Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for February, 2007

Doing the Right Thing Isn’t Easy

… especially in America. Governor Rick Perry angrily defended his relationship with Merck & Co. and his executive order requiring that schoolgirls receive the drugmaker’s vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancer virus. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Perry’s chief of staff had met with key aides about the vaccine on Oct. 16, the same…

Teton Sunrise

Sunrise over the Grand Tetons. Image: James Neeley. As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there…

(Don’t) Send in the Clones

Although the government has approved meat and milk from cloned animals while it conducts further studies, the nation’s largest milk company, Dean Foods Co. of Dallas, said recently that its customers and consumers won’t purchase milk from cloned animals. The $10 billion company owns Land O’Lakes and Horizon Organic, among dozens of other brands.

Gay Men Request Gardasil Vaccine

tags: Gardasil, gay men Gardasil is a newly released vaccine that protects against the four most common forms of the sexually transmitted infection, human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. It can also cause anal and penile cancer, and men argue that receiving the vaccine would guard against these as well.…

Researchers have documented 22 cases of wild chimpanzees fashioning wooden spears to poke at smaller primates sheltering in cavities of hollow branches or tree trunks. Chimpanzees have not been previously observed hunting other animals with tools.

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The Cat With 26 Toes

She seemed like any other ordinary three-month-old kitten but she wasn’t. Finally, her human family noticed there was something different about her. A closer examination of the frisky feline’s paws revealed that this kitten had 26 toes — so they named her “extra”.

Devotion

Howard Norman’s new book, Devotion (NYC: Houghton-Mifflin, 2007) begins on 19 August 1985, with a fist fight between David Kozol and his new father-in-law, William Field. This fight — which occurred for reasons that remain mysterious until nearly the end of the book — ends up in the street where William is hit by a…

Tolkein is a six-year-old howler monkey who lives at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Hythe in the UK. When she was just a juvenile, she developed cataracts in both eyes and became totally blind, so she was completely dependant on her keepers for her needs. There was little hope that she would ever…

Did you know that North America had its own species of zebra? Or that there was a wolf-like carnivorous mammal — with hooves? And there once was a horned rodent whose corkscrew-shaped burrows are still visible today? If this sort of thing interests you then you will enjoy Donald Prothero’s book, After the Dinosaurs: The…