Archives for November 9, 2007

This is the question asked in a current paper from PNAS that is available to you as an Open Access article. Peaking profiles for achieving long-term temperature targets with more likelihood at lower costs Abstract How can dangerous interference with the climate system be avoided? Science can help decision-makers answer this political question. Earlier publications…

… or so says Lance Ulanoff. He continues… They’ll record our lives, obliterate our privacy, set off nuclear war, and eventually turn on us and eat our brains. If any of this ever did happen, it would serve us right. We, at least American consumers, don’t deserve the future that robots really have to offer.…

Date Rape Drug from Toys?

Chinese made toys, now under recall, contain a substance that metabolizes into gamma hydroxy butyrate, the “date rape” drug. There is apparently enough of the substance to actually drug kids who ingest the toys.

Historic Zombie Attack Unearthed

Hierakonpolis is a site famous for its many “firsts,” so many, in fact, it is not easy to keep track of them all. So we are grateful(?) to Max Brooks for bringing to our attention that the site can also claim the title to the earliest recorded zombie attack in history …. Recent work at…

How to Avoid Inbreeding

How do you avoid having sex with your close relatives? Well, not you, specifically, but how is it done generally, or perhaps among mammals in particular?

… well, OK, maybe that is a slight exaggeration. You know about giardia. Giardia intestinalis. It causes a nasty gut infection, and you get it by drinking water pretty much anywhere in the US (potentially). It is very hard to get rid of. Giardia adapt to immune system attacks (of their host) in a way…

Nature Neuroscience: Focus on Glia

Ever since I started to learn about brains, back in the mid 1980s, from some really brainy brain experts like Terry Deacon and Joe Marcus, I always knew that glial cells were important. But I now read in current material in Nature Neuroscience, that “A decade ago, glia were the neglected stepchildren of neuroscience. Although…

Homeopathy and Curing Cancer

A child with Melanoma, a mother tossed in jail, radio talk show hosts, ranting bloggers. It’s a good story. From the Natural Solutions Foundation Web Site: There is a developing story from California that involves a mother with a 17 year old child who HAD melanoma. The mother, chose to go against her allopathic (conventional)…