Terra Sigillata

Archives for September, 2006

No Mickey Mouse operation, part two

My ScienceBlogs.com colleague, Alex Palazzo at The Daily Transcript, has just posted on the announcement of a 3rd major San Diego/La Jolla research institute with plans to establish a presence in Florida. Current issues of Roman numeral mixups notwithstanding, Florida has been very quietly rising on the national biomedical research scene, especially in the years…

A beef with US grass-fed beef labeling

If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and you still eat beef, chances are that you prefer to purchase grass-fed over corn-fed feedlot beef. The advantages include a more humane lifestyle for the animals and less fat for the consumer. Well, the US Department of Agriculture has been soliciting opinions on their proposed rules…

“Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for…

Another Wine Escapade : The Tuscan Dinner by Erleichda, special guest correspondent to The Friday Fermentable (Note to readers: As mentioned in previous editions, guest-blogger Erleichda is a slightly more senior colleague with a much more experienced and seasoned palate. I find Italian wines to be especially vexing, mostly due to their number and use…

Interesting to see the Wall Street Journal this morning with an article carrying this title (here, but subscription req’d – hence, I will quote heavily). Everyone knows that US NIH funding cuts have made it difficult for all academics who depend on the nation’s health agency for research support. When 27% of proposals were funded,…