Mis-clock-ceptions

A Blog Around The Clock

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If you live in (most places in) the United States as well as many other countries, you have reset your clocks back by one hour last night (or last week). How will that affect you and other people? One possibility is that you are less likely to suffer a heart attack tomorrow morning than on…

Circadian Quackery

Believe me, I love the word “circadian”. It is a really cool word, invented by Franz Halberg in the late 1950s, out of ‘circa’ (Latin – “about”) and diem (“a day”), to denote daily rhythms in biochemistry, physiology and behavior generated by the internal, endogenous biological clocks within living organisms. It’s been a while since…

For my European Readers

Not that it’s a good thing….

An oldie but goodie (June 12, 2005) debunking one of the rare Creationist claims that encroaches onto my territory.

Back in the late 1990s, when people first started using various differential screens, etc. looking for elusive “genes for sleep”, I wrote in my written prelims (and reprinted it on my blog several years later): Now the sleep researchers are jumping on the bandwagon of molecular techniques. They are screening for differences in gene expression…

Circadian Meditation?!

How does one fisk a medical quackery when there is no attempt whatsoever to explain what it is all about – not even a string of New-Age mumbo-jumbo, nonsensical, vaguely English-sounding words. All it says is: Buy The Book. Yeah, right… Related: Circadian Quackery

This is a story about two mindsets – one scientific, one not – both concerned with the same idea but doing something very different with it. Interestingly, both arrived in my e-mail inbox on the same day, but this post had to wait until I got out of bed and started feeling a little bit…

Circadian Rhythm Degeneration Syndrome?

OK, it is a premise of a new SF novel. The book description does not look too promising, though I guess I should read it for professional reasons (I put it on my amazon wish-list for now): Last call from Earth -Stage I, Biological Survival (also available for download on Lulu.com). This is what Newswire…

The Cultural Politics of Sleep

Nicole Eugene recently defended her Masters Thesis called Potent Sleep: The Cultural Politics of Sleep (PDF) on a topic that I find fascinating: Why is sleep, a moment that is physiologically full and mentally boundless, thought to be a moment of absence and powerlessness? Where did this devalued notion of sleep come from and how…

For science bloggers, a study older than a week is often too old to blog about. For scientists, last five years of literature are the most relevant (and many grad students, unfortunately, never read the older stuff). I thought that for journalists, 24-cycle was everything. Apparently not. Northwest Explorer’s ‘Senior Life’ columnist is having a…