Archives for January, 2011

There are lots of ways a scientific paper can make me laugh. Sometimes I lol because the research is just so goddamn stupid. Sometimes I lol in derision. And rarely, I lol when someone does something conceptually simple, but incredibly clever, and it makes me happy. I read an abstract, laugh, read the rest of…

The Pill for HIV-1

An interesting paper on HIV-1 prevention came out while I was on my Grand Adventure: Preexposure Chemoprophylaxis for HIV Prevention in Men Who Have Sex with Men Quick summary: They used an antiretroviral, Truvada, as a prophylactic drug. That is, you take this antiretroviral every day in the hopes of preventing infection as opposed to…

The Antarctica Files: Penguin Highway!

Penguins share parenting responsibilities 50-50– one parent watches the nest, one parent gets to go feed, and then they switch. Over and over and over. Well some of these damn rookeries were WAY far away from the water! HUGE journeys for little foot-tall penguins, especially when they can only waddle on land, especially when the…

Behe vs ERV irl?

Darwin vs. Design Why It Matters, And What We Can Do About It • A TWO-DAY CONFERENCE • Crossings Community Church Sanctuary & Atrium Friday, March 25 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Saturday, March 26 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) Hear LIVE from leading national experts from the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture: •…

Just watch the video. My friend recording this for me was too far away to catch what I was saying. Apparently, I was cussing like a sailor and cracking everyone up (you can hear them roaring with laughter in the background). I think I said something along the lines of “WHY DID YOU ALL TELL…

“It made you ashamed to be human”

Friday, I was walking down the hallway when a professor friend waved me down– PF– Hey! Are you still involved with that pitbull rescue? Me– LOL! That wasnt a ‘rescue’… I just sorta find pitbulls and find them homes… LOL! PF– I know a family that wants to adopt. Me– O.o (I figured she found…

The Antarctica Files: Seal Madness

Okay, once again, I dont like birds. I was no way at risk of developing Penguin Madness. Seal Madness, though… that was a different matter all together. Unfortunately, I have this habit… when Arnie is taking an afternoon nap, fat black puppy butt lying in the sun, I physically cannot resist running up to him…

Assault with a deadly weapon: HIV-1, again

I have no idea what the deal is, but for the past few days, my Google News Alert for ‘HIV’ has been full of stories of people not disclosing their HIV-1(+) status to their sexual partners. You cant do that. FORSYTH, Mo. – A Branson man pleaded guilty to infecting his girlfriend with HIV, without…

GMO chickens and herd immunity

HA! You remember a while ago, I wrote about how GMO papaya creates a population of ‘papaya’ that has herd immunity against papaya ringspot virus, thus is able to protect non-GMO papaya from the virus? Theyre trying to do a similar thing with chickens (any commercial bird, really– ducks, geese, turkeys, etc) and avian flu!…

Just to reenforce this aspect of my personality: I dont like birds. Yes, they are pretty, as long as they are ‘over there’ and arent all up in my face about being birds. I mean, Im not all up in their face screaming “IM A HUMAN”, rite? Anyway, I think birds instinctively know that I…