacting your local post office or mail carrier and see if they’re participating tomorrow, and 2) leaving a bag…

Mercury and mythology

I very briefly mentioned new research suggesting mercury fillings aren’t harmful back here last month. In Saturday’s Guardian, Ben Goldacre (who runs the Bad Science blog) had a short article on the topic. In it, he addresses the lack of coverage of the research in the UK media, despite stories in the last decade suggesting…