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Archives for August, 2007


Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future. – Jim Rohn

The Molecular Anatomy of Spontaneous Germline Mutations in Human Testes: The frequency of Apert syndrome mutations is 100-1,000 times higher than expected from average mutation rates, and it is due to positive selection in the testis increasing the frequency of germ cells carrying the defect. Enlightening Energy Parasitism by Analysis of an ATP/ADP Transporter from…

Evolution of Adoption

If we are not there at the moment of birth, how come we can bond with the baby and be good fathers or good adoptive parents? Kate explains. Obligatory Reading of the Day. Update: Related is this new article by former Scibling David Dobbs: The Hormone That Helps You Read Minds Update 2: Matt responds…

Grist takes a look at all candidates from both parties and evaluates their stands on environmental issues, global warming and energy: How Green Is Your Candidate?

Michael Pollan – food news

Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma got out in paperback today, so if you have not read it yet, now is the time. Also, in his mailing-list letter, Pollan announces that he has “…just completed a new book, a short manifesto about diet and health called “In Defense of Food.” It’s scheduled to be published…


There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes. – Dr Who

My picks from ScienceDaily

Echidna’s Sex Life Under Study: A University of Adelaide-led project will study the genetic makeup of one of Australia’s most iconic animals, the echidna, to give an unprecedented insight into their sex life and behaviour. World echidna expert Dr Peggy Rismiller and geneticist Dr Frank Gr├╝tzner will collaborate with the Monarto and Adelaide Zoos and…

Today’s Carnivals

Encephalon #30 is up on Neurofuture Gene Genie #14 is up on MicrobiologyBytes Carnival of the Green #92 is up on Greener Magazine

Lunar Eclipse tonight

Here is the time-table if you want to watch the eclipse in the Eastern time zone: As you can see, it is very late at night, and much of the good stuff is happening after dawn. Perhaps in other time zones, the eclipse will look better, so check out the timelines here.

MS Excel is the tool of the Devil!

There is a good reason why scientists in general despise MS Excel. It is cumbersome, non-common-sensical, and the stats cannot be trusted. The graphs are ugly. I am sure it took a lot of hard work to design Excel (and Word), but if I were Charles Simonyi, I would hide the authorship of those two…