Archives for May, 2010

Tick tock on the molecular clock

I got a giggle from reading Larry (and then John Hawks) talking about time travel. Kinda. I mean, people using science to look back in time, and orient themselves in that different era to such a degree they can gain information about said time. Scientists arent just guessing when they estimate when humans and chimpanzees…

I am a huge fan of video games. Bro playing Atari is one of my first memories. Mom and Dad got Bro and I a Nintendo right when they came out. We got a Tandy 2000 when they first came out, and I can remember Bro and I teaming up for hours of Kings Quest.…

AutismOne livestream

If you want to stab yourself in your face, AutismOne has a live-stream for their speakers available: Free live streaming by Ustream Im watching some presentation now (dial-up, w00t!). This woman (Laurette Janak, qualifications: Mom) is ‘teaching’ Paul Offit some ‘science’ with cartoon figures. She is really sciencey and not even remotely crazy. Quote someone…

FDA warns Lenny Horowitz

My bestest buddy on planet Earth, HIV Denier and snake-oil peddler Lenny Horowitz, finally caught the attention of the FDA for the crap he is selling on his websites (full warning letter below the fold):

Its time once again for my yearly forced vacation. So I have some time to read/respond to some great emails from readers! Dear ERV– I am just a random reader of your blog and several other science blogs. I’m sorry to bother you with this, but your contact me page was written in lolcat so…

I didnt know what to say about Venter & Crew making a bacterial genome from scratch. No such luck from the BASTION of child rape, homophobia, misogyny, and flat out stupidity human morality and ethics, the Catholic Church: Church warns cell scientists not to play God Catholic Church officials said Friday that the recently created…

ARTIFICIAL LIFE WARBLGARBLE!!!

Okay, Ive been trying to figure out what I can add to the OMFGTHEYMADEABACTERIAFROMSCRATCH hysteria. I cant come up with much more than ‘WARBLEGARBLE!!!!!!!’, but luckily, many others in the blagosphere didnt totally lose their heads and have some great posts up (leave links to your favorites in the comments, I missed some, I know).…

You laugh, you lose: Learn to better communicate your research to non-scientists at the Workshop on Communicating Science & Engineering with Chris Mooney When: May 24, 2010-9am-1pm. Lunch will be provided. Where: MIT- Room/Bldg TBA Why: These days, amid ongoing media controversies over climate change, the teaching of evolution, the safety of vaccines, and many…

Hey do you guys remember Michael Behe? Massive douche, wrote books about how EVILUTION IS IMPOSSI-BLEH! Gave school boards/teachers an excuse to teach Creationism in public school classrooms and pretend they were teaching science? He was like, the cock-of-the-walk when ‘Darwins Black Box’ came out, but then he made a total ass of himself testifying…

OKLAHOMA! F*CK YEAH!

1. Mute your computer 2. Watch this video. I didnt take this video, but this was our weather in OKC yesterday. Make sure you catch the 2 minute mark: Oklahoma Hot Tub: When baseball sized hail pelts your swimming pool. LOL!