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Archives for August, 2008

I was struck by the comments over at Razib’s blog on the matter of Jamaicans and genetic pre-disposition. I even left a skeptical comment there about it. I’ll keep going on about it here. I’m sure genetic make-up has something to do with pretty much everything; and I’m just as confident that other factors (coaching,…

Sentences in review

“Over the past three decades, grosso modo discourses of militancy in AFNs in the US have been superseded by more circumspect, incrementalist narratives of change, better adapted to hegemonic notions of the market and consumer choice promulgated by the dominant neoliberal political economy.”

I just saw this video at McSweeney’s (which in turn got it from Today’s Big Thing). It’s quite the stunner, watching the lightning seek out ground and then BOOM.

Recently used this graphic at a student conference opening, and it was met with a surprisingly good reaction. Weird how no matter how hard you look at this, you can’t get past the Disney influence.

Superpowers: Also hereditary

Let’s start this off with a mini-meme. Do you, or anyone you know, have apparent “superpowers”? This request is not as weird as it seems – let me explain.

This post was written by guest blogger Elizabeth Green Musselman.* One year ago I began producing The Missing Link, a monthly podcast on the history of science, medicine, and technology. In case you are unfamiliar with the world of podcasting, which is a type of audio blogging that began in 2005, let me give you…

CELEBRITY: Who are you? GENETICIST: I am a geneticist. CELEBRITY: Like, is that a big word for someone who is not as cool as me?

I don’t make it a point to keep up with the goings on at Lower Blakemere Farm, Blakemere, Herefordshire (UK). But they have a very well-developed series of podcasts that let me do so anyhow. Here then, with a great name: Wiggly Wigglers. Criminy, there’s a lot — they’re up to #144. Fun to listen…

Old MacDonald speaks to a geneticist

OLD MACDONALD: Do you want to buy some beef? GENETICIST: If the beef is not tainted with mad cow, then I would be very much interested in purchasing your beef. However, as there have been a few recent outbreaks of this disease in North America, I think I will abstain for now. OLD MACDONALD: What…

In a time of increasing concern for water quality and availability, nuclear power facilities require enormous quantities of water and put back effluent into those nearby water sources. At a time of carbon counting, they also generate considerable carbon emissions through the process of construction and with the life-cycle chain of fuel (uranium) mining, milling,…