Archives for September, 2006

New NAS report on women in science

Matt has the scoop. Women in science and engineering are hindered not by lack of ability but by bias and “outmoded institutional structures” in academia, an expert panel reported today. The panel, convened by the National Academy of Sciences, said that in an era of global competition the nation could not afford “such underuse of…

Grand Rounds 2.52

Alaskan vacation edition! Check out not only the week’s best medical blogging, but also some lovely pics from the author’s home state.

The mess that is Project Bioshield

From the New York Times: The last of the anthrax-laced letters was still making its way through the mail in late 2001 when top Bush administration officials reached an obvious conclusion: the nation desperately needed to expand its medical stockpile to prepare for another biological attack. The result was Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion effort…

Darwin, the musical

From NPR’s Weekend Edition comes The Origin of Species song by Chris Smither (right around the 7:00 mark).

The E. coli mystery deepens…

And who said spinach was boring? If the ongoing E. coli outbreak due to spinach has done one thing, it’s highlight the mystery that revolves around Salinas, California:

It seems like every other story that comes out about H5N1 contradicts the previous one. I’ve blogged previously about some reasons to think that the diagnosed cases of H5N1 are only the tip of the iceberg (see here, here, and here, for instance). Though there I present some evidence to suggest that we may be…

September Animalcules

…is up over at Viva la Evolucion!.

Who benefits from science blogging?

Science blogger Eva of Eastern blot has news that an article she wrote on the topic of science blogs, which includes interviews with PZ and Carl (in addition to myself and others), is now online. The article is titled, “Who benefits from science blogging?”, and the .pdf can be found directly here.

Marry me, John Hodgman

Okay, so you’ve probably seen this guy on the new Mac commercials. He’s the one who plays the PC, the nerdy guy with glasses. He’s also a contributor to the Daily Show, where he first appeared to talk about his book, The Areas of my Expertise (website), apparently, spending a disproportionate amount of time talking…

More on E. coli and spinach

I mentioned Mike also wrote on the E. coli outbreak. Additionally, Carl, who’s working on an upcoming book on E. coli (woo hoo!) also has more, including a bit on the evolution of E. coli O157:H7 (while Mike talks about E. coli in general and the bad rap it sometimes gets). Check ’em out.