Science News

The Corpus Callosum

Category archives for Science News

Perfect Bumpersticker

This is an illustration of Basilosaurus, a fossil whale discovered in Egypt by Phil Gingerich and colleagues.  Gingerich is the guy who taught me everything I know knew about collecting fossils. I wanted on the team that went to Egypt, though.  I had other priorities, like medical school.  Can’t do everything. Anyway, here is an…

Just Say No! to Mars

When I was 11 or so, I read Heinlein’s novel, Podkayne of Mars.  I wanted to go to Mars after that.  The thought never really left me.  But in June of this year, I began to have my doubts.  Scientists reported that the soil on Mars is suitable for growing ASPARAGUS.  Forget Mars.  Keep your…

Of Earthquakes and Pigs

Geophysicists have issued a warning, that the May earthquake in China has increased the risk of a follow-up quake. Geophysicists used computer models to calculate the changes in stress along the Xianshuihe, Kunlun, and Min Jiang faults—strike-slip faults like the San Andreas—which lie about 150 to 450 kilometers (90 to 280 miles) from the Longmen…

A Cunning Disregard For Security

This seems very odd.  The Internet — including web sites and email — has been found to have a very serious security flaw.  Civilized places such as Sweden and Puerto Rico are already fixing the problem.  There are plans to improve security for US .gov and .mil sites (government and military , respectively).  Yet, the…

The Internet was abuzz for a bit today, when Engaget reported that a lithium-ion battery was in development, that could store 20 times as much energy as existing batteries, with lower cost.   But then it was clarified that battereis could deliver 20 times more power.   Apparently, the original article is behind a pay…

Jonah posted an interesting video of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) on The Frontal Cortex.  That got me to wondering if there was anything new.   In January 2007, the US FDA concluded that rTMS was safe, but they were unconvinced of its effectiveness.  Their conclusion was arguable, but the arguments fell short.  For one thing, the…

Poisoning Ourselves

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it was noticed that there were cuts in the budget to the Environmental Protection Agency.  The rationale was that we needed to shift more funds to the global and perpetual war on terror.   At the time, I said that “the terrorists” won’t have to bother…

Roundup-Resistant Weeds

Here at ScienceBlogs, we’ve regularly posted about the thorny issue of antibiotic overuse, and the subsequent antibiotic resistance.  This is a good example of evolution in action; it’s also a good reason why we need to study and understand evolution.   But antibiotic resistance is not the only such example.  The same principle applies to…

In-Home Test for Bipolar Disorder

GrrlScientist wrote a post last month about a potential genetic test for bipolar disorder.  Read that first to get some background. Now, it turns out that a company is selling a testing kit that you can use yourself, in the privacy of your own home, to see if you have genes that increase the risk…

Encyclopedia of Life

There is a new website, Encyclopedia of Life.  It is an online resource that aims “to document all species of life on Earth.”  One featured species is Pissodes strobi (Peck), the White pine weevil. The site currently contains: About 25 exemplar species pages. These pages show the kind of rich environment, with extensive information, to…