General Science

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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…

I love it when a research paper makes me laugh. This paper makes me laugh. It is AWESOME!! Continuous Quinacrine Treatment Results in the Formation of Drug-Resistant Prions Okay, heres the deal: Prions cause disease by making ‘normal’ proteins fold wrong. When they fold wrong, they clump up together to form amyloid fibrils (wrote about…

Quite possibly one of the weirdest things I have ever witnessed in my scientific career– The president of Oklahoma State University has ‘forbidden’ an ethics panel approved, NIH funded research project on ‘his’ campus. What kind of abominable research are these Satan worshiping scientists trying to do? Injecting healthy infants with large doses of heroin?…

Ongoing witch-hunt against Oklahoma scientists

Though only a handful of ERV readers are from Oklahoma, I know all of you are familiar with the handiwork of Senator Randy Brogdon. He was the fellow who recently tried to get Creationism taught in Oklahoma public schools (FAIL). Dude is a fucking IDiot (and just plain old idiot) who hates science: I am…

Vote for Biofortified!

Biofortified, the PandasThumb of crop engineering, is in a contest. A contest to win an interview with Michael Pollan and grant money for educating the public about GMOs! GO VOTE FOR THEM NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAU! 1. Biofortified assured me that the interview with Pollan will be ‘educational’. I dont think I can put into words how much…