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Archives for August, 2006

Iran Next?

I was really worried about Iran after the State of the Union Address this year.  Although not many people shared my opinion, I thought the most important aspect of the speech was the propaganda aspect, and I thought that the biggest theme was to lay the groundwork for a war against Iran.   The rhetoric…

Free DSCOVR

In 1969, after yet another arrest, Flint native John Sinclair was sentenced to 9.5 yrs in prison.  The egregious disproportionality of the sentence led to rallying cries of FREE JOHN SINCLAIR! Last December, I went to a pub in Ypsilanti, to see the guy play his music.  Outside, there were these free-newsletter dispensers.  I saw…

Ask A ScienceBlogger About…AIDS

I was just thinking about the topic, not with regard to myself, but the issue in general, because of a good interview on Ira Flatow’s Science Friday.  There is no permalink, yet, but it’s the show for 8/11/2006, second hour.  They discuss the progress, or lack thereof, in finding a vaccine. To what extent do…

Friday Cat Blogging

That is Microsoft in her hideout.

Changes in the Drug-Approval Process

I know, it is a lame excuse.  But I just found this article, and am too tired to blog about it.  It should be a fertile inspirational source for someone, though, if someone else wants to get to it before me. From the August 10, 2006 New England Journal of Medicine: A Proposal for Radical…

This is no big surprise, although I did not expect the magnitude of the effect: Violence at work significantly boosts clinical depression risk Work-related violence and threats and the risk of depression and stress disorders Employees subjected to real or threatened violence at work run a major risk of becoming clinically depressed, indicates research in…

James Robbins, contributing editor at the National Review Online, thinks global warming is a good idea.  This is proclaimed in his article, Hooray for Global Warming. This is another version of the “CO2 is life” meme.  And like “CO2 is life,” it is utter nonsense.  Anyone who would say that fails to grasp a critical…

Let us hope that this new article in Nature turns out to be as important as it seems. In a recent publication, scientists from Merck report on platensimycin, which is a previously unknown kind of antibiotic.  It is produced by Streptomyces platensis.  (There were a gazillion authors on the paper, so I did not all…

Fox Joins Campaign

I like this article on The Nation website so much, I’m going to copy it in its entirety.  It’s from their blog, The Notion, so I think it is OK to do that. Lieberman Cancels Campaigning, Fox Carries On John Nichols Tue Aug 8, 4:48 PM ET Joe Lieberman canceled his scheduled campaign events on…

How High Can You Fly?

Here are a couple more vacation photos… Notice that the bottom photo may seem to have been taken from a greater altitude, although that is not the case.  The top one is not really a vacation photo; it’s from the Astronomy Picture of the Day site.  (Credit: STS-121 Crew, Expedition 13 Crew, NASA) The top…