Saturday roundup

More fascinating topics I didn't get around to:

Orac disses a report linking Ipods to autism. Really. He also has the low-down on snake oil salesman Kevin Trudeau's unbelievable new book. You think having a few people on a blog deny the germ theory is bad; it's even worse when an author who'll sell millions of books does so.

Carl Zimmer has an excellent post discussing circuits and evolution, and even touching on network theory.

Joseph wonders about the gender gap in academic medicine.

The Bad Astronomer asks, is the government trying to kill us?

Dr. Charles gives the details on a new, more potent sunscreen.

Evil Monkey mentions a potential new therapy for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka "Lou Gehrig's disease").

Alex discusses the latest depressing news in scientific funding, leading to the characterization of a potentially "lost generation" of US scientists.

Over at The World's Fair, they're hosting a unique journal club:

Well, I'm on vacation as of today and thought now was as good a time as any to show off my primary online love affair. That is, the Science Creative Quarterly of which I am the editor. For the next week or so, I've chosen a piece on the SCQ that I think fits well with a particular blog on the scienceblog consortium. Overall, that means 43 pieces for 43 different blogs presented over the next seven days.

Check out Part 1; Part 2, and Part 3 up so far.

Effect Measure elaborates on the significance of the duck hunter paper I blogged about here.

Finally, still a bit lost with all the new folks at Scienceblogs? Bora has a roundup to orient you:

Part I
Part II
Part III

Part IV will be up today, so look for it at A blog around the clock.

More like this

British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking is ready to take a zero-gravity flight in a specially modified airplane next month. His trip is being paid for by Zero Gravity, an American company that normally charges $3,750. Hawking, who is almost completely paralyzed and frail after decades in a…
DNA Evidence Frees Man From Zoo | The Onion - America's Finest News Source "Shortly after the findings were revealed, Phoenix Zoo staff tranquilized, crated, and transported Panovich by helicopter to his Mesa, AZ home, where he was released into his front yard and reintroduced to his mate and two…
Yeah, yeah, so a bunch of astronomers and stuff are arguing about whether Pluto is a planet or not. But Kevin over at Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge gives the low-down on the real Pluto controversy.
tags:, bipolar disorder, manic-depressive illness, mental health, research Those of you who suffer from bipolar disorder, as I do, will be pleased to learn that some novel treatments are being developed for this illness, thanks to research combined with careful observations.…