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Archives for June, 2006

I am glad I am not alone! There are other Tesla fans in the blogosphere. Jennifer Ouellette (of the wonderful Cocktail Party Physics blog) has also read the comic strip “Five Fists of Science” with Tesla and Twain saving the world from the evil Edison and J.P.Morgan, and wrote a review (much better than mine,…

Bad, Grand, and Green

Carnival of Bad History is back from hiatus and will, under the new management, become a monthly carnival. Excellent new issue, number 6, is now up on Frog In A Wall – Japan. Enjoy! New Grand Rounds are up on Medview. Carnival of the Green #33 is up on Jen’s Green Journal.

Comissar in the Seventh House

There is a whole slew of responses to this silly post by Comissar/ It is a typical effort to make “balance” between Left and Right in order to make the Right appear more palatable, …or palatable at all. The typical He-said-She-said approach that tries to equalize the enormously dangerous policies of the Right (see my…

Obligatory Reading of the Day

Bush Is Not Incompetent by George Lakoff: Progressives have fallen into a trap. Emboldened by President Bush’s plummeting approval ratings, progressives increasingly point to Bush’s “failures” and label him and his administration as incompetent. Self-satisfying as this criticism may be, it misses the bigger point. Bush’s disasters — Katrina, the Iraq War, the budget deficit…

In the beginning, there was period. Before 1995, the only known circadian clock genes were period (Per) in Drosophila melanogaster (wine fly) and frequency (Frq) in Neurospora crassa (bread mold). Some mutations, though not characterized at the molecular level, were also known in Chlamydomonas, Euglena as well as the famous Tau-mutation in hamsters. I still…

This is the second in the series of posts designed to provide the basics of the field of Chronobiology. See the first part: ClockTutorial #1 – What Is Chronobiology and check out the rest of them here – they will all, over time, get moved to this blog.

The persistence of circadian rhythmicity during long bouts of hibernation in mammals has been a somewhat controversial topic in the literature. While some studies suggest that circadian clock is active during hibernation, other studies dispute this. Apparently, the truth is somewhere in-between – it differs between species: Not all hibernating animals retain apparent circadian rhythmicity…

Social Isolation?

Paul has the scoop on the WaPo article I quoted earlier, about a new study on social isolation. Check it out.

Anyone knows car engines around here?

OK, my car won’t start. Here is the information that may be relevant: – It is a 2000 Ford Winstar minivan. – It never happened before – not even close. – It is used every day. – On most days it covers only a couple of miles. Once or twice a week, it may go…

Obligatory Reading of the Day: Conspiring to expose the conspiracists