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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…

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…

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.…

Some of you in the atheisphere remember what happened this past year with ‘Tom Johnson’ and the ‘Youre Not Helping’ blog. Quick recap from Jerry: On October 22 of last year, Chris Mooney put up a post at The Intersection called “Counterproductive attacks on religion–exhibit A.” The “exhibit” was an excerpt from an earlier comment…

Holy crap: Trust

One of the many reasons why I love being a science blogger, is it lets normal people peek into the lives of scientists and our culture. I joked at a recent OKC Atheists meeting that no one would ever make a reality TV show about my lab work– while it is conceptually awesome, its just…

Vivisectiongate

Hey. Hey you all remember a while back, when some climate change denialists hacked into someones email, and released all these ‘damning’ statements on how climate change is all a lie. Except, its not. You know how climate change denialists are normally crazy right wing Christian/Libertarian dipshits? Apparently, crazy left wing hippy freaks arent above…

Geron press release: “We are pleased with the FDA’s decision to allow our planned clinical trial of GRNOPC1 in spinal cord injury to proceed,” said Thomas B. Okarma, Ph.D., M.D., Geron’s president and CEO. “Our goals for the application of GRNOPC1 in subacute spinal cord injury are unchanged – to achieve restoration of spinal cord…