Terra Sigillata

Archives for February, 2007

The Department of Anatomy at SIU Medical School was kind enough to link to each of us cited by Nature last July among the top 50 blogs written by scientists. Here’s to hoping that more widespread acceptance of blogs stimulates other scientists to start their own.

Never bathe in rose petals

Such was the tagline of a review of Amy Stewart’s new book, “Flower Confidential,” as written by George Anders in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. Ms. Stewart, however, is a danger-seeker. In “Flower Confidential” she tests her love by grabbing her reporter’s notebook and her passport and traveling to Latin American farms and Dutch markets…

Police reunion at the Grammys

PharmGirl just called me into the living room to see the reunion of the defining band of my adolescence. Roxanne. Wow! Holy hell, is Stewart Copeland still an amazing drummer? Sting and Andy playing their original guitars. Why do I feel like they have aged better than I?

Where to buy dichloroacetate…

…has been the number one Google search term leading people to the blog this week – and that worries me.

My apologies to those regular readers who may have noticed my recent case of blogger’s malaise. A combination of family sicknesses and having to write a fair bit for the day job seems to have interfered with this week’s blogging. So, what to do? Link to other worthy blogs! This gives me an opportunity to…

I’ve stood at the periphery of the dichloroacetate (DCA) story mostly because my attention has been needed elsewhere as of late. However, I was very interested in the blogosphere attention given to the Cancer Cell paper from a group led by Dr Evangelos Michelakis at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The University of Alberta…

Between the news offices for New England Journal of Medicine and NIH’s National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), you have no doubt already heard the report that topical application of lavender and tea tree oil-containing products has been linked with gynecomastia in three boys. Yes, imagine being a private practice pediatrician whose 10-year-old male…