Archives for March 6, 2008

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

Punishing slackers and do-gooders in Not Exactly Rocket Science Humans have an extraordinary capacity for selflessness. We often help complete strangers who are unrelated to us, who we may never meet again and who are unlikely to be able to return the favour. More and more, we are being asked to behave in selfless ways…

How Old is the Grand Canyon?

I want to refer you two two items, one older piece by me and another very new, fresh out of the box piece by Carl Zimmer. Not that I’m trying to compare Zimmer and me. But the two posts are somewhat complementary, yet very much on the same page. How to Date the Grand Canyon:…

Help a guy out

Do you know the blog “Dinosaurs and the Bible: A Creationists Fairy Tale? This blog belongs to the very first person in the world, a die-hard dinosaur fanatic, to actively raised awareness of the outright, outrageous, stupid lies about dinosaurs made up and imposed upon by a radical Christian sect who falsely believes that the…

A team of scientists including Linda B. Buck, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, has retracted a scientific paper after the scientists could not reproduce their original findings. …

Carnival Of Education

The Carnival Of Education: Week 161 is at The Education Wonks.

Update On Lazarus Species

As wolves wander into Massachusetts, we now have a report of the elusive Wolverine being spotted on a research camera in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Camera Spots Wolverine in Sierra Nevada from PhysOrg.com (AP) — A research project aimed at weasels has turned up a bigger prize: a picture of a wolverine, an elusive animal…

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May any parent legally homeschool children in California? Last week, a state appellate court said no. A unanimous three-judge panel ruled that California law lays down specific circumstances under which homeschooling is permitted, and not all parents meet the requirements. [source]

Prozac and Placebos

Late last month, I put up a quick post, New-generation antidepressants do not produce clinically significant improvements in depression, that addressed a PLoS published metastudy of interest. I was careful to use the phrasing from the paper as the title of my post, and to provide only the author’s summary, because I knew this was…