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Archives for February, 2007

Where Economists Dare to Tread

Over at The Frontal Cortex, Jonah has a blog referring to a WSJ article impugning economic jurisdiction in questions outside the traditional bounds of economics. Specifically, the article cites a paper recently publicized by Cornell University claiming to establish a causal link between early childhood television viewing and autism. The thrust of the article is…

Beaver seen in NYC

A damn-building mammal…get your mind out of the gutter: Beavers grace New York City’s official seal. But the industrious rodents haven’t been spotted here for as many as 200 years — until this week. Biologists videotaped a beaver swimming up the Bronx River on Wednesday. Its twig-and-mud lodge had been spotted earlier on the river…

Bill Gates on American Competitiveness

Bill Gates, writing in the Washington Post, makes two concrete appeals to help maintain American competitiveness: Two steps are critical. First, we must demand strong schools so that young Americans enter the workforce with the math, science and problem-solving skills they need to succeed in the knowledge economy. We must also make it easier for…

Encephalon no. 17 (Pirate-style)

Arrgh. Avast ye dogs. This Encephalon will have a pirate theme — largely because I am coming off a wicked three day flu extravaganza, and I am still slightly delirious. Be like when the plague took me whole crew. Arrgh. So enjoy your piracy and brains, say aye.

Merck drops HPV lobbying (updated)

In June, we talked about a new human papiloma virus (HPV) vaccine that was being opposed by a Christian group in Colorado on the grounds that it might promote premarital sex. HPV is a virus that commonly infects the female reproductive tract. It has many strains, and some of those strains confer a risk for…

Nicholas Genes — the host of Grand Rounds and an illustrious ER resident at Mount Sinai — interviews me on Medscape about this blog. Enjoy my shameless self-promotion.

Accepting Submissions for Encephalon 17

I am hosting Encephalon on Monday February, 26th. You can submit to Encephalon by emailing me at jamesjyoung [at] gmail {dot} com, by no later than 7 pm on Sunday night. Thanks.

Grand Rounds, vol. 3 no. 22

Hi everyone, and welcome to Grand Rounds, vol. 3 no. 22. The Oscars are this Sunday, and — since I know we all look forward to this yearly 4-hour marathon of farcical self-absorption — this edition of Grand Rounds will be themed according to movies nominated for awards this year.

Varmint delays plane

A squirrel running around the innards of the plane grounded a Dallas-Tokyo flight: An American Airlines flight made an unscheduled landing after pilots heard something skittering about in the wire-laden space over the cockpit. The airline blamed the emergency landing of the Tokyo-Dallas flight with 202 passengers on a stowaway squirrel. “You do not want…

Ghost Rider: A Short Review

I saw Ghost Rider last night, and I have a brief review: In this movie, there are many farcical things: demons, irrational property damage from physics-flouting motorcycles, Nicholas Cage’s acting, etc. However, the most flagrant absurdity — the most laughably impossible event — is when Nicholas Cage’s character turns down a sexually willing Eva Mendes…