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Archives for June, 2006

The First Ever Mendel’s Garden

The first ever edition of Mendel’s Garden, a blog carnival devoted to genetics, has been posted at The force that through… If you would like to contribute to the next edition, you can find information here.

From Pushing Flies to Leading Armies

Alan Packer at Free Association, the Nature Genetics blog, reports that Kossack Wesley Clark was once a fly pusher. During the Cold War (aka, before my time), gifted students were taught genetics in an accelerated course. They got to perform experiments using irradiated Drosophila melanogaster. As a stickler for details, I’ve got a couple errors…

Stop Citing Wikipedia

I’m a big fan of Wikipedia. I was happy to report that the dynamic encyclopedia is just as good as Britannica. But there is a limit to what any encyclopedia can tell you. They are excellent places to go for a quick introduction to material that is otherwise unfamiliar to you. For example, if I…

Searching Images

If you want to find an image on the internet, you can usually find a relevant picture using Google’s Image Search. But the Google search matches text, not the image. Glyn Moody points us to a cool new plan which will allow you to search images on the web using images. This idea sounds awesome,…

Finding Time to Blog

They are asking another question of us. They have also changed their name — just remember where you first saw that gimmick. Anyway, on to their question: How is it that all the PIs (Tara, PZ, Orac et al.), various grad students, post-docs, etc. find time to fulfill their primary objectives (day jobs) and blog…

Donors Choose – Update

The ScienceBlogs Donors Choose program kicked off with a bang yesterday. Evolgen is attempting to raise a modest $500 dollars to fund in class projects for public school science classes. There are fourteen proposals to choose from in the evolgen challenge, which will run for the next two weeks. As an added incentive, if you…

Phylogeny Friday – Hiatus

Phylogeny Friday will take a hiatus for an undetermined length of time. Don’t worry, it will be back. I just need to focus on other things besides digging through the literature for trees.

Congrats Reed

Dr. Reed Cartwright has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation. Reed’s a Panda’s Thumb contributor and theoretical population geneticist. We’ll forgive him for the second point, seeing as how he did have my academic grandfather as an advisor. The Panda’s Thumb was the great inspiration for me to start blogging. I found a link to the…

What is evolution? Razib started it. John Hawks joined in. I offered my opinion in the comments on GNXP. But I felt obliged to say more, here. It seems like most of the readers in the ScienceBlogs universe don’t understand the difference between evolution and natural selection. When Razib asked them to provide the thing…

The ScienceBlogs bloggers, led by Janet, are trying to raise money to fund in class projects for math and science teachers. To donate to the evolgen pledge drive, click here and choose one of listed proposals to partially fund. I have also posted a link to the DonorsChoose website on my sidebar (on your left),…