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Archives for November, 2007

A great deal of evidence has accumulated that there is a problem with regulation of cortisol levels in persons with posttraumatic stress disorder.  Several years ago, it was demonstrated that adult offspring of persons with PTSD had lower circulating cortisol than others, and it appeared that the lower cortisol was a risk factor for the…

Shrinky-Dink Tech

For years, universities have struggled to find ways to move esoteric technologies from the lab to the commercial sector.  Now, scientists at UC Merced have begun to grapple with another problem: how to move technology from the toy shop into the lab. Chemical & Engineering News has a cute little article explaining how a new…

The Three Laws of Musicodynamics

1. Good music can neither be created, nor destroyed. All the good music already exists.  It does not matter how many hours you spend at the keyboard trying to come up with something new.  All of your efforts are in vain. 2. The degree of disorganization in music increases to a maximum. From now on,…

Appropriate Taxes

I’ve rarely linked to Kos before; this is probably the second time (I’m a liberal, just not that kind of liberal).  However, the recent post on the reality of the Iraq war demands some commentary.  Plus, there is no point in being one out of >100 commenters.  Note: the sub-quote is from CBS News. Freedom…

Using my new Firefox search box to search ScienceBlogs, I learned that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) retards neural growth, screws up the circadian clock, is the subject of moralistic cartoons, and that it cannot be cured.   True enough, it cannot be cured.  Even so, it is important to recognize it, as early as possible, …

Flickr Pic(kr) 9

Bosque del Apache is a somewhat famous site for people to go to see migratory birds as they (birds) fly south.  I believe these are snow geese (Chen caerulescens), but I am not sure. Flickr has a lot of photos that were taken there, but most don’t have the Creative Commons license; this one does.…

Agomelatine is a new chemical entity that is nearing approval for treatment of depression.  It was developed by Servier Laboratories; they have entered into an agreement with Novartis for commercialization of the product (Valdoxan®). This represents a new approach to the pharmaceutical treatment of depression.  The putative mechanism of action is that it stimulates melatonin…

Teehuggers Gone Wild: Organic Water

The treehuggers at TreeHugger saw right through this one.  Safeway is now selling “organic water.”   I find the last point especially amusing: “No Genetic Modification.” Greenwashing to the extreme. HT: J-Walk Blog Beta

Happy Birthday

On 24 November, 1859, Charles Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, was published. Things haven’t been the same, ever since.  For example, the cost of a new copy, then, was 15 shillings.  Now it’s 97.55 shillings for a…

Run Household With Battery?

Apparently, it is not only possible to run a household with a battery, but to run 25,000 with a battery: a battery that uses uranium hydride. The device is being developed from technology  from Los Alamos National Laboratory, by a company called Hyperion Power Generation.  In an article in the Santa Fe Reporter, it is…