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Archives for April, 2007

Curse Words

Last week’s Casual Friday study on Cognitive Daily tried to look at the way various curse words are used and perceived by their blog readers. Today, the results are in and, though not surprising, they are quite interesting. The sample is probably skewed towards well-educated folks interested in cognitive science, as well as towards the…

Physics Blogging of the Week

Philosophia Naturalis #9 is up on Science And Reason.

Classroom Blog

I am starting my BIO101 for adults course again on Monday and this time I am deteremined to use a blog in the classroom. To begin with, I copied my lecture notes here (still needs some fiddling and editing before Monday) and we’ll see how it works out.

My Picks From ScienceDaily

Dogs Copy Other Dogs’ Actions Selectively, The Way Humans Do: A distinguishing feature of human intelligence is our ability to understand the goals and intentions of others. This ability develops gradually during infancy, and the extent to which it is present in other animals is an intriguing question. New research by Friederike Range and Ludwig…


I think scientists should stop wasting valuable resources trying to cure cancer and focus on more important issues, like keeping me from drooling in my sleep. – Bill Hewins

New science-related carnival!

The first edition of Carnival of Space is up on Why Homeschool. Submit your entries for the next edition here and volunteer to host here.

Happy Birthday, John James Audubon

John James Audubon was born on his father’s plantation in Haiti on this day in 1780. Despite being born of his father’s mistress, he was raised in France by his father’s wife and educated with other young aristocrats. He took an early interest in drawing birds, when he found himself without an income he proceeded…

The Future of the Interview

Excellent article by Jeff Jarvis: The obsolete interview (hat-tip: Anton). As I’ve been interviewed several times this year, I agree. The world is changing: media, just like science publishing (see below) and getting a job (see further below) will change….

Thus reports The Scientist: Researchers from three different labs have identified a new circadian gene in the mouse, according to two papers in Science and one paper in Cell published online this week. Mutagenesis screens revealed that mutations in a protein called FBXL3 lengthen the mouse circadian period by several hours, and biochemical analyses showed…

With Bob Geary of The Independent Weekly. Listen to the whole thing here or read an excerpt here.