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Archives for January, 2006

Chad Is My Muse

This blog doesn’t seem to want to write itself. I’ve got a few posts in the pipeline (including the next on detecting natural selection), but I can’t seem to finish them. I’m in this writing funk where I start to lay some words onto paper (well, text editor, actually), and then I can’t organize all…

Is it just me, or is this just wrong?

I am a big fan of The Science Creative Quarterly. I especially like how they integrate science with humor — sort of like the Onion, but focused on science. Now they are getting into science education. If you know nothing about phylogenetics and systematics, this introduction to phylogenetics from the SCQ will be quite informative.…

20th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster

I may not be the oldest of the ScienceBlogs cohort (that’s an understatement, by the way), but I do remember the Challenger disaster. I don’t remember watching it on TV. I don’t remember seeing the explosion on the news. I don’t think I even knew what news was or how I could watch it. I…

To be filed under: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. My name is not Inigo Montoya. You did not kill my father. And I couldn’t care less if you died or not. But give me a god damn break here people. If you want to…

Doctoring Your Way to a Doctorate

If you have not read it, go check out Nicholas Wade’s article on doctored images in scientific publications. This is especially pertinent given the recent Hwang Woo Suk stem cell debacle. There is nothing all that revolutionary, but Wade gives a nice review and introduces us to some of the editors who are trying to…

There is no Controversy

Are There Disagreements Between the Fossil Record and Molecular Data? Molecular biologists have a tradition of reworking a lot of the evolutionary relationships and timescales that morphologists and paleontologists worked so hard to figure out. This can really piss off the non-molecular folks, but I prefer to think of it as a cooperative relationship. The…

According to Ken Maclean in a letter to Nature, patients don’t like it when clever geneticists name genes after cartoon characters, video game characters, and Monty Python characters (see here if you don’t follow). I’m not sure if I can reproduce the letter or if it’s under copyright protection (now that I’m working for the…

The first thing I think when I read the title to this post is, “Man, that’s a long friggen title, and it’s not at all catchy.” The next thing I think is, “I thought I said I wasn’t going to write about ecology.” Well, I actually wrote: “I am in no way, shape, or form…

We’re All Uncle Leo

Just don’t let Elaine draw in your eyebrows. The New York Times has an article profiling the advertising side of ScienceBlogs (you know, the thing that allows Seed to provide us with bandwidth so that we can spew our ivory tower propaganda far and wide). Anyway, they refer to the type of people who like…

Tangled Bank #45

Everyone else it advertising it, I might as well: Tangled Bank #45 has been posted at GreyThumb. Nothing else to see here, move along . . .