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Archives for October, 2009

Weekend Updates

From the NIDA media guide Jared Diamond and the New Yorker’s parent company have denied all charges in the “Vengeance is Ours” scandal:” The defendants’ attorneys listed 34 reasons, called “affirmative defenses,” why they should prevail in the lawsuit. Among them are the contentions that the plaintiffs were not defamed and had not suffered any…

From Inhabitat: Artist Brandon Jon Blommaert’s recycled trash robots (yes, they’re real sculptures) lay waste to Photoshopped landscapes. Check out his flickr page for more – and a “making of” series of photos showing how he built these steampunky robot overlords, who are destined for a Canadian recycling center. Their message is clear: RECYCLE, HUMANITY,…

I am so pissed off right now

NPS Photo/Dan Stahler This fall, Montana opened a sport hunting season – on wolves. Yeah – the same wolves that wildlife biologists have been working so hard (and spending lots of federal money) to successfully reintroduce to restore the Yellowstone ecosystem. So what happened? It really isn’t that surprising: hunters have already killed nine wolves…

For all my microbiology/cell biology peeps, this could be a neat opportunity. ASCB has obtained a two-year stimulus grant from NIH to assemble an image library of the cell. According to Caroline Kane, project PI and professor emerita at UC-Berkeley (and a wonderful person/mentor), “By visualizing the structure and dynamic behavior of a broad range…

So it’s finally happened: the government is taking blogs so seriously that the FTC is cracking down on us! As you may have heard, Bloggers who offer endorsements must disclose any payments they have received from the subjects of their reviews or face penalties of up to $11,000 per violation, the Federal Trade Commission said…

Just saw this posting: The Stetten Fellowship seeks to encourage postdoctoral historical research and publication about biomedical sciences and technology and medicine that has been funded by NIH since 1945. Fellowships carry a stipend in the range of $45,000 per year and include health insurance and a work space, computer, and phone in the Office…

Your brain – on Van Aelst

Kantor Set Kevin Van Aelst Several readers have suggested I blog about photographer Kevin Van Aelst in the past weeks. If you’ve missed out on his work, Kevin is the sort of artist who can portray cellular mitosis in the legendarily difficult medium of Krispy Kreme, or chromosomes in gummi worm, fingerprints in non-dairy creamer,…

As you’ll have noticed by now, I’m not doing a BioE DonorsChoose challenge this year. It was a really tough decision, but I currently have neither the time nor the spare cash to do a DonorsChoose promotion proper justice. Fortunately, I have a baker’s dozen Sciblings who are going all out this year to beat…

With these gears, I thee wed

I don’t know who commissions a steampunk wedding cake, but whoever they are, I like the way they think. Check out these whimsical steampunk cakes (including a metallic, Jules Verne-esque cephalopod) at the normally frightening Cake Wrecks. And big thanks to LindaCO for the heads up!

It’s a Small World (again)

Dominik Paquet Getting on this a little late, but the 35th annual Nikon Small World competition winners are out! See article and gallery from SciAm.