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Archives for September, 2007

Knit Me a Teratoma

Call me an old-fashioned granny, but I do love knitting. I’m not very good (getting better), and what I can knit is limited to hats, mittens, scarves, and the obligatory pot holder. So I think that knitting this complicated and grotesque teratoma is still a bit beyond my skill level……wait!?! A teratoma…..knitted?! Yes, its true,…

New Banners!

Perhaps you might have noticed my brand spanking new banner up there! It was just recently finished by my friend Carl Buell, blogger at Olduvai George and a phenomenal natural history illustrator. I love it, and hope you do too. At the moment, its slightly oversized so I’m gonna have to figure out how to…

The People Want Their Phones Green

There’s a discussion I was clued into recently, taking place over at a spiked, a reporting website, which describes it self thusly: spiked is an independent online phenomenon dedicated to raising the horizons of humanity by waging a culture war of words against misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism in all their ancient and…

Perhaps some of you may remember me mentioning the plight of the Florida manatee a few months back, specifically that their status as an endangered species was being petitioned by the powerful boating lobby. This would have meant that many of the special protections that manatees enjoyed, such as existing in boat-free zones and making…

Be A Part of Internet History!

What would happen if a handful of bloggers started asking questions about the impact of blogging on the “Real World”? What would change if the Academy was made more aware of science blogs, and that they may have an impact of science (for better or worse)? What would happen if a lot of people were…

Creation Science Set to Music

In the beginning it begun.

So, looks like I’ll be giving a talk in Antwerp, Belgium during a conference on hearing research October 19-20th. I’ll be flying into Amsterdam on the 15th, taking the train to Antwerp for the conference, and then spending the 21-24th in Paris, flying out of Charles DeGaulle. I’m so psyched! Please give me some ideas…

Hallucinogenic Sage

Saw this over at Wired Science a couple days back, an interesting article about an unusual, uh, herb called Diviner’s sage which has hallucinogenic properties and could spark a new class of drugs. Reports of people curing themselves of depression and treating pain with this form of sage are common, however the likelihood of pharmaceutical-grade…

iPods and Thunderstorms Don’t Mix

The popular press loves to harp on iPods, and their potential to cause hearing loss due to loud music pumped through embedded earbuds. Looks like there’s something else, a little more drastic and a lot less common to worry about in regards to your hearing: getting struck by lightning while wearing an iPod. A middle-aged…

Well, just heard that the necropsy of Alex was performed and that no discernible cause of death could be found. This is puzzling and sad, since it would have been better to have some sense of closure, but I suppose we may never know what killed Alex. I was also sent the official obituary of…