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Google Chrome on Opensuse 11.2

I decided to try using Google Chrome as a web browser. The reason is that it is supposed to be faster, particularly for sites that make heavy use of Flash. It turns out that installing it is a hassle if you do it the obvious way, because Flash does not work without fiddling around. That…

I saw this headline on Google Fast Flip, and had to read it.  I’m always game for an anti-big-pharma story: even though I appreciate their efforts to relieve suffering, I do like to take notice of their shadier practices. Is Glaxo’s Charity Really Theft? Jan 20 2010, 5:30 pm by Daniel Indiviglio Is there a…

Susanne Sternthal, a writer based in Moscow, has published an article about the ecology of stray dogs.  The article is in Financial Times, of all places.  Why is that? Moscow’s stray dogs By Susanne Sternthal January 16 2010 00:04

I’ve been mulling this over for a few days, finally deciding to write about it.  There was an article in the NYT on 13 January 2010 about an NEJM article: Morphine May Help Traumatic Stress By BENEDICT CAREY Published: January 13, 2010

What Hath Geology Wrought?

The earthquake in Haiti is only the most recent in a series of catastrophes stretching back over two centuries.  It was not always like this.  Haiti, in fact, was once the most prosperous colony in the New World.  When it was a French colony, known as St. Domingue ( also called The Pearl of the…

Those of us who watch the drug development pipeline have been pining for a nonaddictive anti-anxiety drug.  Occasionally there are glimmers of hope.  One candidate is emapunil, aka XBD-173 or AC-5216.  In 2004, there was an article in the British Journal of Pharmacology about this.  That article described promising findings, in rats and mice.  Now,…

Lawsuit Against Ca Science Center…

…for canceling the showing of a creationist film, Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record.  The background is on Greg Laden’s Blog, Los Angeles Venue Cancels Intelligent Design Film: You’ll recall that it was recently reported that the California Science Center, which is loosely affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, had planned a screening…