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Archives for April, 2009

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Don’t miss your PalCast

I’d like to remind everyone that the PalCast, after a brief hiatus, is up and running again. Given the chaos of life and work (and the fact that work is likely to get even busier very, very soon) the schedule may be a tiny bit erratic, but tune it…you might like it. The PalCast (coined…

Why science rocks (and splashes)

Physicist Matt Springer might not know much about borborygmi, shifting dullness, or a succussion splash, but the man knows his science. You’ve got to read his piece on poop. You won’t regret it.

Vendetta!

The time is now. The gauntlet of idiocy rests at our feet. Shall we turn and walk away, or shall we bend down, pick it up, and accept the challenge? What? What’s that you say? Turn from the forces of darkness? ARE WE NOT WO/MEN?!? We must not turn from the task before us. The…

I get mail!

Pursuant to my policies, I am reprinting an email, with identifying details redacted. I thought it would make for a nice conversation. A few comments first. The tone and intent of the letter is, I would say, very nice. The content, however suffers from all kinds of being wrong, and contains great examples of common…

Here at ScienceBlogs we have a (very) informal agreement to try to avoid profanity-laden titles. Personally, they don’t bother me at all, but I can see the point—there are lots of folks who probably don’t want their feed reader to pop up with what I’m about to say.

Minnesota’s dimwitted gift to humanity, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R–but did you have to ask?) had this to say regarding swine flu (H/T Steph Z): I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President…

We have a lot to cover today, but first things first: the Big Question. If you’ll cast your memory way back (thanks, Van) you’ll remember that a good question to ask altmed followers is the one of abandonment: what would it take for them to abandon a modality? Well, the answers are in, and the…

I tuned into a CDC conference call this afternoon. It was interesting. As is often the case with emerging diseases, what we don’t know vastly outweighs what we do. For the best public health information in the blogosphere, and the best flu updates, go to Effect Measure. The CDC emphasized that it’s quite early and…

It’s going live shortly, the wifi gods willing. Conference here. Tweet at http://twitter.com/palmd