Archives for July, 2011

Rep. Bachmann, Leeches And Other Cures

Photo: Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. When the leech begins its work – using its 360 minuscule teeth to scissor in – he laughs, “Now we are into business!” (Andrew Plucinski, hirudotherapist.) Could leeches help Rep. Michele Bachmann’s affliction?

Anders Behring Breivik is an admitted mass murderer of the victtims at Oslo, providing some answers. He referred to his own crimes as “atrocious” but “necessary.” More than 92 people are dead because of his actions. Most media coverage has focused on the terrorist, the mass murderer, the anti-Islamist and far right fundamentalist Christian. No…

Oslo Update: At Least 80 Killed at Utøya

A horrific update of the impact from this terrible event, from Reuters, far more than the earlier estimate of 17 victims.

Profile of Arrested Oslo Terrorist

Hours after the terrible deaths in Oslo, police arrested a 32 year old man, Anders Behring Breivik, suspected for the crimes, described as “Nationalist, Anti-Islamic, Anti-Multiculturalism, liked and plays World of Warcraft.”

Source. A newsworthy study about a genetic signature of centenarians published in Science has not stood up to scrutiny by the blogosphere and peer scientists and has now been formally retracted by the authors.

Goodbye, Google Labs

Google has announced that it will “wind down” Google Labs. This is disappointing given the power of these tools for teaching and research, not to mention that using these applications is just plain fun.

Oysters, With a Side of Mothballs

Source, Vanessa Pike-Russell’s Flickr photostream. No, this is not a bizarre recipe. First, the good news. Extensive testing of seafood from the Gulf shows that “99%” are safe to eat, despite the fact that the fate of some one million barrels of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig is unknown.

Fourteen year old internet sensation Rebecca Black just released a follow up video “My Moment” after her debut of “Friday” that went viral with more than 167 million views. Attention at this scale landed her a spot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a music video with Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night“.

A 9/11 Nightmare, Running in High Heels

Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I’ve had at the movies. Roger Ebert Having witnessed the destruction of the twin towers on 9/11 from across the Hudson river, it was…

Source. What ever happened to Prof. Al-Singace, a Bahraini enginner who “was taken forcibly from his home on March 17th and imprisoned without charge”?