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December 14, 2008

06:59
Molecular and Cell Biology Carnival #5 at The Daily Transcript

Welcome to the December 14, 2008 edition of the Molecular and Cell Biology Carnival.Below the fold, we have a great compilation of entries to share with you.Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...

Today's carnivals at A Blog Around The Clock : Molecular and Cell Biology Carnival #4 is up on The Daily TranscriptGene Genie #41: Carnivalome - is up on ScienceRollRead the comments on this post...

05:28
Is the Problem Primary Care or Small Medical Practices? at WSJ.com: Health Blog

It's been well-publicized that nearly half of primary care doctors want to quit or cut-back in the next few years.But how does that affect rural states like Idaho, which has the lowest density of doctors per capita?Well, it's not good. Idaho's primary care

How the primary care shortage affects rural Idaho at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : It's been well-publicized that nearly half of primary care doctors want to quit or cut-back in the next few years.But how does that affect rural states like Idaho, which has the lowest density of doctors per capita?Well, it's not good. Idaho's primary care

05:17
Exercise Suppresses Appetite By Affecting Appetite Hormones at Science Blog - Think. It's not illegal yet.

A vigorous 60-minute workout on a treadmill affects the release of two key appetite hormones, ghrelin and peptide YY, while 90 minutes of weight lifting affects the level of only ghrelin.read more

How aerobic exercise suppresses appetite at Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge : Those of you who run, bike, swim, or otherwise engage in aerobic exercise have probably noticed that in spite of burning scads of calories during your chosen activity, the last thing you feel when you're finished is hungry. Now, researchers at Loughborough

04:07
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

Fred Phelps Wants In On Atheist Sign Situation at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : To turn an already absurd situation even more absurd, now Fred Phelps and his merry band of bigots and ghouls wants their own sign at Washington's capitol rotunda:Westboro Baptist Church has jumped into the fray over the atheist sign at Washington's Capitol

Moratorium on New Displays in Washington at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : Another new development in the controversy over holiday displays in the Washington capitol rotunda. After receiving a flood of applications for more displays, the state has declared a moratorium on new displays being added while it figures out what the heck

Santa Claus will take you to hell...the video at Respectful Insolence : The other day, I mentioned how the ever-warped and evil Westboro Baptist Church wanted in on the Washington State melee in which every religious and antireligion group out there is trying to get a display at the capitol after the state allowed a Christian Nativity

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,

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

04:06
gene_genie_logo_400.jpg at ScienceRoll

The 41th edition of Gene Genie has been posted at ScienceRoll [Gene Genie #41: Carnivalome]. Gene Genie is the blog carnival of clinical genetics and personalized medicine. Ive received more than 25 submissions for this edition which is dedicated to the human

Gene Genie #40 at Sandwalk : The 41th edition of Gene Genie has been posted at ScienceRoll [Gene Genie #41: Carnivalome]. Gene Genie is the blog carnival of clinical genetics and personalized medicine. Ive received more than 25 submissions for this edition which is dedicated to the human

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