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December 2, 2008

04:53
Not the IPCC (NIPCC) Report at RealClimate

Michael Mann and Gavin SchmidtMuch in the spirit of the Fraser Institute's damp squib we reported on last year, S. Fred Singer and his merry band of contrarian luminaries (financed by the notorious "Heartland Institute" we've commented on previously) served

La Nia may be returning at Lubo Motl's reference frame : La Nia, a Pacific atmospheric phenomenon that ended during the summer, to be replaced by ENSO-neutral conditions, shows some signs of life again.Click the picture above for more maps. The weekly status (click PDF or PPT) indicates that the ENSO region 1+2 has

04:23
Five-Fiftysix meme at A Blog Around The Clock

It started with Henry who was bored with the simplicity of the "pick the nearest book" meme and decided to make it really hard!Mike picked it up and tagged a few people, including me and Wilkins.So, what are the rules? Hey, Henry came up with this, so feel

Five Fifty-Six: A New(ish) Meme. at The Questionable Authority : Blame Henry. He just twisted an old meme a little bit, and it's hard for me to resist doing the same. There's a meme that's been wandering around facebook for a while now - take the first book you see, open it to page fifty-six, transcribe the fifth sentence,

Five-fiftysix meme at Evolving Thoughts : Mike Dunford, who is still trying to get me to pay for that time he put me up in Hawaii when his wife was on active service in Iraq (if I knew what I'd have to pay, both in climbing horrific rainforested slopes to release wallabies, and this meme, I'd never

02:41
Commemorating World Aids Day: Share these moving portraits of African lives touched by HIV/AIDS at Straightfromthedoc

Here's another one from the mail that is worth sharing with you readers:Hi Gloria, In commemoration of World Aids Day this year (December 1), I wanted to let you know that a number of high-res photographs from I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, a powerful new work of photojournalism

AIDS Day 2008 at Acronym Required : The Presidential Universe of Me Another year passed. Today's World AIDS Day finds us with many of the same struggles as last year, however there's also incremental progress. This year saw Bush's PEPFAR program for drugs and prevention increase. Bush had said

Nations Mark 20th World AIDS Day, Face Different Challenges at WSJ.com: Health Blog : We’d feel remiss if it didn’t mark World AIDS Day todayEstablished 20 years ago by the World Health Organization, the event was intended to raise awareness about the global AIDS epidemic. At the time of the day’s inception, fear and ignorance

Agrobiodiversity and HIV/AIDS at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog : On World AIDS Day, it would be nice to be able to point to how agrobiodiversity can help the more than 40 million people living with HIV around the world. Not easy, alas. There’s an FAO strategy-type document from 2003. And what looks like a project from

HIV/AIDS In the U.S. By the Numbers at Science Progress : In recognition of World AIDS Day, our colleagues at the Center for American Progress have prepared a set of stats on the ongoing epidemic in the United States. They also provide recommendations for the next administration to develop a National AIDS Strategy.

World AIDS Day roundup at In Sickness and In Health : Today December 1st is World AIDS Day. As many as 33 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and there are 80,000 people with HIV in the UK. The aim of World AIDS Day is to raise awareness of the challenges and consequences of the epidemic - ultimately

World AIDS Day roundup at In Sickness and In Health : Today December 1st is World AIDS Day. As many as 33 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and there are 80,000 people with HIV in the UK. The aim of World AIDS Day is to raise awareness of the challenges and consequences of the epidemic - ultimately

World AIDS Day 2008 at Dr Petra Boynton I Blog : Today (1 December) is World AIDS Day and this years theme is Respect and Protect a message designed to get us thinking about ways to reduce the spread of HIV and reduce discrimination against those with HIV. Problems of leadership (or the lack of), discrimination

bloggers-unite at ScienceRoll : December 1 is the World AIDS Day so it’s time to dedicate a post to this important disease. From Wikipedia:Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a set of symptoms and infections resulting from the

World AIDS Day: How Far We've Come...and Still How Far There is to Go at blog.bioethics.net : Today marks the 20th World AIDS Day. In these last 20 years, medical research has sparked marvelous breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV/AIDS around the world--even in developing countries where for many years since the outbreak of this once-deadly, now...

ommemorating World Aids Day: Share these moving portraits of African lives touched by HIV/AIDS at Straightfromthedoc : Here's another one from the mail that is worth sharing with you readers:Hi Gloria, In commemoration of World Aids Day this year (December 1), I wanted to let you know that a number of high-res photographs from I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, a powerful new work of photojournalism

02:41
Commemorating World Aids Day: Share these moving portraits of African lives touched by HIV/AIDS at Straightfromthedoc

Here's another one from the mail that is worth sharing with you readers:Hi Gloria, In commemoration of World Aids Day this year (December 1), I wanted to let you know that a number of high-res photographs from I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, a powerful new work of photojournalism

AIDS Day 2008 at Acronym Required : The Presidential Universe of Me Another year passed. Today's World AIDS Day finds us with many of the same struggles as last year, however there's also incremental progress. This year saw Bush's PEPFAR program for drugs and prevention increase. Bush had said

Nations Mark 20th World AIDS Day, Face Different Challenges at WSJ.com: Health Blog : We’d feel remiss if it didn’t mark World AIDS Day todayEstablished 20 years ago by the World Health Organization, the event was intended to raise awareness about the global AIDS epidemic. At the time of the day’s inception, fear and ignorance

Agrobiodiversity and HIV/AIDS at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog : On World AIDS Day, it would be nice to be able to point to how agrobiodiversity can help the more than 40 million people living with HIV around the world. Not easy, alas. There’s an FAO strategy-type document from 2003. And what looks like a project from

HIV/AIDS In the U.S. By the Numbers at Science Progress : In recognition of World AIDS Day, our colleagues at the Center for American Progress have prepared a set of stats on the ongoing epidemic in the United States. They also provide recommendations for the next administration to develop a National AIDS Strategy.

World AIDS Day roundup at In Sickness and In Health : Today December 1st is World AIDS Day. As many as 33 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and there are 80,000 people with HIV in the UK. The aim of World AIDS Day is to raise awareness of the challenges and consequences of the epidemic - ultimately

World AIDS Day 2008 at Dr Petra Boynton I Blog : Today (1 December) is World AIDS Day and this years theme is Respect and Protect a message designed to get us thinking about ways to reduce the spread of HIV and reduce discrimination against those with HIV. Problems of leadership (or the lack of), discrimination

World AIDS Day: How Far We've Come...and Still How Far There is to Go at blog.bioethics.net : Today marks the 20th World AIDS Day. In these last 20 years, medical research has sparked marvelous breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV/AIDS around the world--even in developing countries where for many years since the outbreak of this once-deadly, now...

ommemorating World Aids Day: Share these moving portraits of African lives touched by HIV/AIDS at Straightfromthedoc : Here's another one from the mail that is worth sharing with you readers:Hi Gloria, In commemoration of World Aids Day this year (December 1), I wanted to let you know that a number of high-res photographs from I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, a powerful new work of photojournalism

02:02
Kentucky Law Requires Godtalk at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

The Lexington News reports on a profoundly silly amendment inserted into a bill in Kentucky that requires the state's Office of Homeland Security to mention God at every turn:Under state law, God is Kentucky's first line of defense against terrorism. The 2006

Atheists want God out of Ky. homeland security at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : A group of atheists filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove part of a state anti-terrorism law that requires Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge it can't keep the state safe without God's help.

02:02
Since Kentucky hasn't been subject to a terrorist attack, it must work at Pharyngula

Well? Can you name a single terrorist attack on Kentucky soil? Hmm? (Aside, maybe, from the occasional abortion clinic bombing or KKK fear campaign, but since those are by home-grown white boys, they don't count). You can credit a law that has been on the books

Kentucky Law Requires Godtalk at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : The Lexington News reports on a profoundly silly amendment inserted into a bill in Kentucky that requires the state's Office of Homeland Security to mention God at every turn:Under state law, God is Kentucky's first line of defense against terrorism. The 2006

02:00
Study Found Cheap Blood Pressure Meds Are Best. No One Cared at WSJ.com: Health Blog

There’s a lot of talk these days about comparative effectiveness — trying to figure out how existing drugs stack up against one another, in an effort to both save money and improve patients’ health.But, as this morning’s New York Times

The $130 million study that no one listened to at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Inexpensive diuretics were shown to be as good as, or better, than brand name medications. Why did the Allhat trial have so little impact? That's a question that a recent NY Times story tried to answer. For me, the biggest impact was that the drugs that were

01:38
Plant a Seed in every classroom at A Blog Around The Clock

Now you can donate a subscription to Seed Magazine to a classroom of your choice:Earlier this year, as part of the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge, ScienceBlogs readers donated over $18,000 toward science literacy. Seed Media Group was proud to donate a further

Give the gift of SEED at Laelaps : This past October, many ScienceBlogs readers and SEED teamed up to donate over $33,000 to science classrooms around the United States. Continuing this generous trend, SEED is now offering a reduced-rate subscription price of $14.95 to anyone who donates a subscription

00:06
Cardiac scans are not ready for prime time at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

This is a collection of articles I have found interesting in the weekly editions of the "big five" medical journals: NEJM, JAMA, Annals, Lancet and BMJ (a few more journals are included occasionally). The review is a weekly feature of Clinical Cases and Images

Interesting Articles: A Weekly Review of the "Big Five" Medical Journals at Clinical Cases and Images - Blog : This is a collection of articles I have found interesting in the weekly editions of the "big five" medical journals: NEJM, JAMA, Annals, Lancet and BMJ (a few more journals are included occasionally). The review is a weekly feature of Clinical Cases and Images

December 1, 2008

23:03
Counting down to the Venus, Jupiter and Moon lineup Tomorrow. at Astroblog

Venus and Jupiter shine through the window as I do the washing up (as always, click on the image to enlarge). They are visibly closer than the last time I posted, well on the way to the spectacular line up on Monday night of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.As I've

Venus, the Moon, and Jupiter at Bad Astronomy Blog : On December 1, Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon made this pretty formation in the sky:That shot was taken on my little department store digital camera. All I did was mount it on a good tripod and bracket the exposure (that is, take a bunch of shots with different

Venus and Jupiter, view from the washing up. at Astroblog : Venus and Jupiter shine through the window as I do the washing up (as always, click on the image to enlarge). They are visibly closer than the last time I posted, well on the way to the spectacular line up on Monday night of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.As I've

21:01
Public Key Cryptography using RSA at Good Math, Bad Math

Technorati Tags: cryptography, public-key, encryption, RSA, asymmetric encryption The most successful public key cryptosystem in use today is RSA - named for its inventors Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman. I first learned about RSA in grad school from one of my

links for 2008-12-02 at Uncertain Principles : Schneier on Security: Lessons from Mumbai"If there's any lesson in these attacks, it's not to focus too much on the specifics of the attacks. "(tags: news society security blogs)Does the broken windows theory hold online?"Does the aesthetic

17:40
The life, and death, of Ota Benga at Laelaps

During the past week I've been tracking down information about various performing primates and famous apes like "Consul" and John Daniel, but as I did so something kept bothering me. Didn't the Bronx Zoo, sometime early in the 20th century, display a person

The Open Laboratory 2008 - all the submissions fit to print at A Blog Around The Clock : It's midnight! So, the submission form is now closed. Over the past year we have collected hundreds of excellent entries for the anthology - thanks to all who made the submissions. Jennifer Rohn has lined up some star people to judge all the entries, and in

17:40
America's Food Availability Crisis at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

One thing that the Thanksgiving Holidays has made clear: America, the land of plenty where holiday overeating is celebrated as a social good, is suffering a food availability crisis. The Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture

The Open Laboratory 2008 - all the submissions fit to print at A Blog Around The Clock : It's midnight! So, the submission form is now closed. Over the past year we have collected hundreds of excellent entries for the anthology - thanks to all who made the submissions. Jennifer Rohn has lined up some star people to judge all the entries, and in

15:18
Universities would save money if all journals were OA at Open Access News

Philip Johnson, University libraries, budgets, and open access, Biocurious, November 26, 2008.  Excerpt: Ive been playing with numbers in my head based on the statistics from my home institution the University of Toronto relative to publications, the real

New and Exciting in PLoS this week at A Blog Around The Clock : Let's see what is new in PLoS Medicine, PLoS Biology and PLoS ONE today:Time-of-Day-Dependent Enhancement of Adult Neurogenesis in the Hippocampus:Adult neurogenesis occurs in specific regions of the mammalian brain such as the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus.

12:37
MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 at Emergiblog

MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

vadlo at ScienceRoll : Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2009 (Digital Pathology Blog): For the third year in a row, Cleveland Clinic doctors and consultants have picked the medical innovations they think will rise to the top next year.MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 (Emergiblog):

Today's carnivals at A Blog Around The Clock : MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

11:27
The radiation of deep sea octopuses at Pharyngula

Last week's Friday Cephalopod actually has an interesting story behind it. It was taken from a paper that describes the evolutionary radiation of deep-sea cephalopods.First, a little background in geological history. Antarctica is a special case, in which a

The radiation of deep sea octopuses at The Panda's Thumb : Last weeks Friday Cephalopod actually has an interesting story behind it. It was taken from a paper that describes the evolutionary radiation of deep-sea cephalopods.First, a little background in geological history. Antarctica is a special case, in which a

10:00
Quality improvement is a misnomer at DB's Medical Rants

 Readers know that I am obsessed with semantics.  I know that words are powerful.  Oft times words are labels.  Too often people use words to obfuscate meaning.  My hypothesis is that quality improvement is an obfuscating phrase.The

Why today's quality measures do not improve health outcomes at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Does meeting quality measures really improve patient outcomes?That's a critical question, since current pay-for-performance initiatives assume the answer is yes. For instance, does a higher percentage of hemoglobin A1c's in diabetics really mean better patient

09:45
Friday Weird Science: The Grad Student 15 at Neurotopia (version 2.0)

A somewhat late Friday Weird Science, but I want to point out that Sci was not up at 4am shopping with all the crazies. I don't DO that sort of thing. Online is so much better. So here I was, rolling myself around the house after a particularly delicious Thanksgiving

Diary of a Doctor's Wife, Episode 004 at Disgruntled Julie: A PhD in Progress : This year, toward the end of Thanksgiving dinner hosted by my husband's aunt and uncle, my husband's aunt's (through marriage) niece showed up to visit, along with her six year old daughter. Technically speaking, she is not at all related to my husband, but

08:46
lancelot_001 at ScienceRoll

I write a blog for the conference and publish a series of interviews with famous participants. The second interviewee is Dr. James Kinross and the topic is medical simulations in Second Life. Check it out!Further reading:Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: Interviews

imperialsl_001 at Knowledge Transfer Innovations : James outside our virtual learning hospitalJames Kinross has given an interview to the NextMed: Design for WellBeing Conference. Read their blog posting to learn the answer to this question and others:How realistic can objects and operating rooms be in Second

07:09
UN Passes Defamation of Religion Resolution at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

The UN Third Committee has passed a resolution calling on countries to prohibit "defamation of religion." This is the latest in a series of non-binding resolutions passed in various UN committees calling for such laws. Those resolutions are sponsored by the

Anti-blasphemy = anti-free speech at Respectful Insolence : Chalk this up under "Yet another example of U.N. incompetence":UNITED NATIONS - Islamic countries Monday won United Nations backing for an anti-blasphemy measure Canada and other Western critics say risks being used to limit freedom of speech. Combating Defamation