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Via GeekDad, I just discovered the blog of the Illinois Poison Control Center. More specifically, I discovered the “Day in the Life of a Poison Center” feature they did last month. As medical blogging goes, this was brilliant. They posted very brief descriptions of each of the calls that came into their center in a…

In what seems to be a bit of a continuation on his earlier post (which I talked about yesterday), Larry Moran has another post up on the whole “is science ever compatible with religion” thing. At the end of the post, he asks a very good question – one that gets right at something that’s…

As you might have noticed, ScienceBlogs picked up a couple of new bloggers recently. Peter Janiszewski and Travis Saunders moved their blog, Obesity Panacea, over to these parts last week. Their move gives me an opportunity that’s way too good to pass up – an excuse to present my latest excuse for a prolonged gap…

While reading Peter Ackroyd’s London: The Biography, I came across something I hadn’t heard of before – the “city hermits” that lived in medieval London. The concept struck me as odd – hermits (at least the non-crab variety) were something that I had always thought of as a purely wilderness phenomenon. A life of solitude?…

Picture of the Day – 11 February 2010

The Sandwalk Down House, Kent, England 31 August 2008 1/45 sec @ f/4; 18mm focal length Technorati Tags: blogpix, darwin, Raw, sandwalk

The title on this one pretty much says it all – after less than an hour of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Anne Mitchell came back with a not guilty verdict. The civil suit against the doctor, hospital, sheriff, district attorney, and county will presumably now come out of the holding pattern it’s…

The more I look at the circumstances that lead up to the criminal prosecution of a nurse in Texas for informing the State Medical Board of her concerns with a local physician, the more I wind up wondering just how things wound up where they are. It’s easy – and far from inaccurate – to…

Picture of the Day – 10 February 2010

Remains of street sign embedded in pahoehoe lava flow. Chain of Craters Road, Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii 4 November 2006 1/60 sec @ f/5.6; 55mm focal length Technorati Tags: blogpix, lava, volcanoes national park

As some of you might know, there is a very scary criminal case currently underway out in West Texas. A registered nurse named Anne Mitchell is currently standing trial. She’s been charged with misuse of official information, which is a felony carrying a 10-year maximum sentence. She allegedly committed this crime by sending a complaint…

View of St. Thibaud de Brageac – a 12th century village church in France Brageac, Auvergne, France 2 January 2007 1/30 sec @ f/8; 55mm focal length Technorati Tags: blogpix, brageac, France, Raw