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WARBLEGARBLETHISISSOCOOLYALL! Where to start? You all are aware of the fact we have ‘science education issues’ here in Oklahoma? Well not everyone here is sitting on their hands, shaking their heads, bemoaning what a shame it is. A fellow who lives in Stillwater, Monty Harper, is actually trying to do something about it in a…

This sounds like a science-fiction novel, but the following is totally true: In 1967, a group of folks in Marburg Germany doing research with African Grivets, all got sick. Apparently they picked up a new virus from the grivets, and 7 of the 31 infected people died of hemorrhagic fever. This Marburg virus (close relative…

Sure, its traumatic, but some scientists/MDs could have used a lesson like this when they were younger. I’ve never been very good at math or science. I enjoyed the stories embedded in history and literature but lost interest when it came to periodic functions and the table of elements. So in sixth grade, when each…

Its time once again for my yearly forced vacation. So I have some time to read/respond to some great emails from readers! Dear ERV– I am just a random reader of your blog and several other science blogs. I’m sorry to bother you with this, but your contact me page was written in lolcat so…

I didnt know what to say about Venter & Crew making a bacterial genome from scratch. No such luck from the BASTION of child rape, homophobia, misogyny, and flat out stupidity human morality and ethics, the Catholic Church: Church warns cell scientists not to play God Catholic Church officials said Friday that the recently created…

ARTIFICIAL LIFE WARBLGARBLE!!!

Okay, Ive been trying to figure out what I can add to the OMFGTHEYMADEABACTERIAFROMSCRATCH hysteria. I cant come up with much more than ‘WARBLEGARBLE!!!!!!!’, but luckily, many others in the blagosphere didnt totally lose their heads and have some great posts up (leave links to your favorites in the comments, I missed some, I know).…

Stephen Hawking is wrong– Revisited

There was something bothering me about Stephen Hawkings position on aliens. Some memory that wasnt resurfacing properly. As I was clicking though Netflix last night, I remembered. Dear Stephen Hawking– You dont need to worry about aliens invading our planet to escape their own polluted world. The Rock got Sara and Seth to Witch Mountain…

Abbies deep, dark secret: Dr. Who makes me cry. Every episode. Every episode I end up bawling for some reason or another. So I always watch it by myself, and I make sure to have some ‘Family Guy’ or ‘Mighty Boosh’ ready to cheer me up afterwords. One of the worst is episode 158, “The…

Varmus head of National Cancer Institute!

WHOO!! Harold Varmus is gonna be the next head of the National Cancer Institute (probably, still a non-confirmed nerd rumor)! *excited peter griffin giggle*

The ballad of Leeroy Hargis

Burns Hargis. If Burns Hargis were a gamer, hed be Leeroy Jenkins. Hes a newb. He messed up. And its screwed over everyone. Apparently Hargis admitted he ‘messed up‘, personally deciding to reject NIH funds: Hargis told faculty Thursday that he erred in not talking to OSU scientists before quashing a research project that involved…