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Oh. my. goodness. This ode to the PCR (“When you need to find out who’s your daddy”) is just about the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. Kudos BioRad, I salute you! (Hat tip John PIBS) Who ever said that conducting public psychology experiments required pants? Thats right. None. (Hat tip Lisa) Alvaro at…

The Thank-You-Note Dilemma

From the time I was a little kid, the idea of writing the thank-you-note was engrained in me by my parents. When you got a birthday or Christmas present from family or a friend, or if someone did something particularly nice for you, you hand-write a thank you note and mail it to them. No…

Recently, an older post I made regarding AIDS in Africa was included in a Feminism carnival. The Body Impolitic saw fit to take my assesment of the situation to task, and I feel the need to respond to what I believe is a gross mis-representation of my post. Specifically, that it was somehow derogatory to…

Once when i was in a taxi, the driver was attempting to make conversation and asked what I did. I usually try to avoid the subject with some people, because when i say “I study the inner ear” a lot of people feel the need to unload their medical problems regarding earwax upon me. Only…

Consider the case of Diet Coke. More fat people drink it than skinny people. That means that Diet Coke makes you fat, right? Well of course not, but this is the same ridiculous backwards logic used in this report that teens who have iPod full of raunchy music have sex at an earlier age than…

Over at the Intersection, Chris Mooney brought to light a recent interviewby Morgan Spurlock in which he was quoted thusly: We’ve started to make science and empirical evidence not nearly as important as punditry–people using p.r.-speak to push a corporate or political agenda. I think we need to turn scientists back into the rock stars…

When Money Magazine releases its “Best Places to Live” issue, it usually makes for interesting reading. Ann Arbor made the top 25 (it was 25), although I’m feeling less than happy to be in Ann Arbor during this godforsaken Art Fair. But really, Tree Town is a great place to live and work. The Top…

World’s Fair Puzzle Cracked?

So, I was very intrigued by the little puzzle going on at the World’s Fair. I was quite dubious that I would be able to crack it, but I’d like to propose a theory that may be atleast partially correct. If not, there’s a lot of good coincidences. Unifying theme? Things that occured in 1962.…

In Other News, Old Things Die

As my esteemed Sciencebloggers Jake, Evolving Thoughts, Bora, and PZ have reported, “Darwin’s Turtle” died. Named Harriet (actually Harry, but was found to be female 100 years later so it was changed), the tortoise was picked up in the Galapagos islands by Charles Darwin. It found its way to the Brisbane Zoo, under the dubious…