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December 5, 2008

04:37
MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 at Emergiblog

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

Carnivalia at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) : Wow, this is a truly unexpected honor: one of my essays was chosen by the "MetaCarnival." This blog carnival seeks to bring together the best of the blogosphere by sampling the diverse topics collected in the carnival format. Read the comments on this post...

Is there any other cool way to put "there are Carnivals"? at Neurotopia (version 2.0) : GrrlScientist talks about Carnivalia, Greg Laden has pictures of the scantily clad, how can I distinguish myself when I post about the Carnivals that are out there? I will gladly accept any ideas out there. But anyway, December Scientiae is up, the HOT version,

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...

04:08
CNN screws the pooch at Pharyngula

CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

Announcing Unscientific America at The Intersection : Yesterday, many among us were aghast to learn that yet another major news outlet is eliminating its science coverage. In this case it was CNN, which decided to nix its seven-person unit on science, the environment, and technology--including six producers and

Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry : CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran

Another one bites the dust: CNN axes science team at The Island of Doubt : So last month its was the Forecast Earth gang at the Weather Channel. This week it's the science and technology team at CNN that gets the axe.I know that times are tough all over. I know it's hard to sell ads for science sections and programs. But it sure would

CNN catches the stupid at Bad Astronomy Blog : For some reason beyond my ken, CNN is shutting down its science/space/tech division and absorbing it into their general editorial unit. This means less science coverage for sure, since it has to compete with the lowest common denominator of news (if it bleeds…).

News that no longer fits into CNN at The Post-Normal Times : As a blogger on environmental science and policy who has actually worked in this field for over 20 years, I have done my share of grumbling about the quality of coverage of this complex subject, but have also come to appreciate just how time consuming it is

CNN Shuts Down its Science Journalism Department at The Daily Transcript : CNN, like most other MSM outfits have been sacrificing reporters, foreign correspondents in favor of pundits (aka political operatives), fancy gizmos (verging on a reenactment of Star Wars) and fluff. The canceling of their science journalism department is

Do people just not care about science and technology? at nanoscale views : CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

04:08
CNN screws the pooch at Pharyngula

CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry : CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran

Another one bites the dust: CNN axes science team at The Island of Doubt : So last month its was the Forecast Earth gang at the Weather Channel. This week it's the science and technology team at CNN that gets the axe.I know that times are tough all over. I know it's hard to sell ads for science sections and programs. But it sure would

CNN catches the stupid at Bad Astronomy Blog : For some reason beyond my ken, CNN is shutting down its science/space/tech division and absorbing it into their general editorial unit. This means less science coverage for sure, since it has to compete with the lowest common denominator of news (if it bleeds…).

Announcing Unscientific America at The Intersection : Yesterday, many among us were aghast to learn that yet another major news outlet is eliminating its science coverage. In this case it was CNN, which decided to nix its seven-person unit on science, the environment, and technology--including six producers and

CNN Shuts Down its Science Journalism Department at The Daily Transcript : CNN, like most other MSM outfits have been sacrificing reporters, foreign correspondents in favor of pundits (aka political operatives), fancy gizmos (verging on a reenactment of Star Wars) and fluff. The canceling of their science journalism department is

Do people just not care about science and technology? at nanoscale views : CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

03:58
Chris Patil (ouroboros) on the Campisi lab's new PLoS Biology paper: cellular senescence, protein secretion, and the aging/cancer paradox at Terra Sigillata

I've kept a passing interest in senescence (cellular, not personal) over the last 20 years or so because I've always felt that attempts to increase longevity in a multicellular organism would also increase the risk of cancer (more seasoned readers may recognize

Increased Secretion in Senescent Cells at The Daily Transcript : I just read a paper that features fellow science blogger Chris Patil as an author (although he would be the first to state that he was second on the author's list). The manuscript, which appeared in yesterday's edition of PLoS Biology, describes senescence-associated

ouroboros at Ouroboros : One great feature of the open access movement is that it’s democratized the act of reading a scholarly paper: you don’t need a subscription or an academic appointment, just access to a computer and a web browser.But perhaps the OA folks have overly

Around the Blogs at The Molecular Biology Blog : Three story highlights from related blogs:All Graduate Student Supervisors Take Note “This lovely piece has been circulating of late, but Sonke has been kind enough to allow the SCQ to present his “Advice for Potential Graduate Students” as

Cancer Research Blog Carnival #16 at Bayblab : Welcome to the 16th Edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival, the monthly carnival of cancer-related blogging. This month's edition has a healthy dose of cancer stem cell news, and we'll kick it off right here at the Bayblab with a post from Rob on that

03:53
When Capitalism Fails at Backreaction

Deepak Singh: “Science Big. Science Connected.”Deepak Singh’s talk at Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityBarack Obama? Yeah, sure“A Florida congresswoman was so determined not to be punked that she hung up on the president-elect.

Biweekly links for 12/05/2008 at Michael Nielsen : Deepak Singh: “Science Big. Science Connected.”Deepak Singh’s talk at Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityBarack Obama? Yeah, sure“A Florida congresswoman was so determined not to be punked that she hung up on the president-elect.

03:18
ouroboros at Ouroboros

The sixth installation of Hourglass, a monthly blog carnival devoted to the biology of aging, will return home to Ouroboros on December 9th. We are soliciting entries in the general subject area of aging and biogerontology:Topics of posts should have something

Call for entries: Hourglass biology of aging carnival at Terra Sigillata : As I sang the praises the other day about Chris Patil's contributions to a recent PLoS biology paper and in launching the Hourglass blog carnival, I wanted to post the call for submissions:Hi all --I just posted the call for submissions for Hourglass V, the

03:05
Happy People Make Good Neighbors at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Here’s some news to warm the cockles of your heart ahead of the weekend: Happiness really does appear to be contagious. Getty ImagesHang around happy people and put on a happy face.Researchers looked at the social networks of more than 4,700 people whose

Want to be Happy? Be Around Happy People at Al Fin : Peoples happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected. This provides further justification for seeing happiness, like health, as a collective phenomenon. _British Medical JournalA recent BMJ study looked at the "Dynamic Spread of

Happiness is Contagious at The Frontal Cortex : Yawn. Just seeing that word made you more likely to open your mouth in a big inhalation, contort your face and stretch out your arms. In other words, yawning is a contagious experience.Now it turns out that happiness is like a yawn: it easily spreads between

Happiness ripples through social networks at Mind Hacks : This week's British Medical Journal has a wonderful social network study that examined how happiness moved through social networks. It found that even when friends of friends become happy, the effect can ripple through and boost your own contentment.It's a

03:02
Thanks for the memories HM at Mind Hacks

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

RIP Patient H.M. at Pure Pedantry : Patient H.M. just died: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 a syndrome neurologists call profound amnesia. He had lost the

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,

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

02:44
Choose Java for Speed at Depth-First

Yesterday's blog about Who says Java is not fast?!? caused quite some feedback (thanx to all commenters!) with several good points. Of course, a table like that in the cinfony paper (see also the comments in the blogs by Noel (the author) and Rich). Many things

Who says Java is not fast?!? at chem-bla-ics : While performance tests actually show that for even core numerical calculations Java is at par with C in terms of speeds, and sometimes even hits Fortran-like speeds, people keep think that Java is not fast. I only invite you to test that yourself.Meanwhile,

Cheminformatics Benchmark Project #1 at chem-bla-ics : Yesterday's blog about Who says Java is not fast?!? caused quite some feedback (thanx to all commenters!) with several good points. Of course, a table like that in the cinfony paper (see also the comments in the blogs by Noel (the author) and Rich). Many things

02:37
Another one bites the dust: CNN axes science team at The Island of Doubt

So last month its was the Forecast Earth gang at the Weather Channel. This week it's the science and technology team at CNN that gets the axe.I know that times are tough all over. I know it's hard to sell ads for science sections and programs. But it sure would

Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry : CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran

Science Is Interested in You at Uncertain Principles : A few days ago, I complained again about the relative lack of science books in the New York Times "Notable Books of 2008" list. Yesterday, one of the big stories was CNN axing its entire science unit, such as it was, which drew comments from lots of blogs (and

02:23
The Buzz: Cincinnati Zoo/Creation Museum Promo Halted at Page 3.14

When the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Genesis and Creation Museum announced a combined admission offer November 30, protest erupted in the blogosphere. "I believe the Cincinnati Zoo has betrayed its mission and its trust in a disgraceful way by

Boo hoo at Pharyngula : We have made Ken Ham very sad. Yay, bonus!"We are disappointed with the zoo's decision and its impact on the families and visitors to the region who would have enjoyed taking advantage of this opportunity to make this a truly memorable Christmas," said Answers

Shame, Shame, Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo at Afarensis : Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo. You can find out why here. The short version is that they have teamed up with the the Creation Museum to create a combo ticket for the holidays. Read the comments on this post...

Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo at Pharyngula : The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Creation Museum have made a joint marketing agreement and are selling "combo tickets" to get into both attractions for one price.The Cincinnati Zoo is promoting an anti-science, anti-education con job run by

Cincy Zoo Ends Promo with Creation Museum at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : The Cincinnati Zoo has pulled out of a promotional deal they had with the Creation Museum in the area. They were offering a 2-for-1 package for those who wanted to go to both the zoo and the creation museum, but caught a huge amount of flak for it from scientists

Victory in Cincinnati? at Pharyngula : We have a couple of comments from people who phoned the Cincinnati Zoo that suggest that the shameful pairing of the zoo with the Creation Museum is going to be revoked. I suspect that this was a case of an overzealous person in the marketing department grabbing

Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo at The Panda's Thumb : The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Creation Museum have made a joint marketing agreement and are selling "combo tickets" to get into both attractions for one price.The Cincinnati Zoo is promoting an anti-science, anti-education con job run by

02:23
Go forth and grow halophytes at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

That seems to be the plea Jelte Rozema and Timothy Flowers make in a Science paper that’s just out. But frankly I found the paper disappointing because short on clear recommendations. For example, what is one to make of this?Because salt resistance has

Give Us This Day Our Daily Banana at rdv live from Tokyo : In English, "bread" can be a synonym for "meal" or "food" (and for "money", though that's a later innovation), as evidenced by the line from the Lord's Prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread."In Japanese, "gohan" is both (cooked) "rice" and "meal": "Gohan

02:16
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.

Suit Filed Over Kentucky God Requirement at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : American Atheists has filed a lawsuit over that Kentucky law that requires that the state declare that we must rely on God to protect us against terrorists. AP reports:A group of atheists filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove part of a state anti-terrorism

02:00
Big Pharma Execs Say Recession Will Hurt; DTC Was Worst Decision at WSJ.com: Health Blog

People who thought health care is recession proof are wrong, says AstraZeneca’s CEO David Brennan. “While its true people need health-care regardless of the economy,” the recession will be “deep and long,” Brennan (pictured) said

Big Pharma realizes their folly on direct to consumer advertising at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Maybe not all of Pharma, just the smart ones.Health Beat reports that a Roche executive acknowledges that "direct-to-consumer promotion [of drugs] was the single worst decision for the industry."It's about time. I've said for awhile that this practice needs

01:57
Next NASA Mars Mission Rescheduled for 2011 at Science Blog - Think. It's not illegal yet.

HanzoSpam sends us this story from Space News, which begins: "US President-elect Barack Obama's NASA transition team is asking US space agency officials to quantify how much money could be saved by canceling the Ares 1 rocket and scaling back the Orion Crew

Followup on MSL: Griffin’s spin at Bad Astronomy Blog : I just wrote about the delay in the MSL mission. During the NASA press conference, NASA Admin Mike Griffin was asked about NASA’s endemic cost overruns, specifically the cost of the James Webb Space Telescope, an ambitious successor to Hubble.Griffin’s

NASA delays next Mars mission by two years at Bad Astronomy Blog : The much-beleaguered Mars Science Laboratory — an ambitious and expensive rover/lander whose main purpose is to assess whether Mars can or ever could have supported microbial life — will be delayed by two years. It was set to launch in the fall

NASA chiefs to talk MSL at Bad Astronomy Blog : The Mars Science Lab is NASA’s next big Mars mission, with a big rover and a fleet of scientific instruments to explore the planet. It’s hugely ambitious, but has suffered a series of massive budget overruns (see my previous MSL post for details).

Alan Stern's NYT editorial on cost inflation at NASA at Exploding Galaxies and other Catastrophysics : Alan Stern, former associate administrator in charge of the NASA Science Mission Directorate from 2007 to 2008, has an editorial in the NYT on NASA's self-imposed problem of routine cost inflation.And the Mars Science Laboratory is only the latest symptom of

Obama Team Considers Cancellation of Ares, Orion at Slashdot: Science : HanzoSpam sends us this story from Space News, which begins: "US President-elect Barack Obama's NASA transition team is asking US space agency officials to quantify how much money could be saved by canceling the Ares 1 rocket and scaling back the Orion Crew

01:56
National Academies Wants Your Input on Science Outreach at Framing Science

The National Academies is doing some preliminary pilot research on a new communication initiative. As part of that process, they want to find out what science blogs readers think are the most important and pressing issues in science. Below is a description

What Matters Most To You? at The Intersection : The National Academies is working to identify topics in science, engineering, and medicine that matter most to the public. They developed this 2-minute survey and we encourage Intersection readers to participate:What topics in science, engineering, and medicine

01:52
Happiness ripples through social networks at Mind Hacks

Here’s some news to warm the cockles of your heart ahead of the weekend: Happiness really does appear to be contagious. Getty ImagesHang around happy people and put on a happy face.Researchers looked at the social networks of more than 4,700 people whose

Happiness is Contagious at The Frontal Cortex : Yawn. Just seeing that word made you more likely to open your mouth in a big inhalation, contort your face and stretch out your arms. In other words, yawning is a contagious experience.Now it turns out that happiness is like a yawn: it easily spreads between

Happy People Make Good Neighbors at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Here’s some news to warm the cockles of your heart ahead of the weekend: Happiness really does appear to be contagious. Getty ImagesHang around happy people and put on a happy face.Researchers looked at the social networks of more than 4,700 people whose

01:17
Squinting At The Pictures, The Modern Way at In the Pipeline

Fellow chemists, lets address a housekeeping problem. I know that not all of us are thrilled at all times with the American Chemical Society, but I think that we can agree that the journals it runs are (for the most part) a valuable resource.And in these days

milkshake at Org Prep Daily : I got frustrated when ACS abandoned their old journal interface few weeks ago - and suddenly IE would not open the ASAP graphical abstracts on default and the graphics got seriously mangled due to aliasing and re-scaling problem. Unlike IE, Firefox now seems

01:13
KK description of Black Holes? at atdotde

Moshe Rozali wrote an innocent article about the "hometown" of the gauge theory in the AdS/CFT correspondence. Where does it live?We think of gravity as being defined in the bulk of the space - by variables such as g_{mn}(t,w,x,y,z) - while the gauge theory

Black hole singularities in AdS/CFT at Lubo Motl's reference frame : Moshe Rozali wrote an innocent article about the "hometown" of the gauge theory in the AdS/CFT correspondence. Where does it live?We think of gravity as being defined in the bulk of the space - by variables such as g_{mn}(t,w,x,y,z) - while the gauge theory

01:12
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

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)