Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for October, 2008

Happy Hallo-Meme.

BikeMonkey tagged me ten days ago, but Casa Free-Ride has adopted the just-in-time model of jack-o-lantern production. Here are the rules: Carve a pumpkin. Light’er up. Snap a foto. Post it. Tag some bloggers. Here are the photos:

I don’t know why I never thought of making Hallowe’en cookies like this:

This is the last day of Blogger Challenge 2008. You have mere hours left to give to our challenges and get in on Seed’s prize drawing (which includes that spiffy iPod Touch).

The mystery of the beans.

Earlier this week, I cooked up about a pound of the bush beans from our garden. There was a mix of yellow, green, and purple beans (although, as expected, steaming transformed the purple beans to a dark green color). I dressed the cooked beans as usual and served them with dinner. As I was clearing…

Friday Sprog Blogging: ghosts.

Elder offspring: I read about a house where the 17th stair on the staircase creaks because a man who was shot died on that stair. Dr. Free-Ride: Oh, really? Younger offspring: Why did it creak? Elder offspring: Because the house is haunted.

Sadly, the Houston Chronicle brings us another story about an academic caught plagiarizing. The academic in question is Rambis M. Chu, a tenured associate professor of physics at Texas Southern University, who is currently under investigation for plagiarism in a grant proposal he submitted to the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Since the investigation is still…

Earlier this month, I wrote a post on California’s Researcher Protection Act of 2008, which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on September 28. There, I noted that some opponents of the law expressed concerns that the real intent (and effect) of the law was not to protect those who do academic research with animals,…

Reader Patrick made a generous donation to my challenge, and wrote: I want to thank you for the posts on Ethics. It is a subject that I feel is mostly neglected during a scientist’s formal education. We end up learning by example (not always good), but it should be a required course for everyone with…

Regular reader Duke (who this blogger knows as “Dad”) made a generous contribution to my challenge and requested sprog art and a limerick on the subject of chemistry. (Like my mom, he indicated that this donation was to go to the “NO TATTOO” fundraising total.)

The other day, my better half and I were discussing scratching. Predictably, in the course of the discussion, I became aware of every itchy square millimeter of skin I might possibly possess. I wondered whether scratching actually works — that is, whether scratching ever acts to make an itch go away, or even to reduce…