Terra Sigillata

Archives for November, 2007

There’s a great interview up at the website of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s BT Catalyst with Dr Chris Brodie, associate editor of American Scientist magazine, a publication of the Sigma Xi scientific research society. Chris recently helped to organize a new organization called Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC) and speaks with terrific clarity…

My colleague and guest wine blogger, Erleichda, wrote previously on his birthday trip to New Zealand’s wine destinations. I accidentally posted his writings in reverse, with his description of wines of the Marlborough district here. Below was intended to be the first of the two columns. Another Wine Escapade: New Zealand’s Central Otago Region by…

Over 100,000 served…

…and we thank you. If you look down yonder left, you’ll see that my SiteMeter counter passed 100,000 visits earlier today. To be precise, a visitor from the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House Institute of Education dialed into ScienceBlogs’ ‘Last 24 Hours’ channel at 2037 GMT and clicked on my post about yesterday’s death of…

This question, posed in 1965 by a Gator football coach to University of Florida renal physiologist J. Robert Cade, MD, PhD, led to the development of Gatorade and the tremendously successful sports drink industry. Yesterday, the revered Dr Cade went to that Gatorade cooler in the sky, at age 80. What a remarkable renal physiology…

Compounds in grapefruit juice inhibits an enzyme required for metabolism of nearly half of prescription drugs on the market. If you inhibit drug metabolism, would that allow you to take a lower (and cheaper) dose of one of those drugs, especially an expensive drug? That is the proposition of a company called Bioavailability Systems, featured…

We discussed in a post the other day about the use of a class of anti-glaucoma drugs for cosmetic purposes to increase the number and thickness of eyelashes. Well, we can always count on The Onion to provide us with levity and witty parody on current events. I’m not sure what is more difficult: interpreting…

As I sat to write a post this morning, I became more engaged in a story in the New York Times magazine by Dr Daniel Carlat entitled, “Dr. Drug Rep.” Joseph of Corpus Callosum recently commented here about being solicited to recommend fellow physicians in the local area and nationally who he perceived as “thought…

I’m a little late today with The Friday Fermentable. I wanted to be able to report back from a local beer tasting event called Black Friday Beer Fest. In deference to today’s major shopping day in the US (named Black Friday to denote that many businesses come out of the “red” due to the brisk…

Many thanks to all

For readers not in the US, today is Thanksgiving Day. Our friends to the north celebrated their harvest festival last month. I’ll be giving thanks today to my local Honeybaked Ham® franchise for making our little stay-at-home celebration that much easier. As I also enjoy my British-crafted Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, I’ll also be giving…

I was looking through more links tonight after posting earlier on the Polk County school board’s intention to introduce intelligent design into the science curriculum. I saw this post, An Open Letter to the Polk County, Florida School Board from The Austringer, Dr Wesley Elsberry. Turns out that Elsberry is a product of [a] public…