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Oh my gawd this is so fun! You know how we are always screaming online about some stupid thing Jenny McCarthy or Bill O’Reilly has said/done? A group of folks at Sense About Science have gotten together some of the stupid, if not outright dangerous ‘potentially misleading’ things celebrities have said about earth science/heath/diet/etc and…

24 hours of absurdity in virology

The strangest things have happened in the past 24 hours. 1– New FDA approved clinical trial of anti-HIV vaccine YAY, right? Except I have no idea what the hell they are proposing to do in this clinical trial, other than what was mentioned in press releases– Its some kind of killed virus. Why the hell…

Realistic depiction of the scientific process

My favorite ‘artistic rendition’ of the scientific process, the only realistic depiction of what science is/how it is done on TV, is this montage from Big Bang Theory. This flow-chart is pretty damn accurate too: See more on Know Your Meme This is what you are getting into if you want to be a scientist–…

BlogBrother Ethan Siegel just caught (yet another) scientist manipulating data to generate the conclusion they want… not the conclusion the data actually supports. Exposing a Climate Science Fraud Yeah, thats how we roll on SciBlogs. But in my example, the scientists actively hid relevant data from other scientists they were speaking to/the journals they were…

OK Earthquake 2011

We get little earthquakes all the time in OK. This is my usual reaction: Department mates running into the hallway: OMFG WHAT WAS THAT??? Me: Wat? Department mates: HOLY CRAP THAT WAS AN EARTHQUAKE!! Me: … I didnt feel anything… … … Thats what she said. But this Saturday we had the strongest quake in…

‘Human animals’

The Southern Poverty Law Center just published an article on an interview they did with an animal liberation freak, Camille Marino (you remember her). There isnt really anything I feel I need to say about it. I think Marino says it all. Marino thinks so too. After the article was published, she wanted it pulled:…

PERVs not a risk, manimals imminent

If there is one ERV I genuinely love talking about on ERV, its PERVs– Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses. And you all should care about them too– Pigs and their PERVs (or, lack of PERVs, or lack of infectious PERVs) might one day have a direct impact on you or your friends/family. Clinical trials involving tissue from…

PLoS supports scientists

I have to give a huge round of applause to PLoS, specifically, PLoS ONE, and their handling of the XMRV fiasco. Some of you might remember, early 2010 PLoS published the very first ‘Umm… XMRV isnt there…’ paper, Failure to Detect the Novel Retrovirus XMRV in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To a scientist, it was interesting,…

lol, WUT?

This is, quite possibly, the biggest science journalism fail in the history of ever. IN THE HISTORY OF EVER. *heavy sigh* OKAY, when we discover new drugs and antivirals and such, we usually dont build these pharmaceuticals from scratch. We steal them from evolution, and try to make them *better* for *our* purposes in the…

As a scientist and a blogger and a science communicator, I luvs me some open access publishing! I can link to a paper everyone can read, people can leave questions or comments or ideas in my comment section– its interactive and educational and a lot more fun for everyone (I end up learning a lot…