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Archives for October, 2006

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I Was Raised on Mr. Wizard

I haven’t touched an Ask A ScienceBlogger for a couple of months. This week, the powers that be are asking us: What’s the best science TV show of all time? The first show that came to mind was Mr. Wizard. As young tyke in the 1980s, I watched a lot of Nickelodeon. Nick was a…

Looking for the Next Sagan

The Idiot Box is contributing toward our search for the next science rockstar: Filling Carl Sagan’s shoes will be tough, but someone’s gotta do it. Click on the image to the see the rest of the suggestions.

Fraud is Okay

Check out this gem from the London Times: Fraud may also be good for science, according to Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Since most scientific duplicity involves researchers “idealising” results that they probably would eventually have achieved anyway, such fact-fiddling actually oils the wheels of discovery. He even questions whether…

Do Higher Eukaryotes Smoke More Weed?

I need to vent . . . I’m sick and tired of people referring to “higher” and “lower” eukaryotes. And, while I’m at it, I’m also sick of people mixing up “homology”, “identity” and “similarity”. This is nothing new; I’ve just reached a point where I need to write it down for the world to…

Mendel’s Garden — Call for Hosts

We’re in need of a host for the 9th Edition of Mendel’s Garden, scheduled for 6 November. Mendel’s Garden is blog carnival devoted to genetics, from evolutionary to molecular. If you would like to host the upcoming edition or any future edition, please contact Paul Decelles via the Blog Carnival Submission Page. Also, we’re switching…

The Cancer Genome

Science has published THE genome of breast and colorectal cancers. Not the whole genome, mind you, but just 13,023 protein coding genes. The researchers identified mutations associated with cancers, but I’m not sure if they looked outside of the protein coding sequences (I have yet to read the paper, and I’m not sure when I’ll…

Ben wants a house band, but he doesn’t think it should be Phish. I agree. Phish sucks. A good house band should accompany a night of drinking. Let’s just say Phish is the appropriate accompaniment for a mind altering substance not called alcohol. So who should be the ScienceBlogs house band? As much as I…

I am Pretty . . . Smart

Kevin‘s got us doing another nerd test. According to this test, I’m pretty smart. I’m not sure how this result relates to my nerdiness, geekiness, or dorkiness. I can tell you this: it won’t be keeping me from biting the heads off of chickens!

If you thought American colleges and universities were all about thugging it up and diagramming the Z-scheme, you’d be surprised to learn how big of a deal football is. Heck, if you were to visit some universities on Saturday afternoon in autumn, you’d be surprised to learn that you were on the grounds of an…