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Somebody Wants My Balls!

Technically speaking, I believe it’s my ovaries that are the proper object of envy, but no matter. Prof-Like Substance has spoken. I’m going to try something a little different this week and actually do something organized, rather than just toss out anything that happens to be on my mind. I often get comments, here or…

Ask a Scienceblogger asks: ” What’s the deal with “virgin birth” (parthenogenesis)?” Many people, when they hear “virgin birth”, think of the Virgin Mary. But all good Catholics know that Mary, Queen of Heaven, is not a true example of parthenogenesis. Really – do you imagine that the Catholic church would let a mere female…

Perfusing the Magnet

What’s the funniest lab accident you’ve ever had?… …asks “Ask A Science Blogger”. Definitely not funny at the time. But funny in retrospect. As a grad student and a postdoc, I worked with cultured mammalian cells (animal and human). I used magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study their metabolism and functional behavior. This involved packing a…

Dr. Sexy Tells All

What are the best pickup lines for scientists and science-savvy folk?… I think I can best answer this Ask A Science Blogger question by quoting myself. So: Suzanne Franks, in her fabulous essay Suzy the Computer vs. Dr. Sexy: What’s A Geek Girl To Do When She Wants To Get Laid? which you can now…

Defeat Rick Santorum!

What’s the most important local political race to you this year (as a citizen, as a scientist)?… Dear god, please save me from Rick Santorum…oh wait. Is that a bit strange, to be praying for relief from Mr. RightWingChristianFundamentalist? Mr. EvolutionIsEvilNaziPropaganda? Mr. WomenShouldBeInTheHomeAndPregnant? Mr. ILiveInVirginiaButIWantPennsylvaniaToPayForMyKidsEducation? Last year I moved from Kansas and thought with great…

Not Even On the Radar Screen

Ask a Science Blogger asks: UPDATE: THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE OCT. 27TH ASK A SCIENCE BLOGGER ANSWER What’s the most underfunded scientific field that shouldn’t be underfunded?… I can’t presume to know the definitive answer. But I can give you one answer: a field that’s not even on the radar screen for nearly…

Best Science TV Show EVER!

So, you ask us bloggers this week… …What’s the best science TV show of all time?…

Women, Ramadan, and Food

It’s Ask a Science Blogger time again…. …A reader asks: Is severely regulating your diet for a month each year, as Muslims do during Ramadan, good for you? Here’s hoping my doctor and pharmacist SiBlings will take on this question and give us a medical perspective. I’m going to approach “is it good for you?”…