Archives for January, 2007

Via Jonah comes this (depressing, as he notes) NY Times article on what else we could’ve bought with $1.2 trillion: For starters, $1.2 trillion would pay for an unprecedented public health campaign — a doubling of cancer research funding, treatment for every American whose diabetes or heart disease is now going unmanaged and a global…

The January edition of Animalcules will be hosted here again next Thursday, January 18th. Send your entries to me: aetiology AT gmail DOT com. I’m still looking for hosts for future editions as well, so drop me a line if you’d like to help out there. [Additionally, check out the latest Tangled Bank, with a…

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is one of those nebulous diseases that’s really more of a diagnosis of exclusion than anything else. As the name suggests, it’s characterized by overwhelming fatigue–often so much so that patients can barely get out of bed–as well as a number of non-specific symptoms, including weakness, muscle pain, and insomnia. Currently,…

Science blogging book!

coturnix brings news of the release of the science blogging anthology that he’s spent the last few weeks compiling. After taking over 200 entries from science blogs all over the net, he and other judges culled it down to 50 posts (ncluding this one of mine), and the book is available here just in time…

Well, we missed the ice storms that hit a few other Sciencebloggers, but we did get a bit of this: My kids, of course, were clamoring to play in it this morning as I rudely shipped them off to school (the nerve!); meanwhile, I’m realizing I don’t even have snowpants and boots that fit them…

Go vote for your favorite! Voting ends Sunday at midnight (PST). Additionally, the Koufax Awards nominations are open. For those unfamiliar, these are for: The Koufax Awards are named for Sandy Koufax, one of the greatest left handed pitchers of all time. They are intended to honor the best blogs and bloggers of the left.…

As Chad mentioned, in our super-triple-secret Scienceblogs hidey hole, we’ve been kicking around the idea of writing posts on some basic concepts in our respective fields of expertise. However, after studying this stuff for years and years and years, it’s not always easy for us (well, OK, for me at least) to figure out what…

The January edition of Animalcules will be hosted here again next Thursday, January 18th. Send your entries to me: aetiology AT gmail DOT com. I’m still looking for hosts for future editions as well, so drop me a line if you’d like to help out there.

Kenya Rift Valley Fever update

In yesterday’s post regarding the current outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in Kenya, I noted: …while there’s little people in the area can do about periodic flooding, scientists are actively examining the relationship between weather and RVF outbreaks. This hopefully will prove useful to predict–and potentially ward off–future disease outbreaks via animal vaccination. Little did…

Say hello, Gracie

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