Archives for August 28, 2009

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Tiniest Photograph Ever Explained

I posted a photo of a itty bitty molecule that is making the news these days … the photo, not the molecule … but I didn’t have much to say about it except that it was cool. Ethan Siegel has picked up the thread and explains what it is we are looking at. I myself…

Here is a major press release by Elizabeth K. Gardner on the link between climate change and poverty, reproduced below the fold for your edification. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sb Blogospherics

Kennedy and Nixon is an excellent essay by Chad Orzel comparing the post-death whitewashing phenomena for each case. The Idiot of the Month Award goes to….. (Ed Brayton’s blog has it) Are scientists two years from curing cancer or not?

The Health Care (Insurance) Gap

First, let’s get this one thing straight, because a lot of the astroturfers and even reporters and politicians are not getting it. Health care is when you get sick and the medical profession fixes you up, or some version of that. How good our health care system is becomes a matter of how good the…

Lockstep Republicans = Stoopid

I made the point in an earlier post (Discordant Democrats vs. Republican Dittoheads) that Republicans work in lock step and simply do whatever they are told. I’m not talking (necessarily) about the average Joe the Plumber Republican. I’m talking about elected officials with law degrees. The average United States Senator or Representative who happens to…

DURHAM, N.C. — Two Duke University education experts have serious concerns about the Obama administration’s proposal to link teacher evaluations to student tests scores as a criterion for how much federal stimulus money states will receive for K-12 education. Friday (Aug. 28) is the deadline to submit public comments on the proposal that will disperse…

Eudy Simelane was a brilliant soccer star, captain of South Africa’s national women’s team. She was also an out lesbian and an activist for LGBT rights. In April 2008, a group of men attacked her with a sickening brutality. She was gang-raped, beaten, and stabbed more than 25 times. The assault was so vicious that…

Atomic bonds are too small to see, right? Well, what do you suppose THIS is a picture of!?!?!? That B&W structure is an actual image of a molecule and its atomic bonds. The first of its kind, in fact, and a breakthrough for the crazy IBM scientists in Zurich who spent 20 straight hours staring…

Trials are staring on a new cancer vaccine.