Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for November, 2008

Hippo Thanksgiving.

The younger Free-Ride offspring offers this drawing of a hippo exhorting you to remember Thanksgiving.

And you’re really a lawyer? The verdict came back in the Los Angeles trial of Lori Drew, the Missouri mother who facilitated cyberbullying of a former friend of her daughter, who subsequently committed suicide. Since cyberbulling isn’t an easy crime to prosecute, the trial focused on whether, in setting up a fake MySpace page as…

Over at DrugMonkey, PhysioProf notes a recent retraction of an article from the Journal of Neuroscience. What’s interesting about this case is that the authors retract the whole article without any explanation for the retraction. As PhysioProf writes: There is absolutely no mention of why the paper is being retracted. People who have relied on…

For years, you’ve heard the tremendous fatigue experienced after an American Thanksgiving dinner laid at the feet of the turkey — or more precisely, at the tryptophan in that turkey. Trytophan, apparently, is the go-to amino acid for those who want to get sleepy. But according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the…

Here are the rest of the recipes for dishes that I’m making for Thanksgiving this year (with the exception of pumpkin pie — I’m still shopping for a pumpkin pie recipe). I’ll mention here (and should have mentioned in the previous post that all the measurements here are U.S. quantities (cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, etc.). Those…

Having posted what I’m making for Thanksgiving, I am happy to accede to your requests for the recipes. Of course, I encourage you to violate the recipes at well (since that’s how I was taught to cook). I’m posting these in two batches, so if you don’t see the recipe you were looking for here,…

Another “Ask a ScienceBlogger” question has been posed: What do you see as science fiction’s role in promoting science, if any? For an answer to the question as asked, what Isis said. Also, what Scicurious said about a bunch of related questions. Myself, I think science fiction could do more than make non-scientists excited about…

Thanksgiving.

Back when I was a college student, Thanksgiving meant getting myself home to Northern New Jersey from metropolitan Boston. Before my parents entrusted me with the fire engine red ’77 Chevy Impala station wagon my junior year, this involved inviting another student who hailed from the West Coast and who had a car on campus…

Five things meme.

Zuska tagged me; I am helpless to resist it. 5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago: Suspecting I was pregnant (I was) Drafting thesis chapters Walking 5-10 miles a day Taking dance classes (Argentine tango and big band swing) Playing Snood 5 Things On My To-Do List Today:

TV science party tonght!

Over at Cosmic Variance, Sean Carroll gets us an imaginary audience with Les Moonves (President and CEO of CBS) to pitch a new TV show about science: