Archives for August, 2006

… Poverty and poor health are intertwined, experts say So, yeah, the headline is a no-brainer, but the article is worth reading and makes many good points–and notes that fewer and fewer of us can say that “poverty doesn’t affect us”: An analysis of poverty rates and health published in the September issue of The…

Skeptics’ Circle #42

While I’m plugging carnivals today, I’d be remiss not to mention the latest Skeptics’ Circle over at Immunoblogging. Joseph is back, at least temporarily, after a zombie-induced hiatus, so check it out and say hello.

Science & kids

I have an article up over at Skepchick on Science for kids. These are just a few things I did as a kid, or do with my kids, but feel free to chime in with other suggestions.

Tangled Bank #61

A new Tangled Bank is up over at Epigenetics News. Check it out for the best science blogging of the past two weeks.

Yesterday’s New York Times had an excellent story on the discovery of the human papilloma virus as the cause of cervical cancer, and ultimately, the development of a vaccine against it. It’s also a good lesson in how, while solid evidence triumphs over anecdotes, even folk stories can be useful in ultimately pointing to a…

Mark Perakh reviews yet another chapter of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design. In this particular chapter, Wells argues that “Lysenkoism is now rearing its ugly head in the US, as Darwinists use their government positions to destroy the careers of their critics.” Obviously, Perakh disagrees, and shows how Wells has again…

Grand rounds 2.49

Check out this week’s best medical blogging at Protect the Airway.

Ohio is not Kansas

As has been mentioned elsewhere on ScienceBlogs, Ohio creationst Deborah Owens Fink is facing a challenge for her seat on Ohio’s school board this coming November 7th. Fink has been one of those who, when I’ve contacted the Board members to urge them to support good science, I’ve not even bothered with–it’s a waste of…

In the ongoing collection of rebuttals to the new Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, check out Andrea’s review of Wells’ chapter on molecular biology.

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. coturnix and others are collecting strories from around the blogosphere on the aftermath in New Orleans and elsewhere; the cleanup effort (still ongoing, barely begun in some areas); rebuilding (likewise; lagging far behind where even many pessimists thought it would be by this time);…