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Archives for July, 2006

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, July 31

Just what your case of the Mondays needs: “Darwin has nothing to do with science….There’s not a shred of evidence that Darwin was a scientist.” Ben Cohen heard a guy on the radio claim that there was ‘no evidence that Darwin was a scientist.’ And he asks: What? What does that even mean? He is…

What to read when you’re drinking coffee in your jammies: “Antisense Oligonucleotide Therapy for ALS patients?” Lou Gehrig suffered from ALS, as does Stephen Hawking. A new treatment promises relief for some sufferers of this intractable disease. “Mountaintop [Coal] Removal, Part II: Is a stream without fish still a stream?” Ben Cohen and Dave Ng…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, July 28

“How to Get a Ph.D. and Never Pay a Dime For It!” If you’re in the sciences and you’re paying for your Ph.D., says Shelley, you’re getting fleeced. Plus, there looks to be a lively discussion shaping up in comments. “Science and Hard Work: II” Is science hard work? Steinn compares a summer job in…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, July 27

“Compared To Your Pet Iguana, You Are Practically Blind” How poorly do mammals see? More poorly than we ever could have imagined before discovering melanopsin. Visial photoreception is only the tip of the iceberg. Speaking of complexity: “A Simple Story Gets Complicated” Promiscuity in some individuals (we’re talking about voles, here) is not as elegantly…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, July 26

Today on ScienceBlogs: Ten leading climate scientists say: even those who disagree about global warming can admit that overdevelopment on the coasts sets us up to lose life and property to hurricanes A Tale of Two Job Searches (Having A Family and an Academic Career, Part 4) Morgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me fame): “We need…

Ask A Sb, July 26

I heard that within 15 years, global warming will have made Napa County too hot to grow good wine grapes. Is that true? What other changes are we going to see during our lifetimes because of global warming?

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, July 25

Today on ScienceBlogs: The Chronicle of Higher Education is running a symposium on the benefits of academic blogging When vocalizing, rhesus macaques use regions of the brain that correspond to language centers in the human brain A medical anthropologist in Minnesota undertakes a study “to examine the ways in which ideas about everyday life in…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, July 24

Today on ScienceBlogs: Genetically-modified mosquitoes to control mosquito-borne diseases? Mirror neurons: why have these flashy little cells received “massive, overblown publicity”? Giant, gross, super-cool close-ups of bugs! PZ Myers waxes lyrical about growing older, along with one’s kids A view of the post-Katrina medical infrastructure in New Orleans Germany joins a coalition of European nations…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, July 20

Eight new posts of note, hand-picked for your blog-reading enjoyment: Abel Pharmboy reports that the FDA is (finally!) recognizing the potential for negative interactions between antidepressants and migraine medications At Pure Pedantry, Jake says “so what?” to newly-released letters shedding light on Einstein’s – many! – extramarital affairs Alex at The Daily Transcript has two…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs

It’s the latest and the greatest of them all! Jake Young reports breaking news from the AP: President Bush does veto the stem cell bill Dr Free-Ride follows up on a story about allegations of widespread plagiarism in the Engineering Department at Ohio University Shelley Batts on New Orleans doctors being prosecuted for second-degree murder…