Archives for February, 2012

I know something’s amiss when my google news alert returns headlines like these: Why women who lust after Brad Pitt may just fancy his immune system It’s His Immune System That You Actually Want to Sleep With The key to male sexiness: A powerful immune system? and my personal favorite Antibodies, Not Hard Bodies: The…

Open Laboratory 2013

If you’ve been reading science blogs for a while, you probably know about Open Laboratory. It’s a yearly anthology of the best science blog writing on the internet. And the submission form is now open (there’s a handy little badge in the left sidebar too). If you appreciate the stuff that I do here, please…

A Vaccine for Drug Addiction

Cool: During the tests, mice were given access to deposits of heroin over an extended period of time. Those given the vaccine showed a huge drop in heroin consumption, giving the institute hope that it could also work on people[...] Using the immune system’s ability to make an immune response against any molecule is awesome,…

The Future of Science Publishing

A little over 300 years ago, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, a dry goods seller from Delft in Holland, learned to grind glass into lenses and fashion the best microscopes the world had ever seen. In those days, the idea of being a “scientist” as a profession was ludicrous. Natural philosophy was pastime for nobility or at…

Back in December, Rees Kassen wrote an editorial for Nature arguing that if scientists want political decisions to reflect good science, they have to get involved. scientists[...] think too highly of their own view of the world and fail to appreciate the complex, multifarious nature of decision making. Our mistake is to think that science…

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone

A song about that creepy-uppy kind of love