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I’m covering the Olympics, too

When I heard ace flu reporter Helen Branswell was covering the Olympics, I said to myself, “Hey, if she can do it, so can I!” So I’m covering the Olympics:

This just in . . .

It’s easy to lose track of current events during the holidays, so here’s an update of the week’s most important news. We lead off with a breaking swine flu story:

Peer review is hell

If you are a publishing scientist this will hit home. It’s making the rounds of the science community, so you may have seen it, but if you haven’t, it’s hilarious. In fact it’s still hilarious after the third and fourth times through. Warning: If you are sensitive about Hitler associated parodies, don’t watch it; I…

A virus walks into a bar . . .

All geeks love science jokes (one of my favorites: what’s purple and drives to work? Answer: an Abelian grape [explanation, the elements of an Abelian group commute, i.e., a + b = b + a]). Science jokes are good. You can learn some science from them. In particular, the first three or four of this…

The vaccine problem as seen from a different angle: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

As Mrs. R. remarked, it’s American ingenuity at work. Or something. She was referring to the winner of the 2009 Public Health IgNobel Award. For those of you who don’t know about the IgNobel Prizes given each year in a variety of categories for scientific or engineering achievements (as documented in scientific journal articles or…

Bats, rabies and how Congress reacts

Bats are no doubt fascinating animals. They also carry rabies. And I’ll be honest with you. Rabies scares the crap out of me. Most people know that rabies is caused by a virus that is spread through the saliva of an infected animal. Because the virus attacks the nervous system, rabid animals often act aggressively…

Now that the initial rush is over, time to settle in for the long(er) haul. It’s 3 am here. Good time to clear the air and lighten up: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c Snoutbreak ’09 – The Last 100 Days thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Economic Crisis Political…

The Onion: FDA approves Salmonella

My problem with The Onion is that sometimes their pieces are so good I can’t figure out how to extract pull quotes. I just want to reprint the whole damn thing and that’s not exactly “fair use.” So if want to read it all you’ll have to go there (link with pull quote after the…

Computer rage

The good news (for me) is I’ve been doing a lot of science lately. The bad news is that I have had to use some research software written in C# that uses Microsoft’s .Net framework. Said another way, I, a long time Mac user, have been forced to use the Windoz operating system. It’s not…