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Archives for October, 2008

While Barack Obama continues to draw huge crowds (tens of thousands, sometimes over 100,000), John McCain’s are more modest. Yesterday he had an estimated 6000 in Ohio. Never mind that 4,000 were bused in from local school districts, including the aptly named 2500 Defiance School District. I’m sure they were most interested. One person who…

The last time we looked at the high containment laboratory in Galveston, Texas, it was directly in the path of Hurricane Ike. Flooding from Ike devastated Galveston but it was a comparatively weak storm, Category 2 on the Sumner Simpson scale. Katrina was a Cat 4. The worst storms are the huge Category 5 affairs.…

Endorsing Obama

As I write this the Obama-Biden ticket has been endorsed by 231 newspapers across the country, the McCain-Palin ticket by only 102 (see here for latest tally). The final Kerry-Bush score was 213 – 205. Most of us don’t really care that much about the newspaper endorsement bragging rights and I doubt it makes much…

BPA: clouding up the FDA’s all clear

We’ve been keeping an eye out for the FDA’s expert task force review of their own draft report on bisphenol-A (BPA; for more posts see here, here, here, here, here for other BPA posts). We previously reported to you the concern that the (outside) chair of that expert panel had a risk assessment institute at…

So much misery in this world

There is a lot of misery in this world, too much of it the result of what we humans do to each other. And it’s getting worse. A typical example, is a country where 28% of the children are malnourished, up from 19% five years ago; where in 2006 11% of the newborns were underweight,…

The Obama campaign has made much of the McCain campaign’s “erratic” performance but there are some things he has been steady and consistent about. Like reproductive rights. He’s against them. Steadily. Consistently. You surely know McCain wants to make abortion illegal again in the US. But he’s not content to stop there:

Governor Palin’s “fruitfly moment” was a display of her utter contempt and disregard for modern science, perhaps even more emblematic than her belief that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. But John McCain has his own moments where we can see his true self: “It has to be safe, environment, blah, blah, blah”? Translation: “I don’t really…

Antibiotic resistant bugs at the beach

Most people know that a good place to pick up an antibiotic resistant infection is in a hospital. Lots of pathogenic bugs there living (often) happily in a sea of antimicrobial agents. Better to stay away from hospitals, somewhere nice. But apparently, not at the beach:

A number of people, including here at Science Blogs, have noted, with the contempt it deserves, Governor Palin’s comments about fruit flies the other day. In case you haven’t seen it (where have you been?), here it is again: I’ll make this a lot shorter just by incorporating by reference and associating myself with remarks…

Rotavirus vaccine: fingers crossed

Earaches, respiratory infections and diarrhea are the bane of existence for young parents. All are potentially the result of contagious agents. The most common agent for diarrhea in infants and children is rotavirus, a double-stranded DNA virus, that CDC estimates causes 400,000 doctor visits, 200,000 emergency room visits and 55.000 to 70,000 hospitalizations each year…