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My heart sank as I stood on the Metro platform at the Zoo stop and watched the second completely full train pull away. All those stories of people in Japan pushing people into trains started to make sense. It seemed there was no other way to get on the train and getting the rally looked…

One of my all time favorite books is South: The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance (The Explorers Club Classic) . It’s an amazing adventure and an incredible story. It’s a comfort to know that any challenges I face will be easier than those conquered by Shackleton. Luckily, traveling to Antarctica these days…

They could have used the data from my serial killer survey, but no, being scientists or science-related, the ScienceBlogs overseers want to find out for themselves. Plus the chance of winning and iPod is higher than the chance of winning the lottery and you don’t even have to buy a ticket. Take the survey, maybe…

Maybe there’s something a little bit odd about having a gingerbread construction contest to raise funds for researching juvenile diabetes. Maybe these gingerbread houses aren’t environmentally proper or particularly sustainable. But they are impressive. If you’re in Seattle over the holidays, you can see them at the Sheraton Hotel until Jan 2nd and even help…

I dreamed I was memed

And I was. It was the dreaded Seven Random and Weird things meme! It’s on the loose and I’ve been tagged. The rules are: Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of…

At least this is what I imagine it’s like to live with someone who has bipolar disorder. Tonight – Sept. 19th, between 7-8 pm EDT, there will a “blogger’s conference with the experts,” discussing this very thing. The transcript will be posted and you can learn more about the event here.

Yes, indeed. I got the Red Hot blog of the Day award from RedOrbit. Not for science, though; it’s for showing why genome sequencing is expensive. Sigh.

Okay, gossip really isn’t my thing and I’m not going to make a habit of it, but I’m really kind of surprised by this. Tech crunch (as I learned from Deepak and Eye on DNA) has a post on 23 and me that is quite bothersome. Apparently, one of the Google founders has invested in…

It’s dyscalculia. The curse of math instructors everywhere. A few years ago, students at the community college, where I taught, petitioned to have math removed from the list of courses that were required for a degree. Part of the reason, they argued, was that one student claimed that he shouldn’t have to take math because…

I don’t often play these meme games but since none of the other female SciBlings have jumped on the bandwagon, and I’ve read at least as much science fiction as some of the other Scibs in the game (PZ, Mark, Afrensis, Orac, Joseph, Bora, and John), I just had to join in. First, for the…