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Archives for October, 2005

Evolution’s Emily Litella?

In July Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna wrote an eyebrow-raising op-ed in the New York Times that favored Intelligent Design over evolution. Now, as far as I can tell from this Reuters story, he’s claiming he was misunderstood. “Maybe one did not express oneself clearly enough or thoughts were not clear enough,” he said. “Such…

Thanks to Scientific American for awarding one of its Science & Technology Web Awards to the Loom as one of their 25 favorite sites on the web, for “enchanting readers with every post.” Congrats also to three other sites that are on my RSS: Panda’s Thumb, Real Climate, and Chris Mooney’s The Intersection.

A Prize Bug

This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology was announced this morning. Barry Marshall and J. Robin Warren won for discovering that ulcers can be caused not by stress or genes but by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (shown here). As my fellow Corantean, Derek Lowe, observes, this story follows the classic arc from, "You’re…