Archives for June, 2006

The great American divide

No, it’s not religion. Or politics. What, then?

This is big. The world’s leading scientists yesterday urged schools to stop denying the facts of evolution amid controversy over the teaching of creationism. The national science academies of 67 countries – including the UK’s Royal Society – issued a joint statement warning that scientific evidence about the origins of life was being “concealed, denied,…

When I mention “bugs”, I usually mean the microscopic kind. However, last week and this weekend have put me on a macroscopic “bug” kick. We were out camping this weekend in central Iowa. My kids found this beast by the bathroom:

Magnets “zap” headaches

…according to a new Nature News story. Migraine sufferers might soon be able to block an imminent attack using a device that targets the brain with a powerful magnetic field. The technique, called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), triggers activity in the brain’s nerve cells and is already being tested as a way to treat depression.…

Saturday roundup

More interesting topics I didn’t mention here this week.

Tattoos and infections

I have an admission. I am tattooed. Twice. A small thing, but it’s pretty incredible at the visceral reactions I sometime receive when people find out. (They’re not in oft-seen areas under normal attire, but neither are they anywhere “naughty.”) I get head shakes and tongue-clucks from many of my elders; nose crinkles from folks…

Argument from fire extinguisher

Rebecca over at Memoirs of a Skepchick makes an excellent argument against the new HPV vaccine:

Mike Argento slams Coulter

On my old blog, I professed my undying love for York Daily Record columnist, Mike Argento. During the Dover trial last winter, his columns were hilarious and right on target. (See, for example, here, here, and here for snippets, though the full-text articles are no longer available). He’s now taken on Ann Coulter’s characterization of…

“New pet” update

In many ways, I’m like my kids: it doesn’t take much to amuse me. I mentioned previously my kids’ enjoyment of catching all things crawly, and our “pet” wolf spider, “Wolfie.” Well, Wolfie is now a mommy to hundreds of spiderlings. I’ll put the pics below the fold so that those of you with an…

Just as I’m finally answering last week’s question comes a new one: What makes a good science teacher? Thoughts after the jump…