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Archives for March, 2008

Local wine shops are to wine what ScienceBlogs.com is to science blogs – while perhaps imperfect, they are both good at directing you to unique sources and enriching flavors. With the proliferation of information and winemakers, we can all use some educated filtering guides. And that is how I view outstanding local vendors of wine.…

It’s been a roller coaster of a week for Charles E Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. (Wikipedia history here). As we noted earlier this week, Jordan’s Shivani Sud took first prize in the Intel Science Talent Search for her work on biochemical markers of stage II colon cancer. The Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science…

[Hi Mom. Will call you soon but you really need not read this post. Love, Your son.] Bora/Coturnix just alerted me to the FDA approval of a home sperm-check test that can be used to determine the effectiveness of one’s vasectomy. The product, SpermCheck Vasectomy, was developed by Dr John C Kerr and fellow researchers…

[Welcome mental_floss blog and Daily Kos readers. After you read about this outstanding young woman, you can learn more about me, my life story, and this blog here.] If you read elsewhere at ScienceBlogs.com, you’ll know that several bloggers have been discussing race and gender issues in the scientific and medical research communities as well…

Happy 51st, Professor Myers!

On this day in 1957, A magnitude 9.1 earthquake shook the Andreanof Islands in Alaska, the second strongest quake in U.S. history (although Alaska would not become the 49th state until more than a year later), generating a tsunami that hit the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat (Day-O) was number 6 on…

Your Humble Blogger has suddenly become the go-to guy in the blogosphere for all things vasectomy. I don’t know why. So I’ve embraced becoming an ambassador for the double-snip and bring you a clever radio marketing campaign from the Oregon Urology Institute in Springfield: Guys, what would you endure for a weekend in paradise? To…

Just a hypothesis here. A vibrant, 55-year-old Denver-area furniture executive, Lesile Fishbein, is possibly near death according to The Denver Post: The bubbly Fishbein, one of the most recognizable faces in the metro area because of her television ads for her company, Kacey Fine Furniture, was admitted to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital for emergency treatment on…

Eve Marie Carson 1985-2008

Eve Carson | student body president | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This photo was taken on Monday, 3 March. Eve was shot less than 36 hours later. The entire campus, community and alumni mourn her death. She had a ethic of public service so strongly symbolized in her response to why she…

[Back by popular demand is my Friday Fermentable co-blogger, Erleichda - to read all of the offerings from my silver-tongued and golden-palated friend, see this compilation. For new readers, here is The Friday Fermentable mission statement.] Another Wine Experience : 2002 White & Red Burgundies By Erleichda It was Mort’s fault. As alluded to obliquely…

Yesterday, we received tomorrow’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and, yet again, I nearly walked into a tree coming back from the mailbox. This (abstract, full text), folks, is a fascinating medical detective story rivaled only by (and similar to) the discovery that Parkinson’s disease could be caused by contaminant from a…