Archives for June, 2009

Its a small world after all!

I know you all read PZs blag, but I really need to take a moment to point out this bit of irony. Casey Luskin I mean, ‘The Discovery Institute’ *WINK!*, just filed a false DMCA claim against a YouTube user for criticizing Luskins appearance on some random FOX News show. Now, Im fairly certain that…

Timetree of Life

FUUUUUN! TimeTree is a public knowledge-base for information on the evolutionary timescale of life. A search utility allows exploration of the thousands of divergence times among organisms in the published literature. A tree-based (hierarchical) system is used to identify all published molecular time estimates bearing on the divergence of two chosen taxa, such as species,…

Hey.

Hey, you all want me to nom this? If you all are interested I will, but if yall are bored with HIV Denier claims Ill ignore him. Or do you all want to nom him? *shrug* I dont mind.

GMO plants and herd immunity

On Colbert Report the other night, I saw Eric Schlosser made a new movie bitching about GMOs and food production in the US, ‘Food Inc’. Im not saying anything until I see it. *zips-lips* However I will use this flurry of ‘OMFG LIEK GMO FOOD IS GEIVING MAH CANKER AND MAEKING MAH FAAAAAT!’ news activity…

Bort grows ERV and CytB trees!

As much as I make fun of IDiots, I have to say that they really do create great science education outreach opportunities. Stupid shit they say is a perfect place to start talking to your friends about weird shit you do everyday. For instance, we all know about Casey Luskins (aka ‘Captain Nipple-Slip’) inability to…

I have to admit, even as a research scientist, used to reading dozens of scientific papers a day, I have a really hard time keeping up with the huge volume of research coming out of the Intelligent Design laboratory, Biologic Institute. With one PR release every other month, ID will be For Realsies Science and…

Haha! Gumming up the works!

Its been years ago, now, that I nomie-nomed up Behes stupid arguments about TEH EDGE UV EVILUTION and HIV-1. Geeze, what, two years ago? And to this day there are still things about Behe that make me literally *LOL* For instance, Ive always loved Behes IDiotic perspective on viruses. You see, bacteria and humans and…

Before I write this post, Im writing this major for realsies ‘notice’, because people have an amazing capacity to do stupid things: The following study demonstrates how a component of green tea, EGCG, can help negate some factors involved in certain kinds of HIV-1 transmission. This does not mean green tea stops HIV-1 transmission. This…

Wherever there is tragedy, you will find PETA picking at carcasses. Literally. With the debate between pro-choice and pro-life adherents rekindled following the shocking murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller at a Wichita church on Sunday, PETA plans to place two billboards in the city. One features the text “Pro-Life? Go Vegetarian” and the…

Geek Dump

1. The new Sookie Stackhouse book came out a few weeks ago, ‘Dead and Gone’. I didnt blag about it because it sucked donkey balls. The general consensus is that it reads like someone other than Charlaine Harris wrote it. Someone who hadnt read the first eight books very well… if at all. Im not…