Archives for June, 2008

I never believed it was tomatoes

I am not entirely sure that the FDA has actually identified a tomato with Salmonella on it. The tomato hypothesis was based on recall data, which is notoriously iffy. Not totally useless, but iffy. The FDA, gutted by years of uncaring neglect by evil Republicans, today finds itself incapable of addressing the food safety issue,…

A study just out in PLoS Medicine suggests that an increasing trend of delaying childbirth is associated wiht a rising rate of the use of cesarean delivery. The explanation appears to be impared uterine function. From the editor’s summary: Though it was not studied here, the researchers hypothesize that impaired uterine contractility may be a…

US Government Says No to Solar

I find it hard to believe that the government has ignored the need for solar energy to the extent that it seems surprised that anyone wants to build new solar plants. From the New York Times: Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium…

Do you drink bottled water or tap water? Water from a cooler (which is a big giant bottle) or from a filter built into a refrigerator or sink? Or do you Britta? (Yes, let me be the first to verb that noun …. ) Increasingly we see resistance to bottled water. The Britta ads (one…

Frankenmeat

Seven Days of Carlin Seven

Proto Stephen Jay Gould OMFSM you are not going to believe this. Over at the University of Chicago, someone is making a terrible fool of themselves. It is hard to say if this is Shankar Vedantam, the Washing Post Staff Writer, or Patterson Clark of the Washington Post or someone else. The title of the…

Darwin’s Bulldog

On this day in 1895, T. H. Huxley died at the age of 70. Huxley was known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” because of his defense of Darwin’s important work in evolution. He debated Samuel Wilberforce in 1860, and people have been debating creationists since. Huxley invented the term “agnostic” and described himself as one.

Seven Days of Carlin Six

Our local paper, the Star Tribune is re-printing a New York Times story on the Philidelphia “Year of Evolution” …. Which is just fine. But the story has a comment section and it would sure be nice to have a few more pro-evolution comments on it. Please consider contributing to it, here. Hope you get…