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Archives for September, 2007

Endocrine Disruptors in the News, Again

The Guardian Unlimited has a provocative article on the role of endocrine disruptors in increasing the ratio of girl babies to boy babies in the Arctic.   I’ve written about the topic before (1 2) as have Abel and PZ.  James Hrynyshyn, on Island of Doubt, has already commented on the Guardian article: Two girls…

LOL FDA

I don’t think this has ever happened before.  I was reading an article about the organizational chart at the FDA and I laughed out loud.   Unfortunately it was not a good “monkey-on-a-goat” LOL moment; rather, it was a “WTF-sounds-like-Bush” kind of LOL. The chart is from this article: Sidelining Safety — The FDA’s Inadequate…

The Constitution

Flickr Pic(kr) 2

Photo by Fabio Gismondi, on Flickr.  I am not sure exactly what these things are.  They appear to be wooden curios in a shop.  I can’t decide which is my favorite.

What is the world coming to?  AJP has an article about “intensive” therapy for bipolar disorder.  Their definition of intensive?  Thirty sessions over a period of nine months. Back in the day, when you could struggle to stay awake during a seminar when people read their process notes to their supervisors, and watch brachiosaurids frolic…

Mitt Romney’s national finance committee (ex-) co-chairman, Alan Fabian, is in trouble.  He’s been indicted for mail fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice.   Of course, he is innocent until proven guilty.  The story here, as Media Matters points out, is that the problems with a donor to the Hillary Clinton…

Why Employment Numbers are so Bad

This morning the US government revealed that employment is down by 4,000 jobs.  The market took a dive.  Why was the impact so bad? It is one of two reasons.  Either the numbers are so bad, that the government can’t lie about them, or the numbers are so bad, that the government isn’t even going…

First Day of Kindergarden

This is Theo at his desk, during the first day of Kindergarden, at Eberwhite.

In the 1950’s, a new class of antipsychotic drugs was discovered: the antipsychotics.  Chlorpromazine (Thorazine®) was the first. By the 1970’s, several related compounds had been discovered.  In 1976, it was learned that there is a direct linear relationship between the strength with with the compounds bind at the dopamine D2 receptor, and the clinical…

Energy Conversation Efforts

IBM is launching Project Big Green.  Part of the initiative is to consolidate operations in the world’s largest data centers.  They will replace nearly  4,000 servers with 30 refrigerator-sized System Z mainframes, running Linux, using virtualization technology.  This will reduce energy usage by about 80%, saving about $250 million per year.   What’s more, the…