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…

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:…

Because the Garmin GPS system … … is leading some drivers … straight into a dead end. … The electronic maps don’t show a gate that separates residential and industrial areas. It’s only opened for a couple hours on weekdays in the northern New Jersey city. Mayor Dennis Elwell says residents on Fifth Street started…

In this open access publication in PLoS it is …suggest that, compared with placebo, the new-generation antidepressants do not produce clinically significant improvements in depression in patients who initially have moderate or even very severe depression, but show significant effects only in the most severely depressed patients. The findings also show that the effect for…

I’ve been avoiding discussion of the patent issue. This is partly because I don’t know enough about it, and partly because I am terribly annoyed by it. Yes, yes, I blog about stuff that annoys me all the time, but these are topics that I’m professionally engaged in, so the annoyance is not personally as…

I hate when people tell me what to blog (and not blog). I blog what I want, you read what you want. When the two coincide, wonderful. Bayblab, which is apparently some kind of science blog mostly written by anonymous bloggers, has a post critical of certain areas of science blogging. Mostly it is whining…