Archives for February 27, 2008

The Coming Plague

You have probably heard that the current flu vaccine matches the current flue strains in the US very poorly, perhaps at about a 40 percent rate. Flu and the vaccine mismatch is a post at Effect Measure that will update you on this important issue. This is especially important because you need to understand what…

And the WTF of the Week Award goes to …

Bablab blog…. We have a confession. You have all been part of an experiment in social engineering. This has been in the planning for a while now. But let me step back and explain the purpose of our experiment before we analyze the results. ….. bla bla bla… Then they go on to explain how…

Life After Darwin Part 07

More Life After Darwin

Happy Birthday Janet D. Stemwedel

I have like 50 friends on facebook (I just joined). Facebook tells me who’s birthday it is. So, two days ago it was Brian, today it’s Janet. They both happen to be Scienceblogs.com bloggers. Janet blogs here. So happy birthday Janet! Two scienceblogger’s birthdays in a row. Coincidence?

Linux and Instant Messaging

I don’t do much instant messaging, although I have found it useful for communicating with colleagues overseas for free. But, in the ongoing quest for the answer to the question “Right, but can I do that in Linux?” I offer the following link on Three alternative Linux instant messaging applications. Do I need to point…

Another Absurd Patent

OH, and this… “If all goes IBM’s way, it’ll soon constitute patent infringement if Bennigan’s gives you a free lunch for being inconvenienced by a long wait for your meal. Big Blue is seeking a patent for its Method and Structure for Automated Crediting to Customers for Waiting, the purported ‘invention’ of three IBM researchers,…

Nature News

Polluted prey causes wild birds to change their tune from PhysOrg.com Considerable attention has been paid to the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals in aquatic environments, but rather less attention has been given to routes of contamination on land. A new study, published in PLoS ONE on February 27 by researchers at Cardiff University, reveals…

William F. Buckley has died. William F. Buckley Jr., the erudite Ivy Leaguer and conservative herald who showered huge and scornful words on liberalism as he observed, abetted and cheered on the right’s post-World War II rise from the fringes to the White House, died Wednesday. He was 82. His assistant Linda Bridges said Buckley…

Bennett Gordon has a post on the Har Mar Science Fair: …Every diorama in the Home School Science Fair, which took place inside a shopping mall in Roseville, Minnesota, had a biblical quote attached to it. A young woman whose project involved teaching her dog how to run circles between her legs decorated the words:…

Microsoft Will Pay Big Bucks to EU

The European Commission has fined US computer giant Microsoft for defying sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour. Microsoft must now pay 899 million euros … after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it took part in monopolistic practices. [Source: BBC]