Terra Sigillata

Archives for October, 2006

A new chemist is born

I’ve been delinquent in reading other blogs as of late, so I missed last week’s arrival of Rick and Patty’s new baby, Catherine, at Science, Shrimp and Grits. Rick is a great chemistry teacher in South Carolina who always has spot-on insights on the state of science education, together with personal insights on student performance…

Meet Chris Mooney on Sunday

As Bora has posted, the NC Triangle area is about to be paid a visit by Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science, Seed Magazine Washington correspondent, and ScienceBlogger at The Intersection. The book signing and lecture events are below but I wanted to invite local folks to a meet-up to talk with…

Psychoactive natural products

If you’ve been working in this field for any period of time, cocktail party discussions or talks with students invariably turn to nature’s greatest trove of biologically-active compounds, those that act on the central nervous system (CNS) as stimulants, euphorics, and hallucinogens. So, over the last couple of days, I’ve been enjoying the posts by…

Frequent commenter, anjou, just sent along a link to a MSNBC article by Robert Bazell entitled, “Ignoring the failures of alternative medicine.” The article is subtitled, “The U.S. spends millions testing popular supplements. It’s a futile effort.” Bazell is chief science and health correspondent for MSNBC. Most striking about Bazell’s article is that the mainstream…

Tar Heel Tavern #87: MSM Addendum

After putting together last evening’s carnival posts, I walked outside this morning to find the Q Opinion section of our local Sunday paper devoted to issues of blogging. Specifically, writer Eric Ferreri poses the question of whether bloggers should have a code of ethics, just like journalists. Martin Kuhn, a former UNC doctoral fellow in…

Tar Heel Tavern #87

Welcome to this week’s edition of Tar Heel Tavern, a roundup of all that is good about blogging from the state of North Carolina. If I missed your submission or if it’s Sunday morning and you think, “Dang, I forget to submit anything,” just fire me an e-mail and I’ll quickly add your work. So,…

This is kind of a homer version of The Friday Fermentable, but I think that it has enough international interest that I am putting it here and on the oft-neglected local blog, Bull City Bully Pulpit. Many themes will come together here that involve science blogging and this will be our first discussion of beer…

Hosting Tar Heel Tavern

Are you a North Carolina blogger of any sort? Have you ever lived in North Carolina? C’mon, I know many, many science folks who at one time did their training in the Old North State. Well, after hosting Tar Heel Tavern at my old blog in the Spring, I thought it would be a good…

The real news in this story is how the lead researcher responsibly tempers the interpretation of his 15 October report in Clinical Cancer Research. From United Press International: Grape seeds may help attack colon tumors DENVER, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Chemicals found in grape seeds have been found to inhibit growth of colorectal tumors in…

SAHA, or suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, was recently granted orphan drug approval by the US FDA for skin lesions resulting from cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. SAHA (vorinostat, Zolinza) will be marketed by Merck as they acquired in 2004 Aton Pharma, who had been developing the compound. (This free Nature Biotechnology article, while dated, gives background on the…