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December 3, 2008

19:26
ZackBorg with EyeSeeCam at Brain Waves

Neurotech analyst Zack Lynch has an interesting post on his Brain Waves blog about trying out the EyeSeeCam, a wearable camera that tracks eye movements so it can film exactly where the person is looking, allowing others to literally see the world through somebody

Technology to see through other people's eyes at Mind Hacks : Neurotech analyst Zack Lynch has an interesting post on his Brain Waves blog about trying out the EyeSeeCam, a wearable camera that tracks eye movements so it can film exactly where the person is looking, allowing others to literally see the world through somebody

17:59
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

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

16:14
Massachusetts learns about the primary care shortage the hard way at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

I told you so, again.A story from NPR (via WhiteCoat) validates what medical blogs have been discussing over the past year:Health care reform in Massachusetts has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people with health insurance. But there's an unintended

Ease ER overload - Opinion - USATODAY.com at GruntDoc : Ease ER overload - Opinion - USATODAY.com Reforms needed to improve doctor accessBy Kevin PhoEmblematic of soaring health care costs, which are projected to reach $3 trillion by 2011,is the nationwide crisis of emergency department overcrowding. More than $18

USA Today op-ed: Poor physician access worsens emergency department crowding at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : My latest USA Today op-ed was published this morning: Ease ER overload I take a look at emergency department crowding from a primary care perspective, and explain why the lack of physician access drives more people to use emergency services, which subsequently

Problems in Primary Care Drive ER Crowding at WSJ.com: Health Blog : The conventional wisdom is that it’s Americas 46 million uninsured who are clogging up the nations E.R. departments. Fiddlesticks says Kevin Pho, a primary care physician in Nashua, New Hampshire, in an op-ed piece for USA Today. Its the lack of access

15:40
Health Care at Home and Abroad at Andrew Jaffe: Leaves on the Line

The only decision to be made about health-care rationing is how we want to control it. Health care has always been rationed. In the UK by waiting lists; by post-code; by luck and by wealth, or, more correctly, lack of wealth. It is different in the USA where

Health care rationing : a bloody good try at NHS Blog Doctor : The only decision to be made about health-care rationing is how we want to control it. Health care has always been rationed. In the UK by waiting lists; by post-code; by luck and by wealth, or, more correctly, lack of wealth. It is different in the USA where

15:27
Roger Ebert slams Ben Stein at Bad Astronomy Blog

I hadn't realized that Roger Ebert had so far neglected to review Expelled, but he has now belatedly rectified that omission with a wonderfully scathing sneer at the movie. Here's a taste:The more you know about evolution, or simple logic, the more you are

Roger Ebert on Expelled at The Panda's Thumb : Two thumbs way, way up. Thats my review of the review, of course. Not Eberts review of the movie. Heres a nice quote for you:This film is cheerfully ignorant, manipulative, slanted, cherry-picks quotations, draws unwarranted conclusions, makes outrageous juxtapositions

Roger Ebert reviews Expelled at The Lippard Blog : In what may be the most entertaining review of "Expelled" yet, Roger Ebert gives Ben Stein what for in the Chicago Sun Times.

Roger Ebert Reviews Ben Stein at PALAEOBLOG : Roger Ebert reviews Ben Stein and Expelled.Thanks to Lisa for the link!Palaeo news has been light and I've been busy so....

Ebert on Expelled at Pharyngula : I hadn't realized that Roger Ebert had so far neglected to review Expelled, but he has now belatedly rectified that omission with a wonderfully scathing sneer at the movie. Here's a taste:The more you know about evolution, or simple logic, the more you are

15:27
Roger Ebert slams Ben Stein at Bad Astronomy Blog

I hadn't realized that Roger Ebert had so far neglected to review Expelled, but he has now belatedly rectified that omission with a wonderfully scathing sneer at the movie. Here's a taste:The more you know about evolution, or simple logic, the more you are

Roger Ebert on Expelled at The Panda's Thumb : Two thumbs way, way up. Thats my review of the review, of course. Not Eberts review of the movie. Heres a nice quote for you:This film is cheerfully ignorant, manipulative, slanted, cherry-picks quotations, draws unwarranted conclusions, makes outrageous juxtapositions

Roger Ebert Reviews Ben Stein at PALAEOBLOG : Roger Ebert reviews Ben Stein and Expelled.Thanks to Lisa for the link!Palaeo news has been light and I've been busy so....

Ebert on Expelled at Pharyngula : I hadn't realized that Roger Ebert had so far neglected to review Expelled, but he has now belatedly rectified that omission with a wonderfully scathing sneer at the movie. Here's a taste:The more you know about evolution, or simple logic, the more you are

13:29
Visual Hallucinations Are a Normal Grief Reaction at Slashdot: Science

Hugh Pickens writes "Vaughn Bell has written an interesting essay at Scientific American about grief hallucinations. This phenomenon is a normal reaction to bereavement that is rarely discussed, although researchers now know that hallucinations are more likely

Grief Brings Out Hallucinations, Illusions at World of Psychology : Grief is experienced by each and every one of us in a different way, and no two people go through the loss of a loved one alike.One possible grief reaction rarely described, researched or discussed is seeing illusions or hallucinations of the loved one. Scientific

The dead stay with us at Mind Hacks : Scientific American Mind Matter's blog has just published an article I wrote on grief hallucinations, the remarkably common experience of seeing, hearing, touching or sensing our loved ones after they've passed away.Grief hallucinations are a normal reaction

I See Dead People at The Frontal Cortex : Vaughan Bell, of Mindhacks fame, wrote a really interesting article on "post-bereavement ghosts" over at Mind Matters. I had no idea that such hallucinations were so ubiquitous:Mourning seems to be a time when hallucinations are particularly common, to the

12:19
Chemical romance at Bad Astronomy Blog

One thing that bugs me is the appropriation of scientific words by people who twist them for their own ends. One that really gets me is "natural", as in, "This product is all natural!". They imply that means it’s good for you, somehow,

Win More Than a Million Dollars For a Chemical Free Product at thebeautybrains.com : This one will make the Left Brain chuckle. Do you remember when the Beauty Brains wrote about the myth of chemical free cosmetics? Well, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has gotten into the act. They are so annoyed by the misappropriation of the word “chemical”

10:44
Huh. I didn't suck. at Open Reading Frame

A while ago, I mentioned that I was giving a talk at the Berglund Center. Well, now you can watch the whole thing on video, here (scroll down to Sept 9th).I watched it myself, and despite seeing mostly room for improvement, was pleasantly surprised at just

Bill Hooker on Science 2.0 at Open Access News : Bill Hooker, Science 2.0, presentation at Pacific University, September 9, 2008. See the blog post, slides or video.

09:43
Roger Ebert slams Ben Stein at Bad Astronomy Blog

Roger Ebert reviews Ben Stein and Expelled.Thanks to Lisa for the link!Palaeo news has been light and I've been busy so....

Roger Ebert Reviews Ben Stein at PALAEOBLOG : Roger Ebert reviews Ben Stein and Expelled.Thanks to Lisa for the link!Palaeo news has been light and I've been busy so....

09:15
BMC joins Health Information For All at Open Access News

BioMed Central has joined HIFA2015 (Health Information For All by 2015) as a supporting organization. HIFA2015's goal statement is, "By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider."

BioMed Central joins HIFA2015 at BioMed Central : BioMed Central has joined HIFA2015 as a supporting organisation, declaring our support for the HIFA2015 goal.HIFA2015 (Health Information For All by 2015) was launched in October 2006, and as an organization aims to ensure that by 2015, every person worldwide

08:00
mtDNA haplogroup U7a2a: a recent Anatolian signal in Tuscans at Dienekes' Anthropology Blog

This paper uses a mutation rate of 1.008 base substitutions/nucleotid/billion years. See some discussion of mtDNA mutation rates here and here.European Journal of Human Genetics doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2008.224The Etruscan timeline: a recent Anatolian connectionFrancesca

Etruscan genetics, a few nails in the coffin.... at Gene Expression : The Etruscan timeline: a recent Anatolian connection:The origin of the Etruscans (the present day Tuscany, Italy), one of the most enigmatic non-Indo-European civilizations, is under intense controversy. We found novel genetic evidences on the mitochondrial

06:50
That ol' Rule of Rescue at Stayin' Alive

RUISLIP, England When Bruce Hardys kidney cancer spread to his lung, his doctor recommended an expensive new pill from Pfizer. But Mr. Hardy is British, and the British health authorities refused to buy the medicine. His wife has been distraught.If the Hardys

NICE mind the gap at PharmaGossip : RUISLIP, England When Bruce Hardys kidney cancer spread to his lung, his doctor recommended an expensive new pill from Pfizer. But Mr. Hardy is British, and the British health authorities refused to buy the medicine. His wife has been distraught.If the Hardys

06:50
Medical Residents Need More Breaks To Prevent Errors at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Getty ImagesLess work for residents would mean higher quality care. Less work for residents would mean higher quality care. Today’s medical residents are still too tried and need more breaks.“The science is clear - long hours without the opportunity

Resident work hours at DB's Medical Rants :  One of the first hot issues on Medrants (over 6 years ago) was the change in residency work hours.  Recently the IOM has had a committee looking further at this issue.  The report is out with some surprises and some new problems.  Expert

Hospitalists and the importance of the patient-doctor interaction at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : With the advent of hospitalists, patients have to interact with more doctors than ever. This means physicians may be unfamiliar with their patients. Too often however, doctors look past this fact and rush the initial visit, especially in the hospital.Moreso,

Medical residents need more sleep at Science Blog - Think. It's not illegal yet. : A new report from the Institute of Medicine proposes revisions to medical residents' duty hours and workloads to decrease the chances of fatigue-related medical errors and to enhance the learning environment for these doctors in training.read more

06:13
The dead stay with us at Mind Hacks

Scientific American Mind Matter's blog has just published an article I wrote on grief hallucinations, the remarkably common experience of seeing, hearing, touching or sensing our loved ones after they've passed away.Grief hallucinations are a normal reaction

Visual Hallucinations Are a Normal Grief Reaction at Slashdot: Science : Hugh Pickens writes "Vaughn Bell has written an interesting essay at Scientific American about grief hallucinations. This phenomenon is a normal reaction to bereavement that is rarely discussed, although researchers now know that hallucinations are more likely

I See Dead People at The Frontal Cortex : Vaughan Bell, of Mindhacks fame, wrote a really interesting article on "post-bereavement ghosts" over at Mind Matters. I had no idea that such hallucinations were so ubiquitous:Mourning seems to be a time when hallucinations are particularly common, to the

05:48
Dyson spheres and Fermi paradox at Lubo Motl's reference frame

Let me postpone the serious part of this posting. ;-)As you know, we are surrounded by extraterrestrial aliens. The Drake equation proves that the intelligent life must arise almost everywhere. However, we haven't seen any extraterrestrial friends yet. The

No Dyson Spheres Found Yet at Cosmic Variance : In 1960, Freeman Dyson proposed an audacious form that future technology might take: the Dyson Sphere. It’s a simple idea, once you stop thinking in terms of “I wonder how that could be done?” and start thinking along the lines of “I

05:32
Roche Stalling for Time and Money in Genentech Deal at SeekingAlpha Biotech Stocks

Roche’s blockbuster bid for the portion of Genentech it doesn’t own has stalled amid the credit crisis and stock market plunge, and concern persists over the impact of the proposed transaction on the biotech pioneer’s culture and productivity.

Roche Stalls For Time at In the Pipeline : Remember back earlier this year, when the temperatures were high, the Dow was at 11,000, and Roche announced that they wanted to buy the rest of Genentech. So hows that working out?Not all that well, as far as can be told from the outside. This would take around

Genentech Carries On, as Roche Deal Simmers on Back Burner at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Roche’s blockbuster bid for the portion of Genentech it doesn’t own has stalled amid the credit crisis and stock market plunge, and concern persists over the impact of the proposed transaction on the biotech pioneer’s culture and productivity.

05:17
Stem Cell Recommendations for the New Administration at Science Progress

Rick Weiss outlines a framework for a new federal policy that supports funding human embryonic stem cell research over on the CAP website. He writes that within the first week of taking office, President Obama "should call upon the Department of Health and

Stem Cells and the Politics of the Ethics of the Few at Mike the Mad Biologist : Over at What's New in Life Science, I have a post about embryonic stem cell research. Stop by and make Our Benevolent Seed Overlords happy.Read the comments on this post...

04:55
The Science Unveiling at The Intersection

How and when will the Obama transition team announce the president's science adviser? And will the rollout be given the prominence it deserves?These are questions I address in my latest Science Progress column. You can read the full piece here.Read the comments

The Science Unveiling at Science Progress : Its critical that we see the science adviser rollout given a degree of prominence similar to other top-level nominations. In our next government, science cant just be an afterthought.

04:08
Colbert and Buttars at Pharyngula

The war on Christmas is heating up. Look: here's Colbert mocking atheists. He sneers at our atheist Christmas cards, and even laughs at our letters to our families..cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png')

Gun Safety Notes at Uncertain Principles : The Daily Show nails the lessons of the Plaxico Burress fiasco: .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png') !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show