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If you picked up The Poisoner’s Handbook (amazon.com) looking for a fool-proof recipe, I hope you have read the book through and realized at the end that such a thing does not exist: you’ll get busted. If they could figure it all out back in 1930s, can you imagine how much easier they can figure…

Seven Questions….with Yours Truly

Last week, my SciBling Jason Goldman interviewed me for his blog. The questions were not so much about blogging, journalism, Open Access and PLoS (except a little bit at the end) but more about science – how I got into it, what are my grad school experiences, what I think about doing research on animals,…

Are Zombies nocturnal?

Blame ‘Night of the Living Dead’ for this, but many people mistakenly think that zombies are nocturnal, going around their business of walking around town with stilted gaits, looking for people whose brains they can eat, only at night. You think you are safe during the day? You are dangerously wrong! Zombies are on the…

Whenever I read a paper from Karl-Arne Stokkan’s lab, and I have read every one of them, no matter how dense the scientese language I always start imagining them running around the cold, dark Arctic, wielding enormous butterfly nets, looking for and catching reindeer (or ptarmigans, whichever animal the paper is about) to do their…

From the NC Museum of Natural Sciences: OUR BODIES: The Final Frontier Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – 6:30-8:30 pm with discussion beginning at 7:00 followed by Q&A Location: Tir Na Nog 218 South Blount Street, Raleigh, 833-7795 We have come to think of the world as known. It isn’t. Even basic parts of our own…

Yes, years after I left the lab, I published a scientific paper. How did that happen? Back in 2000, I published a paper on the way circadian clock controls the time of day when the eggs are laid in Japanese quail. Several years later, I wrote a blog post about that paper, trying to explain…

Who are you calling fat, eh?

Wow, the weight-loss topic is still going strong in the blogosphere (see that post for links for several initial posts). Pal MD has more and some more. Dr.Isis is on a roll. Janet is now in the discussion. Bikemonkey joins in. Larry’s had something related recently. It is interesting to see how experts differ on…

Weight Loss – what works, really?

You may remember Dr.Charles whose blog was here on Scienceblogs.com for a while two years ago. He took a hiatus from blogging, but is now back at it with a vengeance at his new site which I warmly recommend you visit. Today’s post is interesting – and not just because it is partially about a…

Daylight Saving Time

Yup, it’s tonight. If you were around here a few months ago, the day after the Fall Back day, you probably read this post. Disregarding the debate over rhetoric of science, that is probably my best, most detailed explanation for what happens to our bodies on those too strange days of the year – Spring…