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December 14, 2008

01:58
Warning of nut allergy 'hysteria' at Science and Reason

Warning of nut allergy 'hysteria'Measures to protect children with nut allergies are becoming increasingly absurd and hysterical, say experts.A peanut on the floor of a US school bus recently led to evacuation and decontamination for fear it might have affected

Next hilarious thing to "they tried to teach my baby science" at On The Road : A peanut on the floor of a US school bus recently led to evacuation and decontamination for fear it might have affected the 10-year-old passengers.I saw this line from the blog Science and ReasonIs our environment too clean or too dirty to have less allergy?

Nutty Fears at Muck and Mystery : It takes one to fear one? A peanut on the floor of a school bus leading to evacuation and decontamination for fear that it might be eaten by the 10 year old passengers, and schools declaring themselves "nut free" by banning nuts, peanut butter, homebaked goods

December 13, 2008

23:43
Who Is the Worst Biotech CEO? at SeekingAlpha Biotech Stocks

I'm pleased to note that Adam Feuerstein over at TheStreet.com has announced his first-ever "Worst Biotech CEO" award. In what was surely a contested field, he's named Elan's (ELN) Kelly Martin as the winner. I was pulling for Ariad's (ARIA) Harvey

The Worst Biotech CEO? at In the Pipeline : I'm pleased to note that Adam Feuerstein over at TheStreet.com has announced his first-ever "Worst Biotech CEO" award. In what was surely a contested field, he's named Elan's Kelly Martin as the winner. I was pulling for Ariad's Harvey Berger, who seems to

21:00
Manhattan and Apollo project metaphors at nanoscale views

Relatively regularly these days there are calls for a Manhattan or Apollo style project to address our energy challenges. While this may sound good, it's worth considering what such a project would actually mean. I found this article (pdf) to be helpful. For

links for 2008-12-14 at Uncertain Principles : nanoscale views: Manhattan and Apollo project metaphors"Relatively regularly these days there are calls for a Manhattan or Apollo style project to address our energy challenges. While this may sound good, it's worth considering what such a project

14:50
Good on ya, Australia! at Pharyngula

Australia has taken an interesting step forward: they're going to allow instruction in humanism in their schools, apparently in place of traditional religion classes.Victorian state primary school students will soon have an alternative -- religious education

Religion in [Australian] schools to go God-free at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : VICTORIAN state primary school students will soon have an alternative — religious education lessons taught by people who do not believe in God and say there is "no evidence of any supernatural power".

11:44
Football and the Unconscious at The Frontal Cortex

In the latest New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell has a thought-provoking article on the difficulty of figuring out what sort of person is best suited for a particular job. He begins by discussing the challenge of choosing college quarterbacks, a topic that I've written

Quarterbacks, teachers, and financial advisors at The Lippard Blog : I'm generally quite averse to watching sports, let alone reading about them. But I did read Michael Lewis's Moneyball at one sitting and just read Malcolm Gladwell's "Most Likely to Succeed" in the December 15 issue of The New Yorker.Gladwell's article looks

11:40
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.

Project on human rights and health info at Open Access News : New York Law School and HIFA2105 launch project on health information and human rights, press release, December 10, 2008. To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the New York Law School and Healthcare Information For All by

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.

10:39
Short term at Glorfindel of Gondolin

The auto bailout collapsed in the Senate, failing to pass the $14 billion stopgap measure and possibly dooming GM and Chrysler to bankruptcy. "It's disappointing that Congress failed to act last night," said White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto. "We

Big (No) Deal at The Intersection : The auto bailout collapsed in the Senate, failing to pass the $14 billion stopgap measure and possibly dooming GM and Chrysler to bankruptcy. "It's disappointing that Congress failed to act last night," said White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto. "We

10:12
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

Obama's Energy nominee and OA at Open Access News : U.S. President-elect Barack Obama this week announced his selection for Secretary of Energy, physicist Steven Chu. Being a physicist, it might come as little surprise that Chu has a number of publications OA in arXiv -- 11, to be specific. (I haven't looked

Obama's Green Energy Team at Acronym Required : The Emperor Obama is making infrastructure and energy a central goal of his administration. Therefore people were heartened when they heard that for the head of the Department of Energy Obama will nominate Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Director

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

Some reflections on the tapping of Steven Chu for US Secretary of Energy at Trapped in the USA : There is something so deliciously wonderful and improbable that Steven Chu has been tapped to be Secretary of Energy in the United States. It’s not simply that as a scientist, I feel that science works admirably as a meritocracy and thus a Nobel prize

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

10:12
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

Obama's Energy nominee and OA at Open Access News : U.S. President-elect Barack Obama this week announced his selection for Secretary of Energy, physicist Steven Chu. Being a physicist, it might come as little surprise that Chu has a number of publications OA in arXiv -- 11, to be specific. (I haven't looked

Obama's Green Energy Team at Acronym Required : The Emperor Obama is making infrastructure and energy a central goal of his administration. Therefore people were heartened when they heard that for the head of the Department of Energy Obama will nominate Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Director

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

09:03
Warning of nut allergy 'hysteria' at Science and Reason

Warning of nut allergy 'hysteria'Measures to protect children with nut allergies are becoming increasingly absurd and hysterical, say experts.A peanut on the floor of a US school bus recently led to evacuation and decontamination for fear it might have affected

Nutty Fears at Muck and Mystery : It takes one to fear one? A peanut on the floor of a school bus leading to evacuation and decontamination for fear that it might be eaten by the 10 year old passengers, and schools declaring themselves "nut free" by banning nuts, peanut butter, homebaked goods

08:14
Elephants in zoos at A Blog Around The Clock

A recent survey of Asian elephants in European zoos showed that their lifespan is much, much shorter than for elephants in the wild. Ed and Brian go into details of this survey.The survey does not look at African elephants, nor at North American zoos - in both

Is captivity a death sentence for elephants? at Laelaps : Petal, the female African elephant, photographed in September 2007.In September, 2007, my wife and I made one of our semi-annual trips to the Philadelphia Zoo, mostly to see the little Amur tiger cubs. While there I photographed this elephant, Petal, fiddling

Elephants die significantly earlier in zoos than in wild at Mongabay.com news : A new study from Science provides disturbing evidence that one of the zoos’ most popular animals, the elephant, faces a far shorter lifespan in captivity than in the wild. The findings raise new ethical and scientific questions regarding the rightness

04:44
Russia's Crash Nano Program at Responsible Nanotechnology

Michael Berger, our friendly colleague over at Nanowerk, has done a brilliant job of reviewing and analyzing Russia's nanotechnology crash program:In terms of gross domestic product (GDP), Russia ranks as the eleventh largest economy in the world. But while

Putin Attempts to Resurrect a Dying Russia Using the Desperate Magic of Nano Technology at Al Fin : Putin is attempting to thrust Russia into the mainstream of world nanotechnology research and production via a desperate crash program of spending. In a typically "Soviet" manner, Putin has chosen a highly centralised approach to Russian nanotech development.

04:30
Stekkjastaur - the Elfs are Coming Part 1 at Dynamics of Cats

Today is the 12th of december, and there are 13 days until christmas. This means, of course, that the first of the yule elves came to town this morning.Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...

Christmas elves - but not quite Santa's work forces at The Greenbelt : Steinn Sigursson, the Icelandic blogger at Dynamics of Cats celebrates Yule the old-fashioned way: with yule elves: Today is the 12th of december, and there are 13 days until christmas.This means, of course, that the first of the yule elves came to town this

02:16
Paranoid, stupid, or just amazingly unfunny? YOU decide! at Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge

And now comes another aggrieved soul on the righteous side of the War on ChristmasTM, this one dubbed "Wiggins" and posting on behalf of that bastion of purposeless protestations, StopTheACLU.com. Wiggins is upset that a youth choir group was not permitted

ACLU Defends Prison Preacher at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : The Philadelphia Bulletin reports:Howard Thompson, Jr. led Sunday worship services at the New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) for more than a decade before the system placed a blanket ban on inmate evangelization last year. Over the span of a year, Mr. Thompson

00:38
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

Obama's Green Energy Team at Acronym Required : The Emperor Obama is making infrastructure and energy a central goal of his administration. Therefore people were heartened when they heard that for the head of the Department of Energy Obama will nominate Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Director

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

00:03
New York joins the folly of cutting Medicaid payments at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Politicians talk a good talk about the importance of primary care and preventive medicine.They they go ahead and cut Medicaid payment rates to doctors and hospitals. They are likely to be across-the-board, with hospitals fearing "theres no scalpel in any of

Kevin, MD interviewed in Forbes at GruntDoc : Continuing his takeover of Medical Blogging:Q&APrimary Care’s Primary AdvocateDavid Whelan, 12.12.08, 12:31 PM ESTForbes talks with Dr. Kevin Pho of KevinMD.com about health policy matters as President Obama takes office.Kevin Pho, an internal medicine

00:03
My interview with Forbes.com at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

I talk with Forbes.com's David Whelan about primary care, politics, and what President-elect Obama's first health care move will be.Thanks for the Q&A opportunity, and I hope you enjoy the piece: Primary Care's Primary Advocate.

Kevin, MD interviewed in Forbes at GruntDoc : Continuing his takeover of Medical Blogging:Q&APrimary Care’s Primary AdvocateDavid Whelan, 12.12.08, 12:31 PM ESTForbes talks with Dr. Kevin Pho of KevinMD.com about health policy matters as President Obama takes office.Kevin Pho, an internal medicine

December 12, 2008

20:59
Doctors Say Testing of New Defibrillator Connector is Inadequate at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Stung by past problems with the wires that hook up implantable defibrillators to the heart, two prominent cardiologists are arguing that a new type of connector should be tested in humans before hitting the market.The doctors, Robert Hauser and Adrian Almquist

Asthma drug dangers: Hiding in plain sight at Health business blog : From the New York Times (F.D.A. Panel Votes to Ban Asthma Drugs)A panel of federal drug experts voted on Thursday that the drugs Serevent and Foradil should be banned from use in the treatment of asthma, but the experts said that Advair and Symbicort, which

How Many Negative Drug Studies Still Go Unpublished? at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Based on clinical trials, we know a fair amount about drugs on the market. But how much don’t we know?It’s been a long-running controversy, and has come to a head in recent years after a string of drug-safety scandals. There are efforts to get drugmakers

Malaria Vaccine at Acronym Required : Malaria Vacccine: The New England Journal of Medicine reported yesterday in two on-line publications, that a malaria vaccine in clinical trials called RTS,S passed a round of tests. If further trials prove successful, the vaccine would help protect agains Plasmodium

20:59
Why an FDA Panel Saw Asthma Drugs Differently at WSJ.com: Health Blog

An FDA advisory panel said yesterday that two drugs, Serevent and Foradil, shouldn’t be used for asthma any more, and two others, Advair and Symbicort, should. So what’s the difference between these drugs?This morning’s New York Times gives

Asthma drug dangers: Hiding in plain sight at Health business blog : From the New York Times (F.D.A. Panel Votes to Ban Asthma Drugs)A panel of federal drug experts voted on Thursday that the drugs Serevent and Foradil should be banned from use in the treatment of asthma, but the experts said that Advair and Symbicort, which

Long-acting beta agonists in asthma under scrutiny at Black Triangle : The Washington Post reports on an FDA decision on long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) in asthma: The risks of two widely used asthma drugs outweigh their benefits for both children and adults, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Thursday.

18:25
Oldest-Known Human Brain Discovered at Slashdot: Science

Smivs writes "The BBC report that archaeologists have found what could be Britain's oldest surviving human brain. The team, excavating a York University site, discovered a skull containing a yellow substance which scans showed to be shrunken, but brain-shaped.

Human brain tissue found after two thousand years at Mind Hacks : CNN has an interesting piece on how an archaeological dig in the North of England has dug up intact human brain tissue, preserved for 2,000 years. Rachel Cubitt, who was taking part in the dig, described how she felt something move inside the cranium as she