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Archives for February, 2009

On the Nature bloggy hubbub

I’ve been scarce around these parts and hope to get a Friday Fermentable up before midnight. However, I just wanted to share the following on the last couple of days discussions about Nature Publishing Group’s various pronouncements on the importance of science blogging, especially their mention in Nature Methods of ScienceOnline’09, an unconference I co-organized…

Okay people, these students in Miss Stacy Baker’s biology classes and Extreme Biology blog have been rocking my world for quite some time. They’ve now burst onto the national media and were all the buzz of the recent ScienceOnline’09 conference. For those not familiar with the story, Stacy Baker is a biology teacher at the…

Over the weekend, Comrade PhysioProf at DrugMonkey posted on the details of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds distribution for the US National Institutes of Health. For some unusual reason, the letter that was sent to NIH investigators and posted on the NIH website has now been removed and replaced today by the…

Welcome 4 March readers of The Daily Grail – please be sure to also click on the original post about the DMT article by my colleague, Laura Mariani. Thanks to Dave Munger & Co’s ResearchBlogging.org, I just found a fabulous neuroscience grad student blogger from Emory University: Laura E Mariani at Neurotypical? Doctor-to-be Mariani blogged…

Enjoy the Oscars

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, Some that you recognise, some that you’ve hardly even heard of, People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame, Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain. Celluloid Heroes, The Kinks, 1972 Star-generator hat tip: Pharmagossip With gratitude to Johnny G.…

While I get to finishing my post on the much-ballyhooed ScienceOnline’09 winetasting, I’d like to share with readers a fantastic wine essay by MIT Professor of Science Writing and multiply-decorated journalist, Thomas Levenson. Tom also writes The Inverse Square Blog where each post includes at least one illustration as beautiful as his writing. Tom is…

Dear Friends, I have been so swamped lately, I cannot even spend enough time with PharmGirl and PharmKid much less find time to call my out-of-state family, what with time zones, kid bedtimes, and such. However, each of you continue to put out a large volume of high quality posts that I really want to…

The complicity of revered academic institutions in the promotion of pseudoscience today takes another step forward. The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), known formerly as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCP&S), will bestow an honorary Doctor(ate) of Science on John A Borneman, III, to celebrate their Founders’ Day. From the university…

I could write a post every other week, at minimum, on dietary supplements adulterated with prescription drugs – against federal law, but easy to do with bulk pharmaceuticals available from overseas and no independent product purity oversight. But here’s a new one from the Key West Citizen: Acupuncturist arrested An acupuncturist who operates a business…

I had occasion this week to tell friends the story of my maternal grandmother. She was born in 1906 in an eastern Pennsylvania coal mining town. Her family was so poor that she was sent at age 16 to northern New Jersey to clean houses for wealthy families. She gave me pictures of her from…