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Archives for December, 2009

Going to Pot?

With medical marijuana now legal in thirteen states, and President Obama’s Attorney General advising Feds not to waste resources on users in compliance with state law, the tide of tetrahydrocannabinol seems to be on the rise. On The Scientific Activist, Nick Anthis reports that the American Medical Association has recently altered its view of the…

Star Light, Star Bright…

On Aardvarchaeology, Martin Rundkvist tells us that the Geminid meteor shower is peaking tonight, so if you’ve got any wishes on the back burner, now’s your chance to make them. Of course these shooting “stars” are really bits of extinct comet 3200 Phaethon’s “sandy exhaust trail” burning up in the atmosphere—if you prefer some main…

Food for Thought

‘Tis the season, time for many of us to eat as much as we swore we wouldn’t. But before you cozy up beside the fire with a pound of chocolates and a quart of egg nog, see if these articles won’t sate your appetite. First, on Casaubon’s Book, Sharon Astyk cites a recent statistic that…

Copenhagen Update

Tensions are mounting in Copenhagen over the so-called “Danish text,” a draft agreement that would allow developed countries such as the United States and China to emit nearly twice as much carbon per capita as “third world” or developing countries. Meanwhile, scrappy island nation Tuvalu stood up for a stricter resolution, only to be scolded…

Another SciBling Saying Goodbye

Benjamin Cohen of The World’s Fair tells us he’s “moving on to Blogger Emeritus status.” I am ending my tenure here at The World’s Fair, the blog Dave and I started back in June 2006. I’ll finish up and sign off for good by the end of the month. Between now and then, I’ll be…

Last month, lawmakers in Ontario, Canada introduced legislation that would award prescription rights to graduates of two naturopathic schools. Should students subject to different educational standards be granted the same powers of prescription? On Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy calls it inconsistent for the naturopathic community to “want the right to prescribe regulated medicines while simultaneously…

Mixed Signals on Mammography

Last month the US government released new guidelines for breast cancer screening mammography, a revision which Orac writes has “shaken my specialty to the core.” For most women, the guidelines now recommend beginning biennial screenings at age fifty, instead of annual screenings at age forty. Around the same time, a study came out which “suggested…

Sciencewomen Take a Bow

After nearly five years online and two years with us here at ScienceBlogs, ScienceWoman is stepping away from the fray to focus on “Peace and Joy” for 2010. This will be my last post as SciWo or ScienceWoman. I’ve come to peace with the realization that blogging as SciWo is no longer a source of…

If your loved ones are at a loss this holiday season as to what shiny objects might most set your cardiac muscle aflutter, quick! You’re running out of time. But you are not alone! It’s tougher to shop for science nerds than might be imagined. After all, a Sagan lover is not a Kevin J.…

A potentially historic climate change conference began in Copenhagen Monday and will run for the next two weeks as leaders and diplomats from around the world attempt to reach an agreement about global warming. Meanwhile, the stolen emails of Climategate are still making some headlines, but why? Dismissing cries of conspiracy, ScienceBloggers have moved on…