Archives for August, 2009

You know youre a nerd when: 1. You squeeeeee with excitement when the secretary tells you there is extra grant money you can use to order textbooks 2. You hand over a list of books you want to the secretary in ~30 seconds, because you keep a running list of stats/virus/evolution books you want 3.…

ERV on IG

Welp, Mooney chickened out. Again. I feel bad for Reggie, because this is totally my fault– Reggie is a very congenial interviewer. Hes been earning street-cred since the internet was born, interviewing top dogs like Eugenie Scott, Richard Dawkins, Ken Miller, James Randi, Barbara Forrest… But after I alerted you all to Mooneys appearance, apparently…

ERV vs Ray Comfort?

Ha. Ray Comfort (ie, insufferable attention whore) is cruising for tricks atheist kids to debate in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, he is going to run into the same problems Charles Jackson had. While Professional Evangelical Freaks can draw crowds on the coasts, they arent exactly a novelty in Oklahoma. Theyre the norm. So the atheist kids I…

A group of scientists from Mexico (Catholic population: >90%) have written a nice letter to Teh Pope in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Its brilliant because its so simple and straightforward in its reasoning why Teh Pope should support condom use. The Pope, condoms, and the evolution of HIV Lets pretend we live in a magical…

New HIV-1 from gorillas

Nothing wakes me up on a rainy Monday morning like viral nomenclature! So we have two kinds of HIV. HIV-1 we got from chimpanzees. HIV-2 we got from sooty mangabeys. HIV-1 is further divided into Group M, N, and O, each resulting from a different zoonotic event from chimpanzees. Several years ago, we identified SIV…

Just an observation.

DRAMA-LLAMA-DING-DONG! Just an observation. Move along, unless youre bored on a Sunday afternoon.