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December 5, 2008

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)

December 4, 2008

23:38
Bush hacks stick it to workers -- again at Effect Measure

Barack Obama will become President of the United States in just 50 days, but the still-President, George W. Bush, is still trashing the place prior to going out the door. The latest outrage is the rush to complete a rule the new President is strongly opposed

Baltimore will host World Stem Cell Summit 2009 at Stem Cell Research Blog : 2009 World Stem Cell Summit, is to be organized in Baltimore. The three day long summit is likely to be held in September and it is expected to bring together more than 1,200 scientists, companies and foreign government emissaries. The field is expected to

20:24
Cancer Research Blog Carnival #16 at Bayblab

The cancer stem cell hypothesis states that a tumour consists of a subpopulation of cells that give rise to all the heterogeneity found in the cancerous tissue. These cells have some common markers and characteristics of normal stem cells. These, the hypothesis

Cancer stem cells - how mouse model can change the concept at Hematopoiesis : “We’re suggesting that the cancer stem cell model will be true in some cancers and not in others.” Sean Morrison, University of Michigan, Ann ArborThis week, everyone is talking about cancer stem cells (CSC), everywhere on the web. I wrote

Doubts on the Cancer Stem Cell Hypothesis at Bayblab : The cancer stem cell hypothesis states that a tumour consists of a subpopulation of cells that give rise to all the heterogeneity found in the cancerous tissue. These cells have some common markers and characteristics of normal stem cells. These, the hypothesis

20:24
Cancer stem cells - how mouse model can change the concept at Hematopoiesis

The cancer stem cell hypothesis states that a tumour consists of a subpopulation of cells that give rise to all the heterogeneity found in the cancerous tissue. These cells have some common markers and characteristics of normal stem cells. These, the hypothesis

Doubts on the Cancer Stem Cell Hypothesis at Bayblab : The cancer stem cell hypothesis states that a tumour consists of a subpopulation of cells that give rise to all the heterogeneity found in the cancerous tissue. These cells have some common markers and characteristics of normal stem cells. These, the hypothesis

19:06
Commemorating World Aids Day: Share these moving portraits of African lives touched by HIV/AIDS at Straightfromthedoc

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

Scientists a step closer to understanding AIDS immunity at My Biotech Life : I don’t usually get my science news from the Portuguese paper but this article caught my eye. Amazingly I didn’t pick this up in the huge amount of science and immunology feeds I subscribe to but I digress.It seems that researchers are a step closer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:14
Omega Cen’s millions of stars at Bad Astronomy Blog

I love it when astronomers release beautiful images simply because they are beautiful.That’s Omega Centauri, a globular cluster. It contains millions of stars, all gravitationally bound to one another. It orbits the Milky Way and is currently about 18,000

Snow globes full of stars at Cosmic Log :  NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage This Hubble image focuses in on  the globular cluster M13. Click on  the picture for a zoomable view. Astronomers are offering a double dose of cosmic ornaments for the holiday, in the form of stunning images