Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for October, 2007

The latest Watson news is that Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has “suspended [his] administrative responsibilities…pending further deliberation by the board.” Watson, meanwhile, has begun the “Did I say that? No! I didn’t mean it!” apologia that usually follows when some noted figure catches hell for being more frank about his or her racist views than…

Friday Bookshelf: “On Her Own Terms”

This week’s Friday Bookshelf is actually a repeat of a blog post from the old blog site. It begins with a question: Who was Annie Montague Alexander?

Your Photos Here…

You may have noticed on the main Scienceblogs page that the major categories have been reduced in number and renamed; we now have eight, each with its own spiffy landing page. For example, here’s the one for Education & Careers. Each landing page has a photo at the top; these photos will be rotating and…

Science Museum Cancels Watson Visit

From the BBC News: The Science Museum has cancelled a talk by American DNA pioneer Dr James Watson after he claimed black people were less intelligent than white people…saying his views went “beyond the point of acceptable debate”. Skills Minister David Lammy said Dr Watson’s views “were deeply offensive”. He added: “They will succeed only…

Primate Diaries passed this meme on to me. It was started by Scibling PZ Myers at Pharyngula as a means of demonstrating evolution in cyberspace. First, the rules:

Washington Post reports on the appointment of Susan Orr: The Bush administration again has appointed a chief of family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who has been critical of contraception.

Watson to Africa: You’re All Dumb

Spitting on Rosalind Franklin’s grave is apparently not satisfying enough for Jim Watson. When you are a largemouth ass, you have to do much, much more. So now he’s maligned all of Africa and everyone of African descent. Here’s a quote: he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies…

By way of the Chronicle News Blog…researchers are using a brain-computer interface to allow physically-impaired people move an avatar around in Second Life. The system consists of a headpiece equipped with electrodes that monitor activity in three areas of the motor cortex (the region of the brain involved in controlling the movement of the arms…

Really. I am not making this up. As quoted in The Guardian: He smiles. “Rosalind is my cross,” he says slowly. “I’ll bear it. I think she was partially autistic.” He pauses for a while, before repeating the suggestion, as if to make it clear that this is no off-the-cuff insult, but a considered diagnosis.…

Plant Anyway

So, it’s Blog Action Day, and we’re all supposed to post something related to the environment. Science Woman has a very hopeful post about how “having a daughter has brought the idea of intergenerational responsibility into much sharper focus” for her. What shall I tell you? I spent a good part of this afternoon clearing…