Archives for July, 2010

ONE MILLION VISITORS!

I was so scared this was gonna happen while I was at the dentist this morning, but some time this afternoon/evening, New ERV (not including Old ERV) is gonna get its one millionth visitor! YAY! Normally I would demand sacrifices and lulz for a big celebration, but I got Lortab, so… Im going to go…

A few weeks ago, Slate ran this pointed article about the FDAs refusal to allow homosexual men to donate blood. Quick summary: Yes, homosexual men are ‘at risk’ for HIV-1 infection. But the majority of HIV-1+ homosexual men are aware of their status, thanks to increased HIV-1 awareness in their social community. African Americans also…

The Grim Cirriculum

I had a terrible nightmare last night. Starcraft II came out, and I was playing it opening day with lots of other people… and like, I totally forgot how to play Starcraft. All my soldiers were dying. My rocket launchers were getting blown up. And for some reason I had a ton of money and…

The luxury of anti-vaccinationism

There was some big news last week, that believe it or not, did not involve delusional, myopic, hypocritical bloggers on the internet. FOR REALZ! At the International Papillomavirus Conference, at a symposium sponsored by QIAGEN, QIAGEN announced that their super awesome HPV test was approved for use in the Third World: … the careHPV test…

Saturday Shillery: Quaker Oats

Here at SciBlogs, there are apparently very specific rules we have to follow for shillery. Scientists writing about their presentations and conferences, radio programs, debates, books, etc: GOOD Science ‘journalists’ writing about their books, appearances/signings, TV shows, movies: GOOD Mark CC writing about Google and Google products: GOOD Pepsi scientists writing about the science of…

Antibody Discovered for 91% of HIV Strains *sigh* For all intents and purposes, Ive talked about this before. Not *this* antibody, but other SUPER AWESOME ANTIBODIES OMFG BREAKTHROUGH! Your adaptive immune system operates by, what I would call, picoevolution. It is chance + random mutations + natural selection. Lets say both you and I get…

One of the scary things about filoviruses (eg Ebola, Marburg)… is that we dont know where they comes from. We know how polio is transmitted. We know how HIV-1 is transmitted. We know how influenza is transmitted. We know how rabies is transmitted. Even if you dont have good vaccines or good therapies, if you…

SciBlogs caves to hysterics

All I ask from people… All I fucking ask from people, is intellectual consistency. And this seemingly simple request is apparently, impossible. I dont believe a fucking word, of anyone, who has FREAKED THE FUCK OUT over the fucking Pepsi Blog. And heres why. JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY/CONFLICTS OF INTEREST/POLITICAL BIAS OBSTRUCTING SCIENCE In 2008-2009, we had…

BULLSHIT: Fast Food

I had a really cool post scheduled for today (found more viruses in mammalian genomes that are NOT retroviral. Its EBOLA AND MARBURG. IN GENOMES.) but theres no point in posting it right now because everyone is freaking out about Pepsi. Im not sacrificing a cool post to a blog drama moment. So, for now,…

Mountin Dew is the best soda ever made.

True to my red-neck/gamer nature, I too think that Mountain Dew is the best soda pop ever made. Though I am a fan of Classic Green Mountain Dew, I also love Blue Mountain Dew (IT TASTES LIKE BLUE!!!), and Red Mountain Dew kicks fucking ass. These are my abs: If you want to bitch about…