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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…

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…

That one looks delicious

While researching my recent post on the Nobel Prize, I discovered that the website has a series of “educational productions,” including games and written/illustrated primers on different topics. I’ve been playing the malaria game all morning – you have to fly a mosquito around drinking the blood of humans while avoiding bug spray and mosquito…

Whatever you do, just do it for peace

“We’re all violent inside, we’re all Hilter inside, and we’re all Christ inside. Just try to work on the good bit…”

In other words, you’re more likely to catch a cold from shaking their hand than to get an STI from Sitting on the same bench. There isn’t much reason to fear getting a sexually transmitted disease from naked sitters. These infections are most commonly the result of vigorous and prolonged exposure of a person’s mucous…

Halleluja, Amen.

I pledged to donate a bit every month for the next 6 months. I’ve been so cynical about politics recently, but I decided if I hear something I believe in, I should put my money where my mouth is. I’ll have to cut back on the coffee though… Via Slog.

A reward well deserved

Jad Abumrad, co-host of the amazing “Radiolab” just won a McArthur genius grant – a $500,000 prize with almost no limits on how to spend it. If you’ve never listened to Radiolab, stop reading blogs, go download an episode sit back with a good pair of headphones. It’s beautifully produced, a joy to listen to,…

Reflections on the past

I got this e-mail from the president of my school yesterday: Dear Members of the Harvard Community: Starting this October, Harvard will celebrate its 375th birthday. Such milestones encourage us to reflect on our institution’s remarkable past–to remember that all we aspire to today finds inspiration in the creativity and commitment of those who have…

More class warfare please

I’m a little behind on TV, so I was catching up on the Daily Show this morning. Last Thursday had one of the best segments I’ve ever seen (and that bar is pretty high): The Daily Show – World of Class Warfare – Warren Buffett vs. Wealthy ConservativesGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor &…