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Archives for October, 2006

Changes in Lobbying Practices?

The Washington Post reports that there may be changes in Washington lobbying practices, if the Democrats take control of Congress. …If Democrats gain the 15 seats they need to win control of the House — and most analysts think they will — one of the first things the new House will do is restrict or…

The Synapse is Firing

The Neurocritic has the latest edition of The Synapse.  It’s nicely done.  Info of the next one, and instruction for submission, are at Jake’s place, here.

Sounds Cool, But What Good Is It?

The latest issue of Fast Company has an article about Gordon Bell, who is running a project to digitize and record all of the information he generates and encounters in the course of his life.  He calls the project MyLifeBits.  (The article is not openly accessible, but there are others out there on the same…

Ailton the Tapir

This is a mother Tapir and her offspring, as photographed in the Hagenbeck Zoo, in Hamburg, Germany.  Ailton was four weeks old at the time.  The photo is from National Geographic.

Life from Radioactivity

Art Z over at Cheerful Curmudgeon links to an interesting story about subterranean bacteria that derive energy from radioactive uranium.   “What really gets my juices flowing is the possibility of life below the surface of Mars,” said Tullis Onstott, a Princeton University geoscientist and leader of the research team. “These bacteria have been cut…

A while back, I wrote about the new treatment for ADHD that is under development, NRP104.  The original post is here.  In that post, I reviewed the pharmacology of NRP104.  The basic idea is that the company took an old molecule, dextroamphetamine, and tacked a molecule of lysine onto it.  That renders it inactive, until…

Might Be Bad…

I knew the economic news was bad, but I did not know how bad, until I saw this article in The Economist, thanks to a link from Brad DeLong. EVERYONE knows that America’s economy is slowing. Thanks to the bursting of the housing bubble, overall GDP growth has fallen back sharply. The biggest short-term uncertainty…

Just for kicks, in case anyone cares, and is not already familiar with these sites, here are a few that I use: Merck Medicus is a great site.  I had to provide some medical license information, so I don’t think it is available to everyone.  That is annoying, but I understand why they do that.…

It is never easy to make decisions about the use of medication by women who are pregnant.  For the vast majority of drugs, the manufacturer’s statement says something to like this: ‘Product X should only be used if the benefit outweighs the risk.’  But there is never any specific guidance about how to weight the…

Google Hummus

Shelled edamame (soy beans) can be found in all natural food stores, Asian grocery stores and the natural food sections of most supermarkets. Tahini is sesame paste and can be found in the same places. The crushed ice keeps the mixture cool while processing and allows less oil to be used. 2 cups frozen shelled…