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Archives for April, 2007

VICTORY! A Happy Resolution

Looks like our efforts paid off. Dear Dr Batts I’d like to introduce myself as the Director of Publications at the SCI. There has been a general misunderstanding with this issue. Our official response is below, which we are happy for you to publish: “We apologise for any misunderstanding. In this situation the publisher would…

What I Want Out of This Is…..

…..discussion. I’m not out for blood, and I’m really kinda hoping that I’ll get an email in my inbox today that says “Yes, feel free to use and discuss the mentioned graphs.” So far I haven’t, and I think that’s sad. In piling on here, and around the internet, I just want people to think…

Tomorrow the hammer’s coming down hard over the ‘Fair Use’ issue, at ScienceBlogs and hopefully around the blogosphere. Quite a few of my fellow SciBlings have pledged to post about this issue, as it affects us all (not only all of us, but all of you too.) If you were thinking about writing a post…

When Fair Use Isn’t Fair

Mark Chu-Carroll of Good Math, Bad Math has a very supportive article up summarizing my tangle with lawyers yesterday over the ‘fair use’ of a figure from the fruit antioxidant paper. In short, I was threatened with legal action if I didn’t take it down immediately. I used a panel a figure, and a chart,…

Yes, someone tested out the caffeine soap and blogged the results! Seems like he felt a bit of a buzz, however whether its caffeine or a bit of the placebo effect, well who can say. I jumped into the shower and lathered up with the Shower Shock. Now, in addition to containing roughly 2400mg of…

From the BBC on down, in the past few days the headline “Alchohol Makes Fruit Healthier” has been highlighted in nearly every news venue. The fruit contains compounds [antioxidants] that can protect against cancer, heart disease and arthritis. But having them with alcohol, such as in a daiquiri, boosts these antioxidant properties, the Journal of…

A few months back I wrote a post on the topic of the psychology video game addiction, and today was contacted by a student who trying to study video game addiction in efforts of finding an effective treatment. A survey-based study being conducted by a Southern California university is now seeking anonymous participants to take…

In the vein of weird stimulants added to weird products, I have a new one to throw out: caffienated soap! Lots of people don’t like coffee (not me, I love love love it), but still want that delectably artificial pick-me-up in the morning. What are they to do?? Caffeine soap to the rescue! The soap,…

According to nutty gun-lover Ted Nugent, school shootings like Virginia Tech could be avoided if we all toted guns, and has the anecdotes to prove it! There are so many gems in this piece. For example: Already spineless gun control advocates are squawking like chickens with their tiny-brained heads chopped off, making political hay over…

German researchers at the University of Hamburg claim to have documented that some parrots seem to give their offspring (but not their mates) individual “names,” in the form of a distinctive call which is different for each of their chicks. The studies were inspired by observations in the spectacled parrotlet’s natural habitat in Colombia. There,…