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The article describes a technique that it said to show a priori which patients are at risk for developing suicidal thoughts after starting an antidepressant.  Of course the usual interpretive caveats apply: it is a small study, needs to be replicated, etc. Brain Waves Predict Suicide Risk A new technique might help doctors foresee suicidal…

Yes, this is old news.  I’ve written about it before, as have numerous other progressive scientifically-oriented bloggers.  But now that there is an opinion piece featured prominently in the New York Times, perhaps the issue is gaining momentum. Cows on Drugs By DONALD KENNEDY Published: April 17, 2010 NOW that Congress has pushed through its…

This is a pretty neat idea.  This technology, still under development, promises to enable the printing of skin grafts.  It uses a technology similar to inkjet printers: Inkjet Cell Fabricator Prints Healing Flesh Directly Onto Wounds Popular Science By Stuart Fox 04.09.2010 As if fabricating a new heart from scratch wasn’t impressive enough, the doctors…

New Role for Karrikins

This is a nice little study in PNAS.  It is nice for a few reasons.  For one, it is the sort of thing that drives conservatives crazy, for it seems to be a highly detailed study of something useless.  Two, it could turn out to be pretty useful.  Three, when I searched ScienceBlogs for “karrikin,”…

Happy Easter

Well, it is not the traditional flower, but it happens to be what is blooming right now.  The crocuses and daffodils are pretty much spent; the lilies and allium haven’t blossomed yet. These are blossoms on a claretcup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus).

I guess Fox News is starting a series of vignettes, hoping to show that stimulus money is being wasted.  In an early attempt, Hannity and Carlson track down an entomologist, at Michigan State University, who got a $200,000 grant from stimulus funds.  The scientist is Dr. Anthony Cognato, Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology.…

Ghost Chile Update #2

I’ve written before about the world’s hotter chle pepper: the bhut jolokia, rated at over 1 million scoville units. (Sauce available here.)  Now, India has a new use for the infernal things: combatting terrorism. India deploys world’s hottest chilli to fight terrorism Bhut jolokia, or ‘ghost chilli’, to be used for teargas-like grenades to immobilise…

WSJ: Incompetent Ranting

At first, I was going to title this post WSJ: Incompetent Ranting. Then I decided that was too strong.  Then I read the article again, and went back to the original title.  Mind you, this is not intended to be an ad hominem attack.  The author, Edward Shorter, has been the Hannah Professor in the…

A few days ago, there was a minor ripple in the political world, when a media person tried to get John McCain to say that Obama is a socialist.  Even though McCain had hinted at that several times during the campaign, he would never state directly that Obama is a socialist.  Well, he still won’t…

Early Spring

We had little squall clouds today, such that there was interesting light and shadow in the yard.  This made for a nice opportunity to photograph the nectarine tree blossoms.  Emotionally uplifting, I would say.  The only problem is that we now have to watch for frost warnings, then run out and cover the tree if…