Saturday roundup

More interesting stories that I didn’t get to this week…

Ewen is looking for volunteer producers for his radio show. If you’re in his neck of the woods and would like to learn about science journalism, drop him a line.

Mike notes that MRSA is winning the war on drugs, due in part to dirty needles and a lack of needle exchange programs.

Orac discusses the latest Geiers drama (those would be the folks who’ve been most prominent in pushing the vaccination/autism link here in the U.S.) Turns out a court recently laid the smackdown on them, Kitzmiller-style.

More sequence information has been released regarding H5N1 isolates from the Indonesian family cluster; contrary to initial reports, it appears the virus mutated rapidly.

Janet has a round-up of links about an article that I was considering discussing, by Ben Barres in this week’s Nature. Barres is transgendered, and gives his impression of science from the point of view of one who’s done it as both a man and a woman. Interesting conversation around ye olde blogosphere on the topic.

As pointed out by jre, Mark over at Good Math, Bad Math posts on a new study regarding search-based models of evolution, something that popped up in the comments to this post.

Hey! A new science site! From NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program,

…you’ll read about green architecture and urban coyotes. Bikers-turned-worm-farmers and a beach in the Meatpacking District. Tanning and manholes and rainbows, oh my! We promise to make Scienceline the most excellent adventure we possibly can – you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.

Have a good weekend!

Comments

  1. #1 wamba
    July 16, 2006

    urban coyotes

    Is John Travolta available for the role?

  2. #2 Alan Kellog
    July 17, 2006

    Ask Zoe Brain about her experiences being a transgendered rocket scientist .

    (BTW, since they were wed when Zoe was Alan, under Australian law she and her wife are still legally married.)

  3. #3 Charles
    July 17, 2006

    As a long time bike racer and general rider, it was so refreshing to read about the healthy and fun-filled ride across Iowa.

    This was especially since the good folks in the Hawkeye State seem so resistant to the appalling swindles, tragic deceptions and misuse of charities that characterize the various runs, walks, jogs, rides, quiltings, candlelight vigils, and other theatrical symbols of the evangelical, militaristic, and hopeless misguided “war against AIDS.”

  4. #4 Charles
    July 17, 2006

    make that “hopelessly misguided”…..so-called “war on AIDS.”

  5. #5 jolly fuschia giant
    July 17, 2006

    This was especially since the good folks in the Hawkeye State seem so resistant to the appalling swindles, tragic deceptions and misuse of charities that characterize the various runs, walks, jogs, rides, quiltings, candlelight vigils, and other theatrical symbols of the evangelical, militaristic, and hopeless misguided “war against AIDS.”

    I hope you told those priggish, prim folks in the cloistered midwest just how much you appreciated that.

  6. thanks