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The arguably wacky premise behind a New York Times article this Saturday is that the Large Hadron Collider (LHR)–slated to be the world’s most impressive particle accelerator when it’s up and running later this year–could inadvertently produce an Earth-destroying black hole. Or, that’s at least what a couple of guys in Hawaii think, and they’re…

Valinetines: Valentines for Scientists

Two years ago, The Scientific Activist introduced the world to valinetines, scientifically-themed valentines named after the amino acid valine. Last year, I recycled the same valinetines from the first year, but today–on this Valentine’s Day 2008–I bring you all new material: Your nuclear pore Is far from a bore: Let anyone in And then beg…

Anyone who has lived outside of the United States or practiced science for a significant amount of time can vouch for the wonder that is the metric system. However, since an unfortunate majority of Americans do not fit this description, we’re subject to outbursts like these: NO, on celsius. This is the United States of…

Only in Oxford…

The following email was recently sent out to members of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford: Sometime between last Wednesday, 5th, and yesterday Sunday 9th, about two and a half tons of lead roofing was stripped from the top of the building on the outside of the deer park (at the southern, Holywell St…

This is about the only appropriate response to the absurdity of the the anti-open access organization PRISM. A commenter on the last post pointed me to PISD, the Partnership for Integrity in Scientific Dis-semination: The Partnership for Integrity in Scientific Dis-semination was established by a concerned group of biomedical scientists to combat the steady encroachment…

Last year’s Valentine’s Day entry was quite a hit, so here it is again. (13 February 2006) We all know how normal people celebrate Valentine’s Day: either going out on a hot date or, more likely, sulking alone at home and possibly crying themselves to sleep. Many of you, though, may wonder how scientists–those mysterious…

Where’s Obama?… Again

The “liberal media” is at it again, and by “liberal” I don’t mean it in the political sense. No, I’m talking about the media relying on liberal (sloppy) oversight/editorial practices. After CNN slipped up Monday by broadcasting a graphic with the question “Where’s Obama?” overlaid on a photo of Osama bin Laden, Yahoo News followed…

Conservative Eye for the Liberal Guy

This doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas, but it’s pretty damn funny. Enjoy!

It’s on now. Janet of Adventures in Ethics and Science has challenged us all to a nerd-off. It doesn’t look like David Bowie is going to be there, but, hell, we can do better. Maybe James Watson? Anyways, here’s the challenge: Perhaps not every ScienceBlogger is hot, but almost all of them are nerds. The…

Who is the Hottest Male Science Blogger?

Yes, that’s right, you’re looking right at him (on the sidebar, at least). No? Go down a bit… …a little bit more…. There you go. According to the blog Flags and Lollipops, yours truly is the third hottest science blogger (and the hottest male science blogger) on the internet. Yes, screw Nature and its Top…