Archives for November, 2010

Looooooooook what Ive gooooooooooot! ‘Songs From the Science Frontier‘, a pro-science CD you readers helped happen, is finally out! Its SUPER CUTE! The OKGazette is astonished that Monty Harper & Cos music ‘doesnt induce nausea’ like most kids music, LOL!!! You can hear more from Monty in this podcast he did for OKC Atheists last…

Cool scientists, #2

Id like to take a minute to expand upon my post from yesterday– What I find odd about ‘Science Rock Stars’ is the way scientists and rock stars were awkwardly mashed together. Like mixing peanut butter and Twizzlers. They are both good independently, but unless youve got a real, obvious reason to mush them together,…

Cool scientists

It was 75 degrees yesterday. It got down to 24 today. And pretty much everyone else in the country is under a layer of ice/snow. But Im not gonna write about cold scientists. Im talkin about cool scientists. Chris Mooney, the expert on facades, appearances, and stabbing people in the back with a smile (you…

J. Craig Venter: Designing Life

Its no secret I love Craig Venter. He is inspiring. He is mother fucking inspiring. Never met him, probably wont ever, but I have a feeling his “CRAIG VENTER IS AN ASS!” reputation is similar to Dawkins “RICKARD DAWKINS IS MEAN!!!!” reputation. And even if he is a complete ass, I am inspired by his…

Why are men so looney?

A lot of in the the blagodome are having a great time perusing the ‘Encyclopedia of American Loons‘. Its been up since May, but I guess we all just simultaneously found it or something Its super fun to read– ALL my favorite loons are there! Even some that I think are kinda obscure, like Blondie…

XMRV and HIV/AIDS: Superinfection

Knock knock. Whos there? Not XMRV in African blood donors or HIV/AIDS patients. Absence of detectable xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus in plasma or peripheral blood mononuclear cells of human immunodeficiency virus Type 1-infected blood donors or individuals in Africa. This is the third study not to find XMRV in HIV/AIDS patients. HIV/AIDS patients have…

Teh Pope reads ERV.

Huh. ERV, August 5, 2009– Maybe we just need to fr*me things differently– Condoms arent ‘birth control’, theyre ‘HIV/AIDS control, with unavoidable (but reversible) pregnancy reduction as a side-effect, like chemotherapy for cancer’. Teh Pope, November 20, 2010– While he will restate the Catholic Church’s staunch objections to contraception because it believes it interferes with…

ERV Starship

I guess Im going to have to change the name of ‘ERV’. Before I was just concerned. Now, ERVs are officially not so special at all. Viruses, all kinds of viruses, are all over the place in genomes– from insects to humans. Endogenous Viral Elements in Animal Genomes Carl Zimmers take: Your inner viruses: the…

New cancer virus: Merkel Cell Polyomavirus

About this time last year, I wrote a post on a new cancer virus, XMRV. I had some reservations about that paper I reviewed. I have some reservations about XMRV–>prostate cancer as a whole (Im just not convinced yet. at all.). Its one thing to be skeptical about data, but its another to say ‘Hey,…

Cellular animations: 2010

Long time readers of ERV know that I have a soft-spot for animated depictions of cellular processes. Yes, they are beautiful (to a fault). Yes they are a neat way to explain complex topics to people. But I love them due to the sheer volume of lulz they provide when Creationists try to do them.…