Archives for January, 2011

Definitely politicize this tragedy

Lately, I find myself disagreeing with PZ far more than I used to on a number of matters. Today though, I think he’s 100% correct: What we have here is an attempted assassination of a politician by an insane crank at a political event, in a state where the political discourse has been an unrelenting…

Thanks to Viktor at StrippedScience for letting me borrow his microbe New Year’s cartoon! Happy New Year! I was catching up on my blog reader and came across the NatureNews top science stories of 2010. I was curious how many of these stories would have something to do with microbes… turns out quite a few…

Ticks of the atomic clock

I rely on my phone to keep track of time – I tend to lose/break or cover watches in chalk, but my phone is pretty reliable. But how does it know the time, and how to people keep track of the passing seconds? Find out in this month’s SITN Flash. Last month, the Flash was…

It’s [expletive deleted]* Science!

I was going to leave all the promotion of ZOMGSCIENCE.net, to everyone else, but he (it has to be a he right?) did T-cells:

An so proceed ad infinitum

The vermin only teaze and pinch Their foes superior by an inch. So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite ‘em, And so proceed ad infinitum*: -Jonathan Swift Even though I study the immune system, it always amazes me just how many creatures make…

Like so many things, the problem is best explained with an analogy. Imagine a car parked in a dark garage (if you’re a mechanic by hobby or trade, make it a computer). Someone hands you keys to the car, a flashlight and a piece of metal that she says belongs to a car similar to…