Archives for November, 2012

Lets say you are a professional/expert on Topic X. One day, you get a call from an Emmy winning, top day-time talk show. They want you to come on their show to talk about Topic X! “OMG!!! YAAAAAY!!!” you would surely be thinking. “A platform to educate the public about Topic X! Millions of people…

Dan Savage at OU! Judge Jones at OU!

Whos next, David Bowie?? Dan Savage will be THIS THURSDAY, November 29 at 7 pm: The event will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, according to the event’s Facebook page. Free food will be provided at 6:30 p.m. before Savage’s keynote at 7 p.m. A…

Scientists all around the world are creating legions of genetically modified viruses to treat/cure human afflictions, from nicotine addiction to hemophilia (A and B). One disease a lot of folks are focused on in brain cancer.  Certainly not a monolithic entity– but scientists are working on viruses against them all.  One of the viruses on…

Ask anyone who has stood up to quacks/charlatans/nutbars– Crazy people be CRAZY. Someone tries to educate the public, move their field, shine a candle in a demon haunted world, stand up for what they think is right, and they are rewarded with insane emails (check!), often including threats of physical violence (check!), badgering emails to…

Got Nexus 4. Halp. Wat do?

After all this blog has been through– Exposing Creationist plagiarism and idiocy, laughing in the faces of anti-vaxers/HIV denialists/GMO alarmists/other anti-science quacks, effectively eradicating a ‘retrovirus’– This might be one of the most controversial posts on ERV, ever. I got a Nexus 4. “*rolleyes* Yes, Android vs Apple, how ‘controversial’. And by ‘controversial’ we mean…

PIGS! PERVS!!

We now have the complete pig (aka Sus scrofa) genome!  You know what that means……….!!! PERVs!!!! Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution While I am a huge fan of all ERVs, including PERVs, PERVs hold a special place in my heart. Literally. Physicians can use pig parts and organs for…

HIVs controlled by HERVs

Technically, its the immune response to the HERVs that can control the HIVs, not the HERVs directly. Ive written about the proposed connection between ERVs and HIV a couple times before– Briefly, viruses do lots of things by accident.  Things just happen.  Sometimes viruses make us blind for no good reason, or give us cancer…

FREE CANDY!

Veterans Day parades. Thanksgiving parades.  Christmas parades.  Halloween parades.  St. Patricks Day parades.  MLK Day parades.  Gay Pride parades.  Fourth of July parades. Parades are a fantastic way for atheists to advertise, get positive exposure, and reach out to a wide variety of people… … If you do it right.  If you do it wrong,…

Bad Idea of the Day: Halal Pharmaceuticals

One of the more amusing aspects of ‘You are only criticizing Islam because you are RACIST AGAINST MIDDLE-EASTERNERS!!!!’ is the fact that most Muslims do not live in the Middle-East. They live in Asia. Case in point: Indonesia, where about >87% of the population is Muslim.  12.7% of all Muslims live in Indonesia (Iraq? 1.2%).…

GMO corn for LSD

Since the anti-science foo-foo hippies lost their bid to have all foods labeled ‘CONTAINS GMO WARBLEGARBLE! TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!’, a group of scientists at the Evil League of Evil have generated GMO corn for LSD. I guess as a gesture of good-will, or something. There. I hope everyones happy now. *whisperswhisperswhispers* What? *whisperswhisperswhispers* The GMO…