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Archives for March, 2006

Are You a Hard Bloggin’ Scientist?

Given my lack of any substantial entries recently, I’d say that I am not. But, if you are, go ahead and add this logo to your blog. Click on the image to find out what it entails. (Via Notes from the Biomass.)

NASA Uses Molecular Markers

Take a look at the unfortunate name NASA has given to its small satellites used to study the earth’s magnetic fields:

The First Step in Increasing the NIH Budget

The Specter-Harkin Amendment passed the Senate, but this does not guarantee an increase to the NIH budged. The House must still vote on it and it must be reflected in House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ allocation for the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee. (Don’t worry, I don’t understand the jargon either; I’m reproducing it…

Japan has jumped out to an early lead over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic championship game. Why do I mention this? Not only have Japanese researchers made great contributions to evolutionary genetics, but the emperor of Japan has actually actively studied evolutionary biology. Also, the Japanese left fielder, Hitoshi Tamura, happens to share his…

Defining Natural Selection

Robert Skipper took issue with Dick Lewontin’s definition of natural selection. Skipper did not like how Lewontin removed the struggle for existence and interaction with the environment from the requirements for evolution by natural selection. John Hawks points out that the environment encompasses everything outside of the genome (the proteome, cell environment, extracellular physiology, the…

You’re Busting My Bracket, Brad

Rounds one and two are over, and the rubble has settled. The fakers have been exposed, and the Cinderfellas have emerged. So, how good are the ScienceBloggers at picking college basketball games? Kevin Vranes (I think) is currently sitting in first place, but two of his final four teams (Kansas and North Carolina) have already…

What’s Up With the Y Chromosome?

The human Y, that is. The Science Creative Quarterly has a very thorough (ie, make sure you have some time to spare) review of the mammalian Y chromosome (focusing on the human Y). The article covers the origin and evolution of the mammalian Y and what the degeneration of the Y means for the future…

Even More on Detecting Natural Selection

PLoS Computational Biology has an article in the pipeline on detecting natural selection in humans in chimps. The authors looked for genes evolving at unequal rates between the two species and genes with signals of positive selection. I have not read the entire article, but it looks like a good attempt to distinguish actual positive…

Double Entendre Friday – 17 March 2006

Today marks the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick — the dude who ridded Ireland of its non-existent snakes (some folks claim it was a metaphor for pagans). In honor of this great feat, people around the world drink green beer and pretend to be Irish. What does that have to do with double…

Black Pirates Hate Darwin Too

Seven year old Autum Ashante read a poem she had written to middle- and high-school students in Peekskill, NY. “Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse,” the aspiring actress and poet wrote. “They took the gold, the wisdom and all the storytellers. They took the black women, with the black man…