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Archives for March, 2007

(Photo by Geoff Smith.) Today’s ScienceBlogger interview is with “science enthusiast and interpreter,” Brooklynite, and freelance journalist Orli Van Mourik of Neurontic. What’s your name? Orli Holmes Van Mourik, which only sounds like a mouthful until you hear my father’s name: Johannes Maria Willibrordus Van Mourik. (See what I’m saying?) What do you do when…

The Pharmalot blog reports today on a Reuter’s story about an oral vaccine for Alzheimer’s that proved successful at diminishing signs of Alzheimer’s in a study of 28 mice bred to develop the disease. Limited testing of the vaccine in humans may be next. The vaccine works by reducing the amount of amyloid plaques in…

Meet Alex Palazzo, cellular biologist and “postdoctoral fellow-at-large” of The Daily Transcript. What do you do when you’re not blogging? I’m a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard medical school. There I spend my time poking cells and in the process I hope to learn a bit about how cells handle mRNA, how the endoplasmic reticulum…

Annoyed? Maybe You’re Tired

Feeling irritated? Getting blown off course by the emails pinging into your inbox, or the six open tabs in your web browser? Take a deep breath…but also, if you can, take a nap. A Dutch researcher named Harm Veling has conducted research into distraction and concluded that the state of being tired compromises the ability…

Little Grassroots

During the too-warm New York winter of 2007, a parent at Brooklyn’s PS 58 started Little Grassroots as a place for children to blog about global warming. On it, the children of PS 58 are joined by kids from as far afield as France, the UK, and Singapore. Their contributions to the blog are lightly…

This time around, the 3.14 Interview tackles the “excessively outspoken and sardonic” Steinn Sigurdsson of Dynamics of Cats. What do you do when you’re not blogging? Paperwork—proposals, forms and occasional actual research papers; herding and tending of kids and cats; in between I read and sleep, in that order. What is your blog called? Dynamics…

After a bit of a hiatus, ScienceBlogger interviews are back! And today, in honor of his one-year blogging anniversary, we feature Steve Higgins of Omni Brain.

Hello Voltage Gate!

ScienceBlogs gives a warm welcome to its newest addition, The Voltage Gate, maintained by Jeremy Bruno of Frederick, Maryland. Jeremy is a biology student, freelance writer, and editor of The Bottom Line, Frostburg State University’s independent newspaper. The Voltage Gate—whose name alludes to the voltage-gated ion channels through which nerve impulses travel—will cover topics on…

As the New York Times reports today, the British government has introduced a sweeping bill that would cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2050. Read the article, or watch Britain’s environmental minister, David Miliband, introduce the bill on YouTube: