Archives for October, 2010

Dr. Kiki and ERV, LIVE!

Im going to be doing a live show for This Week in Science tonight! Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour Gonna talk about endogenous retroviruses and how to bring them back to life (just in time for Halloween!!) and all sorts of fun stuff (HIV-1, epigenetics, etc)! They uploaded the video if you couldnt catch it live–…

Some of you in the atheisphere remember what happened this past year with ‘Tom Johnson’ and the ‘Youre Not Helping’ blog. Quick recap from Jerry: On October 22 of last year, Chris Mooney put up a post at The Intersection called “Counterproductive attacks on religion–exhibit A.” The “exhibit” was an excerpt from an earlier comment…

REPOST: Frankenstein Viruses

This is a repost from the old ERV. A retrotransposed ERV Its Halloween time, and we just got a BRAND NEW FRANKENSTEIN ERV! To prime you all for that post, heres a repost on an OLD FRANKENSTEIN ERV! Remember, ERVs are junk. These are not zombie viruses. Scientists are not taking totally functional but silenced…

Dear Age of Autism…

Dear Age of Autism– Dont ever link to ERV again. I dunno whether you know this or not, but I get paid per page view. If you link to me, it means my check for the month is tainted with your filth. That makes me want to puke. There is no point in you linking…

Holy crap: Trust

One of the many reasons why I love being a science blogger, is it lets normal people peek into the lives of scientists and our culture. I joked at a recent OKC Atheists meeting that no one would ever make a reality TV show about my lab work– while it is conceptually awesome, its just…

Holy crap.

Richard Dawkins sues forum moderator for embezzlement O.o

Religion. Iz so elegants.

Living in Oklahoma, I get an especially fine kick out of Ivory Tower Theists like Karen Armstrong and Terry Eagleton trying to talk about how/what religion ‘really’ is. Their words bear no resemblance to the theism I interact with on a daily basis. Those ‘straw-men’ and ‘caricatures’ of theism Gnu Atheists attack? Those are real…

OKCAtheists: Best atheist group ever.

Jen, over at BlagHag, has recently started graduate school in Seattle. Apparently, despite being in a hippie liberal city, Seattles atheist meet-up has a lot of the same problems as other atheist groups– small, few female members, and too many of the people who do show up are assholes. Ive dealt with small groups before…

I dont think I really need to add much commentary to this. A brief conversation with Mary Fallin Q: Creation or evolution? A: I believe in creation. Q: Science or religion? A: I am a woman of faith, and my faith is very important to me. It’s a daily part of my life. So religion…

GMO NOMS: Here fishy fishy fishy…

Anastasia over at Biofortified has a post up on the science behind the GMO salmon recently submitted to the FDA. Risk assessment and mitigation of AquAdvantage salmon Hehehe, its interesting to see where the luddites/technophobes got the ‘DER BE ANTIFREEZE GENES IN DEM DAR FISHIES!’ I thought they were just pulling that one straight out…