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Saturday Shillery: Stuff I like

Want a unique gift for your sciency-nerdy-geeky-gamer friends this holiday season? Ethan shared a list of his favorite ugly gamer sweaters, and I want to share a list of some things I like: Geeky/Sciency Pendants: OrfebreEvolution, including the ‘Lady Knights’ designs by Ryan Grant Long Geeky art: Ryan Grant Long has a shop up at Society6 Chain-mail,…

Prosecuting faked HIV vaccine results

Remember this? Wait, what? Faked HIV vaccine results The researcher accused of manipulating his reagents to ‘show his HIV vaccine strategy worked’ admitted he did it: Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to…

Tornadoes

Some folks have been worried about me, so I thought Id write this post to mention that I am okay, Arnie is okay, everything is okay with me. In the seven years Ive lived in OK, Ive been though a lot of storms. Its only been bad enough for me to come to work (I…

Craig Venter: True Revolution in Medicine

Craig Venter gets it. He gets it. I wish I had 5 minutes to talk to him. I dont. But we do have this ~21 min vid where he talks about some of the innovative things he and his crew are working on (phage therapy, faster ways to make influenza vaccines). True Revolution in Medicine…

Have a dog? Want to help science?

Record yourself playing with your puppies for 30-60 seconds and upload the vid to the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab website! Dog-dog play has been, relatively, well studied. The signs/signals/noises pups play, the repercussions for not playing by the rules, the benefits of play to an adult pup, its a very interesting fusion of evolution and…

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%).…

Briefly, a lot of our vaccines and antibiotics need to be refrigerated, if not frozen, for them to maintain their usefulness. This makes it problematic to get vaccines and antibiotics to places that need them, but lack proper refrigeration (or electricity, for that matter)– Its called the Cold Chain. Some folks at Tufts think they…

Alovasudden, SCIENCE!!!

I was just derping around at Cycle Gear this afternoon, when alovasudden, SCIENCE!!! Couple: *debating about what color helmet to buy – its summer, should they get the white/yellow one instead of black/blue* Cycle Gear Dude: “The material that makes helmets work as helmets insulates you from the ‘heat’ of the sun.  We did an…

Food woo bites the dust

I am not a ‘fan’ of dietary sensationalism. A can of Mountain Dew made with high fructose corn syrup once a week is not going to kill you. Megadoses of various vitamins and minerals is not going to ‘cure’ you. People who demonize or canonize food annoy me. Funny enough, we have examples of both…

Just, turn off your brain before you read this post, folks. If you try to to think about this, Im pretty sure your entire brain will hemorrhage, and I dont want to be responsible for that. You think I am joking. I am not. I actually heard rumors about what Im going to type here…