Archives for November, 2011

Last chance to help out with Movember!

Here it is, the last day of Movember – a charity initiative to raise money for men’s health. *1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime *A man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 2.2 minutes *1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime *Men are…

Nobel controversy update

Back in October, I wrote about the bittersweet nature of this year’s Nobel in Physiology or Medicine. On the one hand, it was given for early discoveries in the field of innate immunity – my field! On the other hand, it was given to a scientist that many* feel is undeserving of the honor, while…

Ladies – Do your part for Movember

I’m a little late with this video: Yes, I know the actual day has passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the rest of the month count. And guys, you don’t have to feel left out, even if you don’t have a mustache – check out my Movember page, see my luxurious mustache (it’s…

Allergies 101 – Part deux

Earlier this week, I wrote a little bit about what causes allergic symptoms – your immune system confuses pollen (or some other allergen) for a worm, and then arms your granulocytic grenades to explode every time you come into contact with it. But why does this confusion happen? This is a bit more complicated.

To do science, we need government funding. However you feel about the free market, there just isn’t a way for the free market to work on basic research. It’s too risky, with not enough profitability. The things I discover in lab next week will never make me rich, and I’m not aware of many Nobel…

Allergies 101

One of my favorite places on the internet is r/askscience, a place on reddit where people come and ask questions, and a panel of scientists answer. People can ask follow-up questions, and there is often some great back-and forth (to be honest, part of the reason I haven’t been writing as much here is because…

Movember

Well, this is going to be embarrassing. This year, some friends and I are participating in “Movember,” an effort to raise money for prostate cancer research by having men embarrass themselves with ridiculous mustaches This is a shot of me this past weekend: But alas, that fine follicular growth is entirely artificial. If you’ve ever…