Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for September, 2006

The Tripoli Six and the Republican Torture Bill

Many of my fellow ScienceBloglings have discussed the six foreign healthcare workers (the ‘Tripoli Six‘) who are falsely accused of infecting Libyan children (Jake, Orac, Tara, Razib, David, coturnix, Kevin, Janet, Revere, John, Abel). Apparently, some have ‘confessed’ to doing this. Why did some of the six foreign healthcare workers in Libya claim that they…

More on the Republican War on Science

Fellow ScienceBlogling Chris Mooney comped me a copy of the second edition of his book, The Republican War on Science, and I have finally managed to get around to writing a review of it. Here’s the short version: buy this book.

Newsweek: Run By Gutless Cowards

What should be the cover story of a major news magazine: the resurgence of the Taliban, or a biography of photographer Annie Leibowitz? Well, if you’re the powers that be at Newsweek, you decide that the resurgence of the Taliban is more important, except for U.S. readers. We get Leibowitz. Gutless. A completely unrelated aside:…

What Would a Mad Biologist Look Like?

Our Benevolent Seed Overlords want a picture of the Mad Biologist for their own nefarious purposes. So I ask you: what do you think a Mad Biologist would look like? Below are some candidates, but if you have something else in mind, feel free to link to it. It’s a little odd. One of the…

Do you want to know how to stop, or at least, lessen the next E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak? Improve our surveillance and public health infrastructure.

Most microbiologists, you know, the experts , are not very thrilled with the emphasis being placed on bioterrorism. Inspired by Tara’s post on the Bioshield initiative, I’m reposting this from the old site.

Nice Resource for Defending Science Education

I stumbled across this site by People for the American Way designed to help citizens keep creationism out of the science classroom. The evolution FAQ is pretty good too.

Fear My “Random Violence”!

You Are Lightning Beautiful yet dangerous People will stop and watch you when you appear Even though you’re capable of random violence You are best known for: your power Your dominant state: performing What Type of Weather Are You?

A Moment of Art Deco Romanticism

Yes, the title is oxymoronic. But if Bevis Hillier and Stephen Escritt are right, much of the Art Deco movement was fundamentally oxymoronic. Anyway, enough yap. Here’s Homeward Bound by Kent Rockwell:

Bakelite For Breakfast, 1926

Bakelite for Breakfast, 1926 (from American Plastic)