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Archives for August, 2008

To coincide with the Nature Science Blogging 2008 conference this weekend in London, we present this guest post from Coracle, the away-from-the-bench scientist who writes the Science and Progress blog. I’ve long been a fan of Science and Progress and Coracle shares my love of natural products pharmacology and skeptical eye for alternative medicine. If…

All of us at Terra Sig world headquarters are sending out hearty congratulations to the boys over at Deep Sea News – Peter Etnoyer, Craig McClain, and Kevin Zelnio – on the announcement of their September move to the Discovery Channel online. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting all three gentlemen in person, even…

A couple of colleagues turned me on the other morning to a press release by researchers at the University of Warwick who recently published in PNAS that their data apparently overturns the Meyer-Overton Rule regarding solubility of a compound in olive oil and its propensity for crossing biological membranes. I’m having trouble understanding exactly why…

I am not worthy

[Sort of a repost from the last two years, updated appropriately - APB] Six years ago at 11:24 am EDT (1624 GMT), your humble blogger was handed the keys to a whole new vocabulary of love. The gift came in the form of a 7 lb. 13 oz. (3,544 gm), 20.5 inch (52 cm) bundle…

I was surfing around the DNC site last night and came upon this nice addendum to yesterday’s post: a series of videos about the Denver area narrated by a proud native and six-term Congresswoman Diana Degette (D-CO, 1st). I was reminded while going through 5280 magazine that Rep. Degette had written a book about the…

Get me in my 1977 Chevy pickup with KBCO blasting from the radio, head up for a trail run at the Dakota Ridge Red Rocks Trail near the I-70 geologic cutout (the hypoxia makes the colors seem even more intense), then back to town to the Wynkoop Brewing Company for a few pints of Railyard…

As a former resident of The Queen City of the Plains, my goal today was to write some travel tips for those bloggers attending the DNC in Denver next week. However, I got a bit sidetracked by the case a couple of weeks ago about the gentleman who died of cyanide poisoning at a hotel…

BusinessWeek sends us Airborne

Many thanks to science and medical senior writer Cathy Arnst of BusinessWeek for the unexpected coverage online a couple of days ago in their Working Parents blog. Ms Arnst cited Terra Sig and one of our previous posts in discussing the additional FTC settlement funds to be provided by the makers of Airborne for false…

I’m sure this question has been addressed in the educational literature to which I do not currently have electronic access. The question for the day is whether a department that has, say, a 10-year record of awarding tenure to every faculty member who has come up for evaluation is one that has standards that are…

I am officially embarrassed. It was recently brought to my attention that my previous post misattributed the new Praxis blog to Bora Zivkovic. Bora did indeed host the first edition of Praxis, the new blog carnival of academic life. However. The Praxis experimental carnival of “the experience of living the scientific” was established, founded, and…