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November 25, 2008

17:01
Engage with Grace at Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog

Engage with Grace(Click to enlarge)We’re all going to die. The least we can do — for ourselves, and for those who may be charged with making decisions on our behalf — is be clear about how we’d like to be cared for in our final days.That’s

Health Bloggers Want You to Talk About Death at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Engage with Grace(Click to enlarge)We’re all going to die. The least we can do — for ourselves, and for those who may be charged with making decisions on our behalf — is be clear about how we’d like to be cared for in our final days.That’s

14:46
Published This Day: The Origin of the Species at PALAEOBLOG

Via Ball State University in Indiana, I found an informative article on the basis for current theories of avian evolution:Comparative anatomists during the 16th through 19th centuries noticed that birds were very similar to traditional reptiles. In 1860, shortly

On the Origin of Species at Sandwalk : Yesterday (Nov. 24, 2008) marked the 149th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. Ms. Sandwalk just bought me an illustrated edition by David Quammen and I highly recommend it. The text is from the first edition of Darwin's

149 years ago today at Laelaps : 149 years ago today, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection briefly appeared on shelves. I say "briefly" because it sold out immediately. For a "secret" formulation of a mechanism by which evolution could occur, there certainly

Dan at Migrations : Via Ball State University in Indiana, I found an informative article on the basis for current theories of avian evolution:Comparative anatomists during the 16th through 19th centuries noticed that birds were very similar to traditional reptiles. In 1860, shortly

14:41
Now you see it... now you don't at Spoonful of Medicine

Mammography can thrust a tough choice on women. Get tested for breast cancer early and frequently, and you might nip a cancer in the bud. But testing comes at a cost: emotional trauma and wasteful further testing if doctors find out a mammogram was a false

Do Mammograms Sometimes Detect Cancer That Would Disappear? at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Mammography can thrust a tough choice on women. Get tested for breast cancer early and frequently, and you might nip a cancer in the bud. But testing comes at a cost: emotional trauma and wasteful further testing if doctors find out a mammogram was a false

12:56
Paying for unapproved drugs at Respectful Insolence

One of the handful of key themes that run through this blog day in, day out, week in, week, out, and year in, year out is that science and the application of the scientific method represent the most successful strategy that humans have yet come up with to improve

The Long Tail of skepticism at Bad Astronomy Blog : Tim Farley is a skeptic and the creator of the What’s the Harm? website, where he details the harm in believing in antiscience. He also writes a blog called Skeptical Software Tools, and he had a very interesting post recently about the Long Tail of blogging

11:03
New Blog on the Block: What's New in Life Science Research at The Daily Transcript

Scienceblogs launched a new blog featuring a few of the Scienceblog regulars and a few new bloggers including Hsien-Hsien Lei, whom you might recognize as the master mind behind Eye on DNA.The focus of this group effort is to discuss recent developements in

What's New in Life Science Research at A Blog Around The Clock : Scienceblogs.com is... ...hosting a limited-run group blog called What's New in Life Science Research, which will cover four separate topics in biotechnology: stem cells, cloning, biodefense, and genetically modified organisms. The blog is sponsored by Invitrogen,

11:00
Searching for health on the web often leads to the most dire diagnoses at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Getty ImagesWarning: Google could be bad for your perception of your health.Is that burning feeling heartburn or a heart attack? Quick, your brain says to the hand not clutching your chest, type “chest pain” into Google and let’s get to the

Cyberchondria: Its Not Just in Your Head at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Getty ImagesWarning: Google could be bad for your perception of your health.Is that burning feeling heartburn or a heart attack? Quick, your brain says to the hand not clutching your chest, type “chest pain” into Google and let’s get to the

10:58
Telomere attrition in hemopoietic stem cells begins immediately after birth at Ouroboros

We believe that one of the hallmarks of aging is the decline of function in adult stem cells. So far it was more or less well-studied only in the hematopoietic system. Researchers explain this phenomenon by a mechanism where gene expression changes during the

Link between stem cells, aging and cancer - new insight at Hematopoiesis : We believe that one of the hallmarks of aging is the decline of function in adult stem cells. So far it was more or less well-studied only in the hematopoietic system. Researchers explain this phenomenon by a mechanism where gene expression changes during the

09:14
A Pound of Flesh: How Much Weight Youll Gain Over the Holidays at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Earlier this month the editors of The New England Journal of Medicine invited readers to a more interactive role than we usually expect from a traditional medical journal. They offered us free access to a provocative clinical research article, welcomed us (paying

NEJM opens online discussion on controversial study at Public Library of Science - PLoS Medicine : Earlier this month the editors of The New England Journal of Medicine invited readers to a more interactive role than we usually expect from a traditional medical journal. They offered us free access to a provocative clinical research article, welcomed us (paying

06:40
Recurring defects in embryonic stem cells at Nobel Intent

Scientists have found recurring genetic abnormalities in human embryonic stem cells, including a hotspot for mutations that is linked to a variety of cancers.Read More...

Researchers found ideal time to collect embryonic stem cells to treat Parkinsons disease at Stem Cell Research Blog : At the 38th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, researchers have identified an ideal time to collect human embryonic stem cells to treat Parkinson’s disease. Lorraine Iacovitti, Ph.D., professor and interim director of the Farber Institute

06:30
My New Book at The Frontal Cortex

The excellent RadioLab has returned with a new series and the first is a programme on the psychology of how we make choices, and what can go wrong when brain damage prevents us from making decisions.The RadioLab team talk to psychologist Barry Schwartz, author

New RadioLab on the psychology of choice at Mind Hacks : The excellent RadioLab has returned with a new series and the first is a programme on the psychology of how we make choices, and what can go wrong when brain damage prevents us from making decisions.The RadioLab team talk to psychologist Barry Schwartz, author

06:02
Ask a ScienceBlogger: is science fiction good for science? at Adventures in Ethics and Science

Another "Ask a ScienceBlogger" question has been posed:What do you see as science fiction's role in promoting science, if any?For an answer to the question as asked, what Isis said. Also, what Scicurious said about a bunch of related questions.Myself, I think

Scientists, Science Fiction, and the people who love them both at Neurotopia (version 2.0) : I first got this question from the lovely Stephanie, and then again from the Borg: How does Science Fiction relate to you as a scientist? I am a Sci-Fi lover. Well, Sci-Fi and fantasy. I am mostly a book person, but I also do DVDs (I do not own a working TV

Ask a ScienceBlogger: Science Fiction Promotes Science? at Uncertain Principles : The Corporate Masters have decreed a new question Ask a ScienceBlogger question, and this one's right up my alley:What do you see as science fiction's role in promoting science, if any?If you look over in the left sidebar, you'll see a SF category, which is

Science in Science Fiction at Eva Amsen's blog : At the upcoming Science Online ’09 conference, Peggy Kolm and Stephanie Zvan will be hosting a session about the use of science fiction to communicate science. They’re asking science fiction authors and science bloggers to weigh in on the topic

05:37
J&J, Biederman Worked Toward Promotion of Pediatric Bipolar at World of Psychology

Harvard child psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and and his ties to the drug industry are back in the news today. The New York Times and the Journal are reporting that documents released as part of litigation show that Johnson & Johnson, maker of antipsychotic

Joe the Volcano - Biederman's relationship with J&J at PharmaGossip : Back stories here.Documents detailing the "close relationship" between child psychiatrist Smokin' Joe Biederman and Johnson & Johnson have surfaced from discovery efforts in a legal case.They portray Biederman as using his influence to get money out of

Key Opinion Leader With A Very Short Fuse at Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look : Psychiatrist Joe "Short Fuse" Biederman of Harvard University is really in hot water now. The sordid details can be seen in a fantastic article by Gardiner Harris of the New York Times. Here's just one snippet:In a November 1999 e-mail message, John Bruins,

J&J Backed Child Psychiatry Institute to Support Risperdal Sales at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Harvard child psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and and his ties to the drug industry are back in the news today. The New York Times and the Journal are reporting that documents released as part of litigation show that Johnson & Johnson, maker of antipsychotic

J&J Backed Child Psychiatry Institute to Support Risperdal Sales at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Harvard child psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and and his ties to the drug industry are back in the news today. The New York Times and the Journal are reporting that documents released as part of litigation show that Johnson & Johnson, maker of antipsychotic

05:19
The enchanting Encephalon 59 at Mind Hacks

The 59th edition of the Encephalon psychology and neuroscience writing carnival has just appeared online on the wonderfully named Ionian Enchantment and has all the latest in the last fortnight's mind and brain writing.A couple of my favourites include an interesting

Today's carnivals at A Blog Around The Clock : Grand Rounds 5:10 are up on Canadian MedicineThe 59th edition of Encephalon is up on Ionian EnchantmentRead the comments on this post...

Get Enchanted with the Enecpehalon # 59 at The Mouse Trap : Ionian Enchantment has published the 59th edition  of the brain carnival Encephalon and it contains some of the best blogging from the usual suspects. I found the new technique of cooling a brain region to slow the neural

The Embodied Encephalon at The Neurocritic : Encephalon #59 is hosted this fortnight by Michael Meadon at Ionian Enchantment. One highlight is a post at Neuroanthropology on embodied cognition and cultural evolution, which discusses a paper by Michael Wheeler and Andy Clark:I must admit a certain morbid

02:40
Dark Matter Annihilation? at Exploding Galaxies and other Catastrophysics

gpronger writes "The ATIC (Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter) has potentially discovered the presence of dark matter close (only 3000 light-years) to our solar system. The system detected a large amount of high energy cosmic rays which match the theoretical

Dark Matter Discovered Near Solar System? at Slashdot: Science : gpronger writes "The ATIC (Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter) has potentially discovered the presence of dark matter close (only 3000 light-years) to our solar system. The system detected a large amount of high energy cosmic rays which match the theoretical

02:30
City Censors Anti-Religion Billboard at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

I sure hope there's a lawsuit over this:Complaints have led to removal of an atheist group's "Imagine No Religion" billboard in Rancho Cucamonga. The General Outdoor sign company took down the Freedom From Religion Foundation billboard on Thursday after the

FFRF billboard in California taken down at city request at The Lippard Blog : The FFRF's "Imagine No Religion" billboard in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is being removed by General Outdoor Advertising after they received a request to remove it from the city. The city asserts that it requested the removal but did not demand it, and therefore

'Imagine No Religon' Billboard Only Lasts a Few Days in Rancho Cucamonga at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : A billboard in Rancho Cucamonga asking viewers to "imagine no religion" was taken down this week after residents and the city complained about its message.

01:29
The Atom Smashers at Life as a Physicist

The Atom Smashers (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/atomsmashers/) will show on PBS on Tuesday night. It looks like it focuses on Fermilab and the particle physics research occurring there. I like their tag line:After funding cut backs, Fermilaba premier

Atom smashers on TV at Cosmic Log : 137 FilmsTheoretical physicist Marcela Carena is one of the scientists appearing in "The Atom Smashers," a behind-the-scenes look at Fermilab's hunt for the Higgs boson. Can the movies turn real-life physicists into stars? "The Atom Smashers," airing Tuesday

Particle Physics on TV Tonight at Asymptotia : I learned from Katherine on the US/LHC blog earlier that tonight on PBS is an airing of a documentary called The Atom Smashers. Its about particle physicists at Fermilab, in Illinois (including my friend Marcela Carena in the photo above). Im curious to see

The Atom Smashers on PBS Nov. 25 at Cosmic Variance : Faithful readers of Cosmic Variance will remember that the documentary The Atom Smashers will be on the PBS show Independent Lens on Tuesday Nov. 25. On the west coast it’s at 10:30 pm; it could be other times in other places. I am in the film, at least

00:49
A planet around beta Pictoris? at Astroblog

We have long suspected that the star Beta Pictoris had at least one planet, due to distortions in its dust disk. But now it appears to have been imaged directly. Tom has the image and a good description, as does Centauri Dreams, as well as a nice table of directly

Planet Imaged Around Beta Pictoris? at Centauri Dreams : Images of distant exoplanets, once only a wish for future space missions, have begun to turn up with a certain regularity. The three planets around HR8799 and the single gas giant around Fomalhaut were announced on the same day, while a week later we once again

November 24, 2008

17:56
The Atom Smashers on PBS Nov. 25 at Cosmic Variance

The Atom Smashers (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/atomsmashers/) will show on PBS on Tuesday night. It looks like it focuses on Fermilab and the particle physics research occurring there. I like their tag line:After funding cut backs, Fermilaba premier

Atom smashers on TV at Cosmic Log : 137 FilmsTheoretical physicist Marcela Carena is one of the scientists appearing in "The Atom Smashers," a behind-the-scenes look at Fermilab's hunt for the Higgs boson. Can the movies turn real-life physicists into stars? "The Atom Smashers," airing Tuesday

The Atom Smashers at Life as a Physicist : The Atom Smashers (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/atomsmashers/) will show on PBS on Tuesday night. It looks like it focuses on Fermilab and the particle physics research occurring there. I like their tag line:After funding cut backs, Fermilaba premier

15:50
J&J, Biederman Worked Toward Promotion of Pediatric Bipolar at World of Psychology

Harvard child psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and and his ties to the drug industry are back in the news today. The New York Times and the Journal are reporting that documents released as part of litigation show that Johnson & Johnson, maker of antipsychotic

J&J Backed Child Psychiatry Institute to Support Risperdal Sales at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Harvard child psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and and his ties to the drug industry are back in the news today. The New York Times and the Journal are reporting that documents released as part of litigation show that Johnson & Johnson, maker of antipsychotic

11:12
Backreacting Personality at Backreaction

This web site claims to be able to analyze the language used by a blogger and spit out a description of the writer's intellectual style. Here's what it says about Stayin' Alive:The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative

Typealyzer: INTP - The Thinkers at Lubo Motl's reference frame : Typealyzer seems to be a pretty good gadget to estimate the personality of bloggers, at least in comparison with many other gadgets that seem to produce rubbish. When I entered motls.blogspot.com, it said the following:INTP - The ThinkersThe logical and analytical

The analysis indicates that the author of [this blog] is of the type: at The Neurocritic : INTP - The Thinkers The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine

Real artificial intelligence? at Stayin' Alive : This web site claims to be able to analyze the language used by a blogger and spit out a description of the writer's intellectual style. Here's what it says about Stayin' Alive:The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative