Open Laboratory 2008 - submissions so far

The Open Laboratory 2008 is in the works. The submissions have been trickling in all year, but it is time now to dig through your Archives for your best posts since December 20th 2007 and submit them. Submit one, or two, or several - no problem. Or ask your readers to submit for you.

Then take a look at your favourite bloggers and pick some of their best posts - don't worry, we can deal with duplicate entries. Do not forget new and up-coming blogs - they may not know about the anthology - and submit their stuff as well.

As we did last year, we encourage you to also send in original poems and cartoons.

Keep in mind that the posts will be printed in a book! A post that relies heavily on links, long quotes, copyrighted pictures, movies, etc., will not translate well into print.

The deadline is December 1st, 2008.

Below are submissions so far. Check them out and get inspired. If you see that one of your posts is at an old URL and you have since moved, re-submit with the new URL (perhaps re-post it if necessary):


Rants of a Feminist Engineer: Stories of an academic panel discussion

Living the Scientific Life: Audubon's Aviary: Portraits of Endangered Species

The Oyster's Garter: Urochordata, Urochordata, Rah, Rah, Rah!

The End of the Pier Show: Ashtrays and Authority

The Daily Transcript: From Metabolism to Oncogenes and Back - Part I
The Daily Transcript: From Metabolism to Oncogenes and Back - Part II
The Daily Transcript: From Metabolism to Oncogenes and Back - Part III

The Beagle Project Blog: Genomics and plant evolution: blogging on my own peer reviewed research

The Beagle Project Blog: Detecting natural selection: a pika's tale

The Beagle Project Blog: Saving Darwin's muse

The Beagle Project Blog: A guest post by Wallace's Rottweiler on the 150th anniversary of natural selection.

The Beagle Project Blog: Would that which we call a rose, by a DNA barcode, smell as sweet?

My Favourite Places: Pepijn's Livingroom Urban Research Program (PLURP)

Charles Darwin's blog: If only I'd had a magic results machine in 1836...

It's a Micro World after all: Primum non nocere - Part I

The Skeptical Alchemist: From chance to function: the story of one gene (part 1)
The Skeptical Alchemist: From chance to function: the story of one gene (part 2)
The Skeptical Alchemist: From chance to function: the story of one gene (part 3)

Giovanna Di Sauro's blog: Who's afraid of Bisphenol A? (part 1)
Giovanna Di Sauro's blog: Who's afraid of Bisphenol A? (part 2)

Hope for Pandora: Dear Reviewer

The Scientific Activist: Why Are Veins Blue?

The Scientific Activist: Do You Want to Be Able to Crap Gold?

What is Life?: Who am I?

What is Life?: Work and Life Balance & Importance of Sleep!

DrugMonkey (PhysioProf): Academic Science: Not A Care Bears Fucking Tea Party

Mario's Entangled Bank: The Year of Evolution in the age of Open Access

Podblack Blog: The Sarah Silverman Of Skepticism

Podblack Blog: Political Punditry on McCain's Magical Thinking

Podblack Blog: Smart Bitches, Not Meerly Sex

Podblack Blog: The Specialness Of Species

Podblack Blog: She's Already Got Science - Women, Skepticism And The Need For More Research

Podblack Blog: Classic Science Paper: Belief in Fortune Telling Amongst College Students

Podblack Blog: Looking Good - Scientifically

XKCD: Unscientific

Digital Cuttlefish: Danger! Warning!

Digital Cuttlefish: The singularity can't come soon enough

Digital Cuttlefish: The Evolutionary Biology Valentine's Day Poem

Digital Cuttlefish: Apology 130 to William Shakespeare

Digital Cuttlefish: I Am The Very Model Of A Devious Creationist

Digital Cuttlefish: How Chromosome Numbers Change

Digital Cuttlefish: Oh Ye Of Little Faith

Expression Patterns: What will you be?

Mind the Gap: In which two dreams and an episode of CSI change the course of history

Adventures in Ethics and Science: Girls, boys, and Math

Skulls in the Stars: The discovery, rediscovery, and re-rediscovery of computed tomography

Science After Sunclipse: The Necessity of Mathematics

Neurophilosophy: Wilder Penfield: Neural Cartographer

Neurotic Physiology: Uber Coca, by Sigmund Freud

Neurotic Physiology: Passage of an Iron Rod through the Head

The Loom: Dawn of the Picasso fish

Tomorrow's Table: 10 Things about GE crops to Scratch From Your Worry List

Principles of Neurobiotaxis: The evolution and evolvability of modularity in the brain

Aardvarchaeology: The Strange Fate of the First Christian Burials on Gotland

Aardvarchaeology: Investigating the Field of Saint Olaf

FairerScience: Sid the Science Kid: A Review

Backreaction: We have only ourselves to judge on each other

Backreaction: The Equivalence Principle

O'Really?: If Science was an Olympic Sport...

O'Really?: Famous for fifteen people

Partially Attended: Why the LHC is not really that impressive

Michael Nielsen: The Future of Science

Biocurious: We need to stop pigeon-holing science

Science in the open: Avoid the pain and embarassment - make all the raw data available

Deep Thoughts and Silliness: The Hierarchical Structure of Bad Writing

Stripped Science: Last question (comic strip)

The Sciphu Weblog: How everything is a mess and still ok

The Sciphu Weblog: Was it all in vain ? The scientific method tale

The Sciphu Weblog: Now this is why we need genetic counselors

Sciphu: The Swedish Chlamydia Mystery

GumbyTheCat: The Texas Two-Step

Aetiology: Where did syphilis come from?

Aetiology: What's it like to work an Ebola outbreak?

Zimblog: The gender gap in math has disappeared

Building confidence: Big data: an informaticians best friend

I was lost but now I live here: Departmental retreats: academia with a twist of karaoke

I was lost but now I live here: Envisioning the scientific community as One Big Lab

I was lost but now I live here: The future of science, gradical change, and tools for the people

Panthera studentessa: What ecology is NOT

49 percent: Textbooks and reproduction-- why they gotta embellish?
49 percent: *groan*

Tetrapod Zoology: Sleep behaviour and sleep postures

Guadalupe Storm-Petrel: To Equine Things There is a Season (guest post by Barn Owl)

Pondering Pikaia: How do bats in a cave know if it is dark outside yet? Guest post by Anne Marie Hodge.

A Blog Around The Clock: Science vs. Britney Spears

A Blog Around The Clock: Domestication - it's a matter of time (always is for me, that's my 'hammer' for all nails)

A Blog Around The Clock: Scientists are Excellent Communicators ('Sizzle' follow-up)

A Blog Around The Clock: Why do earthworms come up to the surface after the rain?

A Blog Around The Clock: Clock Classics: It all started with the plants

A Blog Around The Clock: The Future is Here and it is Bright: Interview with Anne-Marie Hodge

Terra Sigilatta: Liveblogging the Vasectomy Chronicles

Antimatter: Hubble puzzle
Antimatter: Hubble solution

Antimatter: Cambridge conference review

Antimatter: The Denial of Global Warming

Antimatter: The Standard Model

Antimatter: Supersymmetry

Antimatter: The Big Bang and the Mind of God

Antimatter: Do anti-depressants work?

The Scientist: On depression--a personal perspective

Mindshavings: Further Recursion Excursion

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Science Blogging for Scientists: Planting the Seed

Tomorrow's Table: The Whirlpool of Scientific Thought

Dreams and hopes of a (post doc) scientist: Why I (shouldn't) don't tell too many people what I (really) do

Dreams and hopes of a (post doc) scientist: TLR, PPR, cytokines and signaling

FemaleScienceProfessor: The Best Woman

rENNISance woman: Nobody expects...

rENNISance woman: My first Nature paper

The Scientist: On the Nature of Networking


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There are 50 million informal caregivers (family and friends) in the USA. They attend to the 100 million people in need of caregiving. Both the caregivers and the care recipients need political support by a politician with courage and foresight who should serve as the next President.

Of course, the small businesses who employ caregivers would also support such an enlightened campaign supported by this very large voting block.

We need a tax break for businesses, especially for small businesses, when they hire and retain an informal caregiver as an employee. Businesses already have a tax break when they employ a disabled person. The same or similar tax break should be given to the business which hires informal caregivers or who already employ such caregivers.

It is imperative to create legislation which will enable the caregivers to do tele-work from the homes of the people in need of care. These are the so called informal caregivers, family and friends, who work without pay and provide unbelievably valuable service. Then the caregivers and care recipients would tele-campaign for legislation which would provide tax credits to the businesses who allow their employees to perform tele-work style.

There could also be major political support for this project by means of allowing businesses to receive carbon credits for each day they allow each of their employees to perform tele-work style. Then the business could sell these carbon credits, which is becoming a very large market.

In addition to allowing the caregivers to earn a living tele-work style from the homes of the care recipients they could also participate in tele-training to improve their abilities. Then they can become field representatives for the assistive technology industry, for alternative energy industry, for independent living home improvement industry and tele-work part time to very efficiently serve these industries and allowing the companies of these industry segments to penetrate markets which would not be available to them otherwise.
We could create a Presidential campaign based on legislation which would provide a tax break to the employers of caregivers. This campaign issue would assure that such a candidate certainly would be supported by much of the above 150 million population segment of the USA: caregivers and care recipients, as well as by the small business owners.

We could also save the environment and lower the use of petroleum if we gave the small businesses a large tax credit if they allowed their employees to tele-work.

The US Department of Labor predicts that by 2008, 54 percent of the work force will be involved in caring just for an elderly person making doctors' appointments, handling emergencies, giving transportation, buying and cooking food, all the basic functions of life the elderly person has difficulties performing.

But the informal caregivers who are also full time employed have a major problem; not everyone is able to manage the conflicting demands of working and caregiving.

A MetLife study reported that 16 percent of employees who perform as caregivers quit their jobs and 13 percent retired early in order that they could provide caregiving to the people in need. This study found that the average life-time loss per such person was an estimated $ 566 thousand in lost wages, $ 67 thousand in lower pension benefits, plus $ 25 thousand loss of Soc. Sec. benefits.

Also, many of the employees who are caregivers get passed over for promotions and are the first ones who are eliminated when a downsizing of the business takes place.

The legislation which would support the employers of the caregivers could also include a double or increased tax break for the employer if the business would allow the employees, who are involved in caregiving, to perform most of their work with great degree of flexibility such as telecommuting and flexible time.

The future of the US economy, including solutions for major problems like healthcare, environment, innovation, depends on micro enterprises and small businesses especially if they are organized in the lower cost environment of the rural communities. The 50 million informal caregivers, family members and friends of the care recipient, are perfectly positioned to organize and run these small and micro enterprises. They will concentrate on clean, green and assistive technologies (including telemed) taking the many products of the various manufacturers to the 100 million people in need of care and other users in the community.

The telemedicine, telehealth application segment alone can justify this campaign since it is the fastest growing problem in the USA. The future of the economy will, to a large degree, depend on a good solution for the largest problem: the runaway cost of healthcare. Telemedicine, telehealth would be great help to solve this problem. The family and informal caregivers can become the ones who take and report the vital signs of the care recipients, thus lowering the cost of medicine.

The caregiver can also help the care recipient to participate in clinical trials and do the necessary reporting. The monitoring the general condition and vitals of the care recipient even when the caregiver is not on location can be accomplished via the Web by the video capable Web terminal products allowing tele-conferencing so the care recipient would not feel alone.

An elegant statement from the family caregiver organization puts it just right:
There are more than 50 million family caregivers in the USA and they provide 80
percent of the long term care services to the 100 million homebound people in need of care.

These uncompensated services provided by the caregivers amount to more than 400 billion dollars annually.

Recently in a Fortune article Dr. Andy Grove made some very important and eloquent statement regarding the healthcare costs in the USA. His comments relate especially to the cost of care for the people who are in need of home based care: the frail elderly, the chronically ill and the disabled, about a 100 million in the USA alone. Medical spending in the USA is at 16% of the GDP and it is the fastest growing segment. The average American spends 440,000 dollars in his/her lifetime on healthcare. 280,000 of which will be spent after age 65 and approximately 50% of this will be spent on assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. So it stands to reason that if there were a way to keep the people in need of care in their own homes longer we would have a better and lower cost system: we could save $ 300 billion per year.

Thus it is clear that the caregivers and the carerecipients need political representation. They would be a loyal supporter of the Presidential candidate who represents them.

About the author
I have gained deep insight into the requirements of the people in need of caregiving and their caregivers when I worked for John Garamendi, now Lieutenant Governor of California, then State Senator

I have many years of personal experience using AT and found it very helpful in SPMS (secondary progressive multiple sclerosis) conditions as described below in a brief review of my personal experiences.

In addition to my extensive experience with AT, I also have related graduate credentials from both California State Univ at Northridge (the center for AT corporate interactions) as well as CSU in Sacramento and UOP in Stockton.

To compensate for a total loss of motor skills due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), I have focused on the development and performance of mental tasks. I write articles. I create books, I play Scrabble all with the help of my caregiver hero husband Laszlo. We watch DVD movies and documentaries from Netflix, a great service indeed, and listen to magazines and books on tape provided by the Library of Congress, another worthwhile service to people with disability, delivered at no charge then we discuss the content of these.

I am absolutely sure I am avoiding the onset of cognitive problems, dementia and Alzheimer's. I firmly believe that using my brain in activities requiring the mind will continue to keep me productive in spite of my severe physical disability. My husband even jokes that I am causing him to develop dementia because I remember all the phone numbers, all the names, all the activities in which we have participated, so he gives himself permission to forget such information.

There are things I can still do such as think, talk, observe, feel, react, compose: all mental functions. I have been forced to concentrate on the mind oriented activities.

People around me marvel at how I seem so normal, even though I am very physically limited I am also very mentally active. Yes, I have a disability, but my mind and emotions still work fine, maybe even better thanks to my husbands efforts to keep me involved.

My husband reminds me frequently that "no one is disabled when on the Internet, when one interacts via the Web". So I use him as my VoxBot (voice robot) and KeyBot (a keyboard robot) when I want something quick via the Web.

I am the luckiest person on the face of the earth, as Lou Gehrig so appropriately announced in his farewell speech, that I am surrounded by the support of my hero husband, my family and my friends and they all appreciate my mind and ignore my physical disability.

Janine M. Lodato
P.O.Box 838
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I would like to submit the following posts for consideration:

Publications & Grants Don't Matter - Just Pedigree

You Should Be Working 60-Hours a Week!

Beware of Killer Kits: They Can Really Kill Your Project

Thank you!

btw - we have really enjoyed the last 2 years of SciBlog Anthologies! Keep up the great work!

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