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December 8, 2008

00:03
I told you Canada was a sensible place. at A Somewhat Old, But Capacious Handbag

Q Transmissions, a Canadian skeptical radio show, is holding a contest! Record yourself singing these lyrics and you could achieve FAME and a PRIZE.As some commenters have pointed out, the scansion is dodgy in parts and I couldn't be arsed to think of many

Bustin' out all over at Pharyngula : It must be the season. The godless are popping up all over.Strange Doctrines is back after a hiatus. I suspect he was off in mystic Tibet studying the rituals of Dormammu.Go say hello to the Hooping Humanist. He's even got a picture of me!I don't know if we

December 7, 2008

23:24
Cold Sore Virus May Be Alzheimer's Smoking Gun at Slashdot: Science

Science Daily is reporting that the virus behind cold sores has been found to be a major cause of the insoluble protein plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease sufferers. Researchers believe the herpes simplex virus is a significant factor in developing

Cold sore virus linked to Alzheimer's at Science Blog - Think. It's not illegal yet. : The virus behind cold sores is a major cause of the insoluble protein plaques found in the brains of Alzheimers disease sufferers, University of Manchester researchers have revealed.read more

22:00
Should hospitals use Twitter to follow patients? at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Would it be creepy if a hospital followed a patient on Twitter?That's just one issue to consider as hospitals are joining the popular microblog service. Ves Dimov points out that top institutions like the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic are Web 2.0 pioneers

How Should Hospitals Use Twitter? at Clinical Cases and Images - Blog : Many U.S. hospitals are already on Twitter but most of them use it as a one-way channel. They just "push" updates to the followers without replying or making favorites to share with others.Is this the best way to use Twitter?Is it "creepy" if a hospital follows

21:42
A Virtual Brainstorming Session for You to Give Obama Health-care Reform Input at Pharma Marketing Blog

Associate PressTom Daschle wants you to party like it’s 1992. What will be the main topic of conversation at your holiday party this year? If you take the advice of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President-elect Barack Obamas choice for Health and Human Services

Will stem cell research have a good time in new administration? at Stem Cell Research Blog : Stem cell research is likely to start afresh with the new administration in the USA. It seems stem cell research is a high priority in the upcoming administration. Moreover, President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to invest in the physical and life sciences

Memo to Barack Obama at Responsible Nanotechnology : Shortages are not in short supply these days, here in the USA: we have a shortage of credit, a shortage of jobs, a shortage of budget revenue, and a shortage of good will from around the world. But one thing not in shortage is advice for the incoming President.

Daschle Suggests Decking Halls With Health Reform at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Associate PressTom Daschle wants you to party like it’s 1992. What will be the main topic of conversation at your holiday party this year? If you take the advice of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President-elect Barack Obamas choice for Health and Human Services

21:00
Framing Good Transit Policy Poorly: The Efficiency Argument at Mike the Mad Biologist

One of the things that I don't write about much on the blog, but that I do follow with great interest is urban planning and transportation (yes, I need new hobbies). Among the glitterati of blogtopia (and, yes, skippy invented that phrase), there's a lot of

links for 2008-12-08 at Uncertain Principles : Holiday Guide 2008: Gifts - Best Books of 2008 (washingtonpost.com)Only three science books, but at least they have a Science category.(tags: books review science society culture)Mike the Mad Biologist : Framing Good Transit Policy Poorly: The Efficiency Argument"I

18:50
RIP Patient H.M. at Pure Pedantry

The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

Seeya H.M.! at Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog : Arguably the most important and certainly the most famous single case study patient in Psychology and Neuroscience passed away on Tuesday December 2nd. H.M. as he was known to probably every student of Psychology can now be revealed as Henry G. Molaison, 82,

The Buzz: Famous Case Study Subject Dies at Page 3.14 : The subject of one of the most famous case studies in cognitive psychology died Tuesday of heart failure. Referenced by the initials "H.M.," Henry Molaison was known for losing his episodic memory as the result of an operation during which neurosurgeons removed

The Unforgettable Amnesiac at Slashdot: Science : jamie found an account in the NYTimes of the life and death of one of the most important figures in modern neuroscience, Henry Gustav Molaison — a man who could not form memories. Molaison became an amnesiac after a brain operation in 1953. Known worldwide

We'll remember H.M. even if he could not remember us at A Blog Around The Clock : Everyone who's ever taken a Neuroscience class in college remembers the strange case of H.M.H.M. suffered from epilepsy. Back in 1953, his brain was operated on - some large chunks (the hippocampi) were removed. Epilepsy was gone. So was his memory.He could

H. M. dies after helping build the science of memory at John Hawks Anthropology Weblog : A man known to most psychologists only as H. M. has died. Benedict Carey has the story. After a brain operation to relieve profound seizures, H. M. was left with a complete inability to form new declarative memories. And his condition led to a revolution in

Death of H.M. at Neuroethics & Law Blog : The famous research subject, H.M., has died at age 82. Here is an excerpt from the NYT:In 1953, he underwent an experimental brain operation in Hartford to correct a seizure disorder, only to emerge from it fundamentally and irreparably changed. He developed

We Won't Forget You at The Neurocritic : The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

13:55
Immaculate perception at Mind Hacks

Oh pareidolia. I mean I understand seeing something that maybe looks like something else in the clouds or one time I accidentally peeled an orange that looked like a penis. But thinking that there is something actually significant and spiritually meaningful

Religion on the brain - literally at Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog : Oh pareidolia. I mean I understand seeing something that maybe looks like something else in the clouds or one time I accidentally peeled an orange that looked like a penis. But thinking that there is something actually significant and spiritually meaningful

13:29
Carnivalia at The Greenbelt

The 79th Carnival of the Liberals (Kicking Around George W. Bush & Evolution) is at the Capitol Annex.

Carnival of the Liberals #79 at Accidental Blogger : The 79th Carnival of the Liberals (Kicking Around George W. Bush & Evolution) is at the Capitol Annex.

13:12
Nicholas Wade on the Colbert Report at Pure Pedantry

Nicholas Wade (a friend of mine's Dad actually) was on the Colbert Report talking about cloning wooly mammoths. Colbert asks the obvious question: why don't we just staple shag carpeting to an elephant?Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this

Interview with Nicholas Wade at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : This is the full episode of The Colbert Report from last Thursday, which includes an interview with Nicholas Wade about regenerating a mammoth.

Meanwhile, in mammoth land at archy : Over the last few months I've neglected woolly mammoth news because I was distracted by the election and my mother's health. It's time to get back to work.Nicholas Wade was on the Colbert Report talking about cloning woolly mammoths. Colbert asked the obvious

12:40
Open Letter to President Barack Obama on Healthcare Information Technology: The "We're Right" Wing vs. The "Left Out" Wing at Health Care Renewal

Mr. President, it is obvious that healthcare requires change. Change is needed in order to assure equal access to all, an end to disparities in quality and service, sanity in costs, and realize other reforms that will promote healthcare justice for all.You

Trashcan: chaotic remnants at Evolving Thoughts : Siris has an interesting piece on the nature of the liberal arts. I loves me some 13th century, I does.Bora objects to Obama's choices being characterised as "elites" and therefore bad. On the other hand, the term "groupthink" was coined to characterise the

09:01
No Such RUC - The New England Journal Takes on the Primary Care Crisis, Sort Of at Health Care Renewal

The vast amounts spent globally on health care do not seem to translate into access for many patients, quality care, and improved outcomes. The US, in particular, spends huge amounts, now more than $2 trillion a year, without getting universal access, or superb

Open Letter to President Barack Obama on Healthcare Information Technology: The "We're Right" Wing vs. The "Left Out" Wing at Health Care Renewal : Mr. President, it is obvious that healthcare requires change. Change is needed in order to assure equal access to all, an end to disparities in quality and service, sanity in costs, and realize other reforms that will promote healthcare justice for all.You

Gene Expression Can Predict the Survival of Lymphoma Patients at Highlight HEALTH : A study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine identified sets of genes in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma that influence the effectiveness of chemotherapy [1]. Researchers found that the tumor microenvironment, consisting of non-cancerous

New Options for Treating Low Libido in Post-Menopausal Women at GNIF Brain Blogger : Testosterone levels in women decline with age, beginning in the late reproductive years. This can lead to a decrease in sexual desire and satisfaction. However, to date, there are few treatment options for this condition. Most studies and treatment options

Salt and Lead at The Frontal Cortex : Nicholas Kristof has an important column on the link between iodized salt and IQ in developing countries:Almost one-third of the world's people don't get enough iodine from food and water. The result in extreme cases is large goiters that swell their necks,

06:49
A Virtual Brainstorming Session for You to Give Obama Health-care Reform Input at Pharma Marketing Blog

Associate PressTom Daschle wants you to party like it’s 1992. What will be the main topic of conversation at your holiday party this year? If you take the advice of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President-elect Barack Obamas choice for Health and Human Services

Daschle Suggests Decking Halls With Health Reform at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Associate PressTom Daschle wants you to party like it’s 1992. What will be the main topic of conversation at your holiday party this year? If you take the advice of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President-elect Barack Obamas choice for Health and Human Services

06:42
Twelve Months of A Blog Around The Clock at A Blog Around The Clock

It's that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. Here is last year's entry. Rules are simple - post the first line of the first post for every month. I've omitted my Monday Mustelid, Today In Science and Friday Poem (semi-)regular

Twelve months of Terra Sig (2008) at Terra Sigillata : Brothers Bora and Drug reminded me that it is time for the early December traditional meme of recording one's first sentence of each month's first post.Just as an aside, on my visit with this week with Anton and Bora to Ernie Hood's Radio In Vivo show to promote

End of Year Roundup at Stranger Fruit : It's that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. Here is last year's entry. Rules are simple - post the first line of the first post for every month. I've omitted my Monday Mustelid, Today In Science and Friday Poem (semi-)regular

05:38
The HHMI Bulletin: New Frontiers at The Evilutionary Biologist

Founded by eccentric airplane magnate, Howard Hughes, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is one of the largest private funding organizations for science research in the world. Its endowment,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links,

Single cancer cell can develop into tumour at Stem Cell Research Blog : In a recent study, US researchers have found just one skin cancer cell was often enough to generate a whole new tumour. The result undermines hopes that only certain types of cancer cell could fuel the spread of the disease. The cancer studied by the team from

04:21
If you want to know why our public schools are screwed up, here's one reason at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates

Cynthia Dunbar has written a book. It's typical wingnut nonsense: it "refers to public education as 'a subtly deceptive tool of perversion' and calls the establishment of public schools unconstitutional and 'tyrannical.'"

If you want to know why our public schools are screwed up, here's one reason at Pharyngula : Cynthia Dunbar has written a book. It's typical wingnut nonsense: it "refers to public education as 'a subtly deceptive tool of perversion' and calls the establishment of public schools unconstitutional and 'tyrannical.'" It goes further and says that……she

04:12
CNN supports America-as-Christian-nation stance at Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge

...by delivering a bouncing controversy in the middle of the marketplace of ideas.A protest, several counter-signs and a news conference are the latest in a flurry of activity spurred by a sign put up Monday by an atheist group in the Capitol building in Olympia.Members

The most wonderful time of the year! at Science, Shrimp, and Grits : You can’t get very far into December without hearing it. No, I’m not talking about Mannheim Steamroller. I’m talking about the opening shots of the WAR ON CHRISTMAS!Alongside a Nativity scene at the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington,

free speech begets free speech at decorabilia : ...by delivering a bouncing controversy in the middle of the marketplace of ideas.A protest, several counter-signs and a news conference are the latest in a flurry of activity spurred by a sign put up Monday by an atheist group in the Capitol building in Olympia.Members

03:00
Science: 3.8% Notable at Uncertain Principles

Last year, around this time, I posted a rant about the lack of science books in the New York Times's "Notable Books of 2007." While I was out of town last week, they posted this year's list. So, have things improved?Yes and no. They do, in fact, have two books

Publishers Weekly Snubs Science at Uncertain Principles : Carl Zimmer sent me a message via Facebook, which made me think I might owe the New York Times an apology for last week's ranting. Publishers Weekly has come out with their list of the best books of the year, and they do even worse than the Times: not one of

Where's the science? at Laelaps : Around this time last year the New York Times listed 100 "Notable Books of 2007." Chad was upset that there were no science books on the list, and so was I. I penned a rant about this sad state of affairs, but Carl Zimmer (an occasional contributor to the NYT)

02:30
Bailouts Explained at Uncertain Principles

As always, if you want penetrating analysis of the news, you need to go to a comedian. Jon Stewart explains why Congress is willing to bail out Wall Street, but not Detroit: .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png')

Jon Stewart on the Detroit bailout at Respectful Insolence : As usual, he nails it, at least a significant part of it: .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png') !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title

Colbert and Buttars at Pharyngula : The war on Christmas is heating up. Look: here's Colbert mocking atheists. He sneers at our atheist Christmas cards, and even laughs at our letters to our families..cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png')

Gun Safety Notes at Uncertain Principles : The Daily Show nails the lessons of the Plaxico Burress fiasco: .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png') !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show

December 6, 2008

21:14
RIP Patient H.M. at Pure Pedantry

The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

Seeya H.M.! at Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog : Arguably the most important and certainly the most famous single case study patient in Psychology and Neuroscience passed away on Tuesday December 2nd. H.M. as he was known to probably every student of Psychology can now be revealed as Henry G. Molaison, 82,

The Unforgettable Amnesiac at Slashdot: Science : jamie found an account in the NYTimes of the life and death of one of the most important figures in modern neuroscience, Henry Gustav Molaison — a man who could not form memories. Molaison became an amnesiac after a brain operation in 1953. Known worldwide

We'll remember H.M. even if he could not remember us at A Blog Around The Clock : Everyone who's ever taken a Neuroscience class in college remembers the strange case of H.M.H.M. suffered from epilepsy. Back in 1953, his brain was operated on - some large chunks (the hippocampi) were removed. Epilepsy was gone. So was his memory.He could

H. M. dies after helping build the science of memory at John Hawks Anthropology Weblog : A man known to most psychologists only as H. M. has died. Benedict Carey has the story. After a brain operation to relieve profound seizures, H. M. was left with a complete inability to form new declarative memories. And his condition led to a revolution in

Death of H.M. at Neuroethics & Law Blog : The famous research subject, H.M., has died at age 82. Here is an excerpt from the NYT:In 1953, he underwent an experimental brain operation in Hartford to correct a seizure disorder, only to emerge from it fundamentally and irreparably changed. He developed

We Won't Forget You at The Neurocritic : The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

19:35
Genetic Map of East Asia at Gene Expression

Check out the the charts over at Steve Hsu's site. The author of a forthcoming paper sent him a draft. Since around 2/3 of the population of East Asia resides in China, there would be some value-add in getting many disparate samples from Han groups from all

Genetic structure in East Asia using 200K SNPs at Dienekes' Anthropology Blog : The table of paired Fst values for East Asian populations is here. The PCA plots are seen on the left.PLoS ONE 3(12): e3862. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003862Analysis of East Asia Genetic Substructure Using Genome-Wide SNP ArraysChao Tian et al.AbstractAccounting

East Asian genetic substructure at Gene Expression : Check out the the charts over at Steve Hsu's site. The author of a forthcoming paper sent him a draft. Since around 2/3 of the population of East Asia resides in China, there would be some value-add in getting many disparate samples from Han groups from all