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Triangle Tweetup tonight

I only signed up for Twitter (@abelpharmboy) on 21 January but have found it incredibly valuable for staying up to speed on blogs, MSM articles, local and national news, and science and medicine stories. I’ve already accumulated 284 “followers” which is about half of our daily blog visitors. I’d say that about 60% of those…

Run, do not walk, to the most recent addition to the ScienceBlogs.com family, AoMFASR, the blog of geology professor, Dr Kim Hannula. You people already had to bear with my fawning about Colorado but you’ll now get real, natural history and geological sciences info from a scientist with expertise to share with you the glory…

I know that many of you have seen this article by Matthew Perronne since it was picked up by the majority of AP outlets this morning: Two drugmakers spent hundreds of millions of dollars last year to raise awareness of a murky illness, helping boost sales of pills recently approved as treatments and drowning out…

I’m stuck in the US East Coast ice and snow trying to get home after some science work for our nation’s health agency (that is my rationale for posting this on my Sb blog). My four-hour equipment and weather delay has now turned into a canceled flight. The gate agent just announced that those of…

Mike Dunford has a post about how some (ok, Fox News) are already stating the Obama isn’t really president because of the flub in today’s oath of office during the inauguration ceremonies – never mind that the former Senator actually became president at noon, about ten minutes before the actual oath (although Orin Kerr has…

The best coverage of the science behind the apparent “bird-strike” cause of yesterday’s USAirways miracle on the Hudson can be found at Scientific American online: It basically comes down to the physics equation for kinetic energy: Energy is proportional to mass times velocity squared. The velocity of the aircraft allows for the impact of this…

I have something like ten posts already started and none of them done due to that silly work thing. I don’t know how the other people around ScienceBlogs actually get posts up with such frequency. In the meantime, I had a thought while conversing with Alice Pawley and Suzanne Franks about their session at the…

Debunking “bunkum”

I did not know this: In the spirit of our recent hosting of the Tar Heel Tavern blog carnival and our general posts on debunking alternative medicine, I learned today about the source of these two words with ties to the homeland. Miss Cellania’s always informative posts at mental_floss blog linked today to Neatorama’s, 10…

Daylight-saving time

As I may not be able to get an original post up today, I wish to direct readers to an interesting post by Dave Munger at Cognitive Daily. Dave does a very nice job of explaining how the purported energy savings of the DST change may not actually help, or worse, cost us energy in…

How “Trackback” Works

For those of you are are snickering at how this blogger didn’t really understand trackback, a basic feature of blogging, just picture for a moment the all-too-common occurrence of four PhDs struggling at the lecture podium to get the A/V program to work for an esteemed guest speaker. Well, I’ve got me one of them…