Archives for January, 2011

NOW. Do not read this post. Hook your computers up to your external hard-drives, back up your data, then come back to read this post. … Okay, Im assuming the only people reading right now are people with Apple–>Leopard–>Time Machine, and already have things constantly backed up, or non-scientists who want to know what the…

The Antarctica Files: Penguin Sex.

Yes, you read that right. Penguin sex. You know youve always wondered. Now you can see it for yourself.

I was reading the next segment of Brian Deers expose on Andrew Wakefield this morning, and I couldnt help but notice some similarities between Andrew Wakefield and Judy Mikovits. Mikovits was plucked from obscurity by people with an agenda. The only thing the people with the agenda didnt have was science to support their agenda.…

The Antarctica Files: Penguin Madness!

Before were allowed to do ANYTHING on Antarctica, we had a lecture on what we could and could not do while we were visiting. Even though everyone was ecologically conscientious, there were tons of things we had to do that none of us would have thought of on our own. We had to vacuum our…

There is some percentage of the population who have a better prognosis if infected with HIV-1 than the rest of us. Remember those pirate flags and sombreros I talk about sometimes? Major histocompatibility complexes, type I. Some people put up HIV-1 flags that are easily recognizable as ‘NOT SELF!!’ to their cytotoxic T-cells, so they…

The Silence of the Media Whores

I have nothing against media whores, per se. Kathy Griffin do what she gotta do to pay the bills. Snookie is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame. The Situation actually appears to be making the most of the situation. But then you have the kinds of media whores like Chris Mooney. The whores who deny…

The Antarctica Files: Whales make me sick.

A Midwesterner on the Drake Passage, some of the most notoriously rough waters on the planet. Yeah. I was pretty much planning on barfing all the way there and all the way back, only daring to hope that I would have a few days of non-barfing while we were at Antarctica. So I slapped on…

For some reason, our local FOX affiliate decided to cover a blog post by Sanjay Gupta: Anger at God common, even among atheists Technically they were covering some study by Julie Exline, but considering the fact no one has linked to it, and I cant find it anywhere online, lets be honest. It was opinions…

XMRV and Occams Razor

Long time readers of ERV know that I do not believe a ‘new’ retrovirus, XMRV, is the causative agent of any human disease. It does not make sense as a real human pathogen, unless you disregard field basics (or make up new ‘rules’). New cell transformation/cancer rules. New transmission/epidemiology rules. New immunology rules. New virology…

The Antarctica Files: Back!

Hi guys! I am officially back from Antarctica. I do not want to be. I didnt want to leave. Normally I am very much an ‘Oklahoma’ girl– mountains are pretty, but they make me claustrophobic. Oceans do too. I like plains. Horizon going to forever in every direction. But I never got sick of the…