Sunday roundup

Like a Saturday roundup, but a day delayed. Some other topics I found interesting this week, but didn’t have a chance to elaborate on…

Afarensis mentions new research on the evolution of the Crenarchaeota, a group of archae.

Laura Bush speaks on the President’s malaria initiative.

Both Ed and Janet muse on the FDA approval of the new HPV vaccine–and ramifications thereof.

Via Eastern blot, 2006′s Art of Science winners.

Wanna work at Seed? They’re looking for fall interns; deadline is July 6th.

And of course, don’t forget to send in your submissions for this week’s Animalcules.

Comments

  1. #1 Nick
    June 11, 2006

    Tara,

    the malaria initiative is good news for Africans. Thanks for posting this. The details were not available at the Time url or at the .gov url. What’s the plan? Netting, Sewage, Quinine?

    What will work best is a combination of all three planks. (An ex-girlfriend did a couple internships of sorts in Uganda and told me about the living conditions in a lot of the slums).

    What about DDT? I know it is controversial, but it is good at eradicating mosquitos?

  2. #2 Clark Bartram
    June 11, 2006

    Tara,

    Don’t forget about the PGR coming up this Sunday.

  3. #3 I.M.
    June 12, 2006

    What’s up with that Iowa Citizens for Science? I’m an Iowan and a scientist. Where do the citizens for science hang out?

  4. #4 Tara C. Smith
    June 12, 2006

    Hi I.M. We’ve not had many formal meetings; mostly we’ve communicated via email so far. Are you on the list? If not, drop me an email and I’ll add you. We are working currently to plan some symposia for next year that you may be interested in.

    Nick, I don’t know much about the initiative myself, but I hope it’s a combo as you mention. As far as DDT, the problem with it is that there’s a lot of resistance to DDT in the mosquito population (something Tim’s discussed previously). So even if it wasn’t “controversial,” it’s not certain it would be any more effective than other insecticides.