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December 12, 2008

10:11
Scitable, from Nature Education at Nautilus

Nature Education, a new division of Nature Publishing Group, has launched Scitable, a free online educational resource for undergraduate biology instructors and students. Scitable, which currently covers the field of genetics, is built on a library of overviews

Scitable at A Blog Around The Clock : Maxine:Nature Education, a new division of Nature Publishing Group, has launched Scitable, a free online educational resource for undergraduate biology instructors and students. Scitable, which currently covers the field of genetics, is built on a library of

Scitable, from Nature Education at Nautilus : Nature Education, a new division of Nature Publishing Group, has launched Scitable, a free online educational resource for undergraduate biology instructors and students. Scitable, which currently covers the field of genetics, is built on a library of overviews

09:18
Steven Chu, a new energy secretary at Lubo Motl's reference frame

Major news outlets have been reporting since yesterday afternoon that Steven Chu is President-elect Obama's choice to head the Department of Energy. Chu currently directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has led a drive to develop clean and

Steven Chu Nominated to be Secretary of Energy at Cosmic Variance : This is fantastic news. Steven Chu, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics for his work in laser cooling of atoms, has been nominated to be the next Secretary of Energy in the Obama administration. (Thanks to Elliot

Stephen Chu for energy secretary at The Island of Doubt : The president elect has disappointed many of his supporters by choosing relatively hawkish and right-leaning types to run his foreign and economic policies. But to my mind, his choices for secretary of energy and interior and Environmental Protection Administration

There might be someone better for Energy Secretary. at The Questionable Authority : But I really don't know who it could possibly be. If the latest set of transition leaks are as accurate as the previous few have been, President-Elect Obama will announce the nomination of Steven Chu for Energy Secretary. And. The. Crowd. Goes. Wild. Chu's

Chemistry World's weekly round-up of money and molecules at Chemistry World blog : In this weeks Chemistry World business round-up, we cover more job cuts in the chemical industry and the appointment of green-energy advocate and physics Nobel laureate Steven Chu as the US’ new energy minister.ENERGYGreen US Energy Secretary President-elect

Obama asks a scientist to run Energy Department? at Bad Astronomy Blog : President-elect Obama has allegedly asked the physics Nobel Laureate Steven Chu to head up the Department of Energy. A lot of scientists I know are praising this decision. I am tentatively supportive of this decision.While Chu’s understanding of science

Steve Chu, Energy Secretary at Information Processing : Steve Chu, currently director of LBNL, is Obama's pick for Energy Secretary. Thank goodness! Finally a big brain will run the agency that funds our national labs and basic energy research.Chu won the Nobel Prize for his work on laser cooling of trapped atoms.

A Nobel Laureate Physicist (and ScienceDebate Supporter) for Energy Secretary at The Intersection : Apparently it's going to be Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory director Steve Chu. I heartily applaud the pick. It's especially noteworthy that Chu has been a big proponent of action on global warming and clean energy.Here's Chu endorsing ScienceDebate2008:Read

Chu Is Bringing Science Back at Science Progress : Major news outlets have been reporting since yesterday afternoon that Steven Chu is President-elect Obama's choice to head the Department of Energy. Chu currently directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has led a drive to develop clean and

07:47
Beavers of the Gaps at The Panda's Thumb

Theres a very interesting article over at Uncommon Descent about beavers, and the things that they do. Im not entirely sure why they posted the article - Barry seems to be trying to make the point that because Beavers clearly can commit criminal acts but just

Beavers of the Gaps at The Questionable Authority : There's a very interesting article over at Uncommon Descent about beavers, and the things that they do. I'm not entirely sure why they posted the article - Barry seems to be trying to make the point that because Beavers clearly can commit criminal acts but

07:26
Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Sandwalk

Today we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and above all its affirmation of the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and expression.

Friday Hope Blogging at Bouphonia : England has the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe. You'd think the logical thing to do would be to promote abstinence in schools. Or failing that, to treat pregnancy as a just punishment for female impurity, so that the nation's emotionally crippled busybodies

Universal Declaration, or not? at Responsible Nanotechnology : Today, December 10, marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Spearheaded by former U.S. first lady and U.N. delegate Eleanor Roosevelt, the UDHR guaranteed the political and civic rights of all

Tomorrow is Human Rights Day - will it be marked by a global decriminalisation of homosexuality? at Dr Petra Boynton I Blog : As well as being Human Rights Day, it’s also the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.On this already historic occasion a first is also happening. The UN are being asked to consider human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

On Human Rights Day, the Center for Inquiry Works to Uphold the Universality of Rights. at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : Today we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and above all its affirmation of the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and expression.

07:00
Is Richard Cizik America's Top Climate Communicator? at Framing Science

Over at George Mason's Center for Climate Change Communication, they are hosting a poll asking readers to vote for the 2008 Climate Change Communicator of the Year. Among the choices are such notables as Thomas Friedman, Bill McKibbon, John Warner, and Chevron's

Richard Cizik Resigns at Sandwalk : Most of you have never heard of Richard Cizik. Let me explain why his resignation is important. A few days ago I posted an opinion on framing and referred you to Matt Nisbet who claims that Richard Cizik is a good example of how to present science to the general

07:00
Irony Alert! at Pharyngula

There was a protest against the atheist sign in the Washington state capitol this weekend. These people don't seem to pay much attention to what comes out of their mouths."The No. 1 thing is, we want the state of Washington and the governor to represent everyone

I can't believe it! The Westboro Baptist Church actually made me laugh! at Respectful Insolence : I detest Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. Few religious loonies bring the hate home in a more concentrated fashion than Phelps and his not-so-merry band of homophobic nutcases. Whether it be threatening to picket the funerals of Amish girls killed

And with that, Olympia is officially postsatirical at Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge : Fred Phelps and his posse of undermedicated gangsters for the LORD (or some PCP-addled version of the Christ Jesus) never met a display of religious intolerance they didn't like. By now everyone's aware of what's gone on in Olympia, Washington--the stolen sign,

Hutcherson Protests Atheist Sign at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : Ken Hutcherson, the virulently anti-gay nut from Antioch Baptist Church in Washington, led a protest of that now-infamous atheist sign at the state capitol building. On Sunday at the State Capitol, there was a less than jolly gathering of Christians outraged

It just gets better and better at Pharyngula : The skirmish over Christmas in Washington state just gets funnier every day.Now someone wants to put up a Festivus pole in the capitol. That's hilarious enough, but it gets better.The Westboro Baptist Church has demanded to be allowed to put up a sign that

Phelps and Co. join the fracas at decorabilia : A little while ago, I predicted more "shenanigans" in L'Affair Dome. Of course, I was right:A Kansas-based church that has blamed deaths in Iraq on U.S. tolerance of homosexuality has asked Gov. Christine Gregoire's office to approve a "Santa Claus will take

03:46
The Problem with Publication-Driven Science at Mike the Mad Biologist

Now, I realize with this title, lots of people are thinking that I'm trying to do away with scientific articles. Far from it. But the use of published articles as 'scientific currency' can retard the adoption of new breakthroughs. A recent personal experience

Around the Blogs at The Molecular Biology Blog : Books About DNA: DNA: Promise and Peril In one of a series of posts on books on DNA, Hsien-Hsien discusses a book about the genetic revolution and its implications for our lives.The Problem with Publication-Driven Science Mike laments the consequences of publication-driven

01:57
Teens Favor Painkillers, Alcohol and Marijuana Over Stimulants at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Many teens are still abusing prescription painkillers, even as the use of stimulant drugs declined, according to an annual study of teen drug and alcohol use released today.The 2008 Monitoring the Future Survey, conducted by scientists at the University of

Teens' recreational drug use the antithesis of "brain doping" at Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge : According to a national surveyPDF conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, U.S. teenagers chasing a high are using less alcohol and fewer CMS stimulant drugs, while marijuana use is holding steady and opioid and sedative abuse

01:30
"Complementary and alternative medicine" (CAM) goes for the bandwagon fallacy again at Respectful Insolence

Use of alternative medicine by adults is commonplace and not exactly rare among kids.Getty ImagesEven kids go to the chiropractor these days.Some 38% of adults and nearly 12% of children, 17 and under, use some form of complementary or alternative medicine,

Just because Johnnie jumps off a cliff, would you, too? at Terra Sigillata : NIH's NCCAM released a survey report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the US (report PDF here, post at WSJ Health Blog here.) . I don't know about you but the picture at Health Blog of the child receiving chiropractic manipulation scared

Alternative Therapies Have Gone Mainstream at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Use of alternative medicine by adults is commonplace and not exactly rare among kids.Getty ImagesEven kids go to the chiropractor these days.Some 38% of adults and nearly 12% of children, 17 and under, use some form of complementary or alternative medicine,

01:19
Big (No) Deal at The Intersection

Here's one of the weirdest stories I've seen in the current brouhaha over a bailout package for the auto industry. Greater Grace Temple, a large church in Detroit, placed SUVs on their altar, anointed auto workers with oil and is urging followers to pray and

SUVs on the Altar at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : Here's one of the weirdest stories I've seen in the current brouhaha over a bailout package for the auto industry. Greater Grace Temple, a large church in Detroit, placed SUVs on their altar, anointed auto workers with oil and is urging followers to pray and

00:54
Joe Powered at Muck and Mystery

Millions of people consume energy drinks and have long done so. Coffee is a very common one. It has long been known that spent coffee grounds still contain a lot of energy, but not the sort that can power humans. Coffee grounds release more heat than wood when

Waste Coffee Grounds Offer New Source of Biodiesel at Slashdot: Science : Julie188 writes "Researchers in Nevada are reporting that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering cars and trucks. Their study has been published online in the Journal of Agricultural

December 11, 2008

23:30
Neither slow nor stupid, manatees are killed by boats because they can't hear them at Mongabay.com news

Last year 73 manatees were killed by boats in Florida, despite two decades of manatee-related protections. In fact, manatee deaths due to boat collisions have only increased since protections were implanted. A recent study at the Florida Atlantic University

ENV: Sonar and Manatees at milkriverblog : Acoustic Phenomena Explain Why Boats And Animals CollideResearchers at Florida Atlantic University have laid the groundworkfor a sensory explanation for why manatees and other animals are hitrepeatedly by boats. Last year, 73 manatees were killed by boats inFlorida's

21:00
Note to Yglesias: Class Size Matters at Mike the Mad Biologist

At the risk of channeling my inner Bob Somerby, I still don't get how many progressives (call me a liberal) approach education (granted, the phrase 'education reform' usually foreshadows bashing teachers unions).Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments

links for 2008-12-12 at Uncertain Principles : Mike the Mad Biologist : Why Aren't U.S. Toyota Workers Paid Better?"What has struck me throughout all of these discussions, however, is that Honda's and Toyota's current lower wages and benefits are seen as 'natural', while the

19:27
Carbon Dioxide and Water Found On Exoplanet at Slashdot: Science

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, detected carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star.Artist’s conception of the gassy planet. Click to embiggen.This is pretty astonishing! Here’s the

Things and stuff at Bad Astronomy Blog : I’m off to Phoenix for about 36 hours to do an interview for an upcoming TV program I can’t tell you anything about. Since I’ll be gone, here is some stuff to keep you from doing anything useful.1) Dave Mosher at Discovery’s blog (note

Carbon Dioxide Found on Distant World at Centauri Dreams : Among the many things that boggle my mind is the fact that we can learn things about the atmosphere of planets that we can’t even see. Take well-studied HD 189733b, a gas giant in close orbit around a K2-class star some 63 light years from us. No one

Hubble spies carbon dioxide 600 trillion kilometers away! at Bad Astronomy Blog : Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, detected carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star.Artist’s conception of the gassy planet. Click to embiggen.This is pretty astonishing! Here’s the

19:26
Two Important New Texts at Centauri Dreams

Caleb Scharf is director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center and author of a new book I intended to mention in Saturday’s Notes & Queries section before running out of time. I want to be sure to insert it now, because if you’re getting serious

Dim, faint, and small is no way to go through life, son at Bad Astronomy Blog : Here’s an unusual record broken: astronomers have found the dimmest stars ever!Artist’s conception of 2M0939. Credit NASA/JPL-CaltechAdam Burgasser (and old friend and colleague, married to an old friend too; hi Gen!) led a team at MIT that found

19:20
Call for authors to deposit microarrays in public databases at Nautilus

In a Correspondence to Nature Methods (5, 991; December 2008) responding to an Editorial in the March 2008 issue of the journal (Nat. Meth. 5, 209; 2008) , Scott A Ochsner, David L Steffen, Christian J Stoeckert, Jr and Neil J McKenna report a study showing

Deposit that data folks at business|bytes|genes|molecules : Image via WikipediaNautilus writes about a correspondence sent to Nature Methods in which it is reported that the rate of deposition of raw microarray data, in support of publications, was less than 50%. They writeSeven years after the elaboration of the MIAME

Deposit that data folks at business|bytes|genes|molecules : Image via WikipediaNautilus writes about a correspondence sent to Nature Methods in which it is reported that the rate of deposition of raw microarray data, in support of publications, was less than 50%. They writeSeven years after the elaboration of the MIAME

Call for authors to deposit microarrays in public databases at Nautilus : In a Correspondence to Nature Methods (5, 991; December 2008) responding to an Editorial in the March 2008 issue of the journal (Nat. Meth. 5, 209; 2008) , Scott A Ochsner, David L Steffen, Christian J Stoeckert, Jr and Neil J McKenna report a study showing

17:11
Critics refile lawsuit to prevent stem cell research fund at Stem Cell Research Blog

Missouri critics of embryonic stem cell research refile lawsuit to prevent $21 million from going to life sciences research. The lawsuit was filed by Missouri Roundtable for Life. That money is to flow from the Life Sciences Research Trust Fund to the Life

Vatican tightens in vitro opposition at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : A Vatican bioethics document released today condemns artificial fertilisation and other techniques used by many couples and also says that human cloning, "designer babies" and embryonic stem-cell research are immoral.

15:51
oozing toward downington at Cocktail Party Physics

Let me borrow a riff from co-blogger Allyson: Forgive me, readers, for I have slacked (from blogging, that is). It has been 50 phone calls, 200 emails, seven meetings, four gym workouts, three dinners, two "events", one screening, and a dental appointment since

Holiday Spirit at Andrew Jaffe: Leaves on the Line : I've been asked by Katherine Blundell, a colleague in the Oxford Astronomy department, to spread this information about a chance to get a piece of astronomical history, and help a child in need. Please be generous!There is a one-off opportunity to buy vintage

14:00
Osteopathic schools offering MD degrees, is the recession to blame? at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

An osteopathic school in Texas is considering adding allopathic MD degrees. (via GruntDoc)Apparently, the economy is cited as the president of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine says, "the most optimal way to support our mission of developing outstanding

The next step in DO and MD getting along? at GruntDoc : Umm, this seems like its going to suffer from split-focus when they go recruiting, but maybe someone out there knows of an instance where this has been tried before?The University of North Texas Health Science Center is considering a plan to offer M.D. degrees,

12:02
Free Tibet (from global warming) at The Island of Doubt

Here's one of those things that Carl Jung would call synchronicity, but is really just an example of how scientific research tends to converge on certain ideas. Item 1, which arrived in my email in box this morning in the form of a press release from the DC-based

Poznan: A push for early action on climate at Nature Newsblog : Even if the international community is able to sign a global warming treaty in Copenhagen in 2009, ratification and implementation could take years. This inevitable lag is reviving interest in various fast-track strategies that could slow the rate of warming