Archives for January, 2007

Gimmie (another) A….(as in, AAAS)

So this week’s American Astronomical Meeting is the current (as I type this, anyway) Buzz in the Blogosphere. Not being an astronomer, though, I’m wondering who’s heading to another upcoming meeting…AAAS (that would be American Association for the Advancement of Science) in San Francisco, Feb. 15-19? I know a few other Sciencebloggers will be either…

When it comes to hemorrhagic fevers, Ebola and Marburg tend to get the lions’ share of the press. Both are highly fatal, both can cause people to die in excruciating ways, and both have come to represent somewhat our fear of and fascination with emerging exotic diseases. However, as I’ve pointed out previously, as far…

Flushed away?

This is bizarre….White rats pop up in toilets Residents of a neighborhood next to the University of Arizona say small, live white rats have been swimming through sewer pipes and into their toilets. Making it from the sewer into someone’s toilet is a difficult trip. A 4-inch pipe runs from the house to a sewer…

Aww, bummer

Heavy underdog Florida annihilates Ohio State 41-14 Sorry, Grandpa. Maybe next year…

Iowan has swine flu

When people think of Iowa, many of them think of our agriculture (for good reasons). Obviously, it’s big business here. We ranked first in the nation in production of corn, soybeans, eggs, and pork in 2005. Indeed, population-wise, hogs here outnumber humans by more than 5 to 1. This is one reason research at our…

From the Seed mothership: Cancer is due to ‘fate’, Britons believe More than a quarter of people believe that fate alone will determine whether they get cancer, not their lifestyle choices, according to a survey conducted by charity Cancer Research UK. The poll of more than 4,000 adults across the country asked people if they…

Gina Kolata has an interesting article from Wednesday’s New York Times, discussing education and longevity. James Smith, a health economist at the RAND Corporation, has heard a variety of hypotheses about what it takes to live a long life — money, lack of stress, a loving family, lots of friends. But he has been a…

Feminism gives you breast cancer

I ran across this story study linking breast cancer protection to housework while browsing Scienceblogs briefly over the break (GrrlScientist mentioned it here), but hadn’t had a chance until now to read through the actual publication. As usual, I’m late; Orac has a good overview, as well as some comments made by other bloggers railing…

Check out all the categories and nominees here. Aetiology was nominated so of course I’d appreciate a vote or two just so I don’t get totally creamed, but other favorites are there as well, including fellow ScienceBloggers Effect Measure, Dr. Charles, and Orac, as well as other favorites of mine such as Flea and Unintelligent…

It’s a new year, and it will be a busy one here in Iowa when it comes to evolutionary biology. I want to highlight two upcoming events: Iowa City’s first annual Darwin Day celebration featuring a lecture by Massimo Pigliucci, and an upcoming symposium on evolution and intelligent design, featuring John Haught and Wesley Elsberry.…