Archives for September, 2006

E. coli, grass, and pasteurization

Nina Plank, the author of the NY Times article I commented on in this post, stopped by to comment. Rather than just having this lost in the comments to a week-old post, I wanted to take a moment and quickly address two of her points (with potentially a follow-up post next week when I have…

More anti-evolution rumblings in the UK

Via Dean and Science, Just Science comes this story about a new group trying to get ID into class in the UK: Parents are being encouraged to challenge their children’s science teachers over what they are explaining as the origins of life. An organisation called Truth in Science has also sent resource packs to all…

Carnivals of the week

While I’ve been out, missed highlighting a few carnivals: Grand Rounds 3.1 Tangled Bank #63 Skeptics’ Circle #44

Must-read posts

I was travelling over the weekend and I’m incredibly busy up through Wednesday, so new material from me will have to wait until later in the week. In the meantime, I’ll point you to a stellar post I wanted to highlight last week, from Revere on H5N1 and the evolution ov virulence, and another excellent…

Tripoli six–more info

The more I read about this, the worse it gets. In addition to the links I mentioned yesterday, Laurie Garrett mentioned she’s been covering this for years. One example is this piece from this past June. One of the newly charged Bulgarians, Smilian Tachev, an engineer, told Bulgarian journalists last month that he was originally…

That’s certainly the claim in a new New York Times editorial (via The Frontal Cortex). The author, Nina Planck (author of Real Foods: What to Eat and Why), claims that it’s as easy as just feeding cattle grass, and poof!–E. coli O157 will vanish. More on this and why organic farming won’t necessarily stop such…

I write a lot here about science denial, and it’s been pointed out previously that denying that HIV causes AIDS, for instance, is deadly quackery. Now, via Nature write and blogger Declan Butler and Nature magazine comes news of another form of science denial revolving around HIV: the 7-year imprisonment and torture of six medical…

The seventh chapter of Wells’ book could be summed up in a single sentence: “biology doesn’t need no steeekin’ evolution!” Wells argues that, because medicine and agriculture were already doing just fine prior to Darwin’s publication of Origin, clearly then, these fields (and others) haven’t benefited from an application of evolutionary principles in the time…

Anthrax attack anniversary

David over at Orcinus has an excellent post reminding about the anniversary of the

Happy birthday, Chris!

Everyone’s favorite sexy geek is 29 today. Stop on over and drop some birthday wishes for the youngin’.