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…Or at least that’s the impression that college freshmen with US Department of Education Smart Grants are getting, the The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Tuesday: Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal…

On the Front Lines with BT

Lines were drawn in the sand, artillery stood armed and ready, and tensions ran high. Neither side was willing to budge, and despite the seemingly endless conflict having already tested the resolve of both sides, it looked like things were only just beginning to get rough. The whole scenario was regrettable–war always is–but it felt…

I don’t make it to the movies too often in the UK. To start with, they’re prohibitively expensive, and I’m often seeing them months after my friends back home. When you then consider the fact that the popcorn here tastes like salty styrofoam (it’s called butter, people! Look into it!), there really isn’t much of…

It has been known officially since 2002 that the sciences are hard, and, as much as we scientists love it when our friends and family tell us how smart and wonderful we must be since they could never understand what we do… is this elevated position going to cost us in the end? Big time?…

This week’s installment of Fantastical Fridays discusses a not-so-impressive finding reported in the media in January 2006. From the archives: (30 January 2006) To all of those who worried about the United States’ dependence on Middle Eastern oil, who tried to raise awareness about dwindling global oil reserves, or who fought for decent fuel economy…

From the archives: (19 March 2006) Genetic engineering holds a great deal of promise, from potentially curing a variety of human ailments to addressing nutritional deficiencies through transgenic crops. One project even aims to engineer into bacteria the ability to generate a variety of alternative fuels. When it comes to genetic engineering and its emerging…

This post from the archives describes a recent research finding that may be welcome news for some…. (24 May 2006) If you know what I’m talking about, and if you are in fact “cool”, then you might also be interested in the findings presented Tuesday by Dr. Donald Tashkin and his coauthors at an American…

Absolutely Terrifying

When I saw this earlier today, I knew I had to write a post on it. So, even though Afarensis beat me to it, I’m going to do it anyway. I just love this article from the BBC. It sounds kind of like what an elementary school student would write if he or she was…

Last week’s Fantastical Fridays was a big hit, so we’ll keep the momentum going with more chemistry this week. Instead of anthropomorphic molecules, though, this one is all about chemicals with downright ridiculous names. If you still have any doubts after last week that chemists can have a great sense of humor, hopefully Paul May,…

Lurking beneath the surface here at ScienceBlogs is a force that compels people to do extremely gimmicky things on Fridays. Since I know that I’m no better than anyone else, I’ve decided to join in on the fun. Therefore, I introduce to you Fantastical Fridays at The Scientific Activist. From now on, every Friday I’ll…