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November 28, 2008

05:19
New and Exciting in PLoS this week at A Blog Around The Clock

There are new articles published tonight in PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - here are my picks:Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...

University libraries, budgets, and open access at Biocurious : I’ve been playing with numbers in my head based on the statistics from my home institution – the University of Toronto – relative to publications, the real cost of open access publishing, and the U of T library’s annual budget for journal

Universities would save money if all journals were OA at Open Access News : Philip Johnson, University libraries, budgets, and open access, Biocurious, November 26, 2008.  Excerpt: Ive been playing with numbers in my head based on the statistics from my home institution the University of Toronto relative to publications, the real

05:17
Neuroscience Summer Boot Camp 2009 for Non-Scientists, Aug. 2-12 at Brain Waves

Successful professionals can not afford to ever stop learning. When a professional attends a conference within his field, it is called continuing education. But what about those who need to significantly expand their knowledge into a new field, but cannot take

Bootcamp for Professionals: Quick Hard Knowledge for Ambitious Outsiders at Al Fin : Successful professionals can not afford to ever stop learning. When a professional attends a conference within his field, it is called continuing education. But what about those who need to significantly expand their knowledge into a new field, but cannot take

04:55
The Economy is Rough All Over: Mistress Edition at Pure Pedantry

The economy is rough for everybody. The super-rich are cutting back on their mistress subsidies:According to a new survey by Prince & Assoc., more than 80% of multimillionaires who had extra-marital lovers planned to cut back on their gifts and allowances.

Times are Tough All Over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : The Wall Street Journal reports that rich people are feeling the pinch of hard economic times so much that they're cutting back on allowances and gifts for their mistresses (and misters - 1/3 of respondents to the study were women):According to a new survey

04:52
European agency opposes patent on embryonic stem cells at Stem Cell Research Blog

European regulators on Thursday ruled against allowing a patent on developing human embryonic stem cells, a decision that could stifle research by stem cell companies for commercial purposes. The problem for companies looking to profit from technology using

Telomere attrition in hemopoietic stem cells begins immediately after birth at Ouroboros : While stem cells exhibit the capacity to differentiate and self- renew, their ability to do so is now known to decline with age. The stem cell niche plays a key role in this decline, particularly in the case of embryonic stem cells. At the level of individual

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

04:52
Oil Exploration Leads To Video of a Mysterious Elbowed Squid at Slashdot: Science

eldavojohn writes "A rare glimpse from Shell Oil of a giant squid brings to light the strange relationships some deep sea marine biologists have with drilling companies. The video of the squid (Magnapinna) is very rare as this creature remains largely a mystery

Video of a Rare Giant Squid at Pure Pedantry : Check out this crazy video of a rare "elbowed" giant squid recorded from a Shell Oil remote operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico.Read the comments on this post...

04:00
Denialism, Framing, the Kumbaya Fallacy, and Power at Mike the Mad Biologist

ScienceBlogling Matt Nisbet argues that scientists* shouldn't call science denialists, well, denialists. I listened to the audio clip he linked to, and I'm unconvinced. Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...

Is Name Calling an Effective Communication Strategy? at Framing Science : A few bloggers have registered their reaction to last week's PRI radio segment that questions the wisdom of calling climate change and evolution opponents "deniers." Most notably Orac, Mike the Mad Biologist, and Mark Hofnagle argue that their preferred brand

Denialism: Sometimes there's no other way to describe it. Except maybe one. at Respectful Insolence : Here we go again.Every so often, one of the--shall we say?--less popular members of our crew of science bloggers, someone who, despite being an academic whose area of expertise is ostensibly science communication, has stepped in it again. I'm referring, of

The day after Thanksgiving: A bit of reading for you--and a "framing" response at Respectful Insolence : Believe it or not, sometimes even Orac has a life. I know, I know, between the ridiculously logorrheic blogging here and other online activities, coupled with even more ridiculous long hours working at his day job, it's hard to conceive. However, my wife and

03:21
AstraZeneca - motavizumab: FDA want more at PharmaGossip

AstraZeneca faces a delay in getting a new drug from its recently acquired MedImmune biotech unit to market in the United States. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker said on Friday it had received a so-called "complete response letter" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Johnson & Johnson Is the Latest FDA Casualty at SeekingAlpha Biotech Stocks : Does the Food and Drug Administration approve drugs anymore? Or are we seeing the lame-duck leadership at the agency punt any action over to the next administration? Late Tuesday, the FDA gave Pfizer (PFE) full, formal approval of its new HIV/AIDS drug. But

01:02
Pickering on science fiction and cybernetics at Resilience Science

Historian of science, Andrew Pickering (who wrote Mangle of Practice) while reviewing How We Became Posthuman by Katherine Hayles (in Technology and Culture 41.2 (2000) 392-395) writes about science fiction and cybernetics:“Posthumanity” is not

danieldf at Ars Physica : No dia 26 de novembro de 1894, nascia Norbert Wiener. Ele uma dessas figuras que no recebe a ateno que merece, tendo feito trabalhos nas reas de processos estocsticos, processamento de sinais, teoremas tauberianos, teorema de Paley-Wiener, teorema de Wiener-Khinchin,

00:47
'... business you don't like' at The Scientist

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of P Z Myers. In fact, I think he’s a bit of a drongo (as the shackle-draggers might have it). So it’s a bit of a shock to find myself agreeing with him.As I implied previously, I don’t do science

The Unknown at The End Of The Pier Show : Following on from Richard’s recent entry on the inherent beauty of science, and to be serious for five minutes, my argument with PZ (and HWMNBN) isn’t just their religiously fundamentalist and laughably hypocritical virulence towards anyone who

The week on Nature Network: Friday 28 November at Nautilus : This weekly Nautilus column highlights some of the online discussion at Nature Network in the preceding week that is of relevance to scientists as authors. The Nature Network week column is archived here.Eva Amsen calls for science fiction authors and science

November 27, 2008

16:50
Stephen Hawking Going To Canada at Slashdot: Science

thepacketmaster writes "A previous Slashdot article I posted mentioned the possibility of Stephen Hawking coming to Canada. The Toronto Star now reports that he has accepted the position. Hawking will hold the title of distinguished research chair at the prestigious

Stephen Hawking to Visit Perimeter Institute at Backreaction : I just recieved the following email:Professor Stephen Hawking to Regularly Visit Canada's Perimeter Institute as Distinguished Research ChairWaterloo, Ontario, Canada, November 27, 2008 - Dr. Neil Turok, Director of Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical

11:03
Does Tryptophan from turkey meat make you sleepy? at A Blog Around The Clock

It's Thanksgiving tomorrow and the question (of the title of this post) pops up on the internets again. See SciCurious and Janet for the latest local offerings.Short answer: we don't know. But there is endless speculation about it, each taking into account

Why does Thanksgiving dinner *really* make you sleepy? at Adventures in Ethics and Science : For years, you've heard the tremendous fatigue experienced after an American Thanksgiving dinner laid at the feet of the turkey -- or more precisely, at the tryptophan in that turkey. Trytophan, apparently, is the go-to amino acid for those who want to get

Thanksiving Links, and a clarification at Neurotopia (version 2.0) : Yeesh, I post ONE thing on tryptophan and everyone's all like "excessive daytime sleepiness!" Oy. So let's be straight here. Turkey contains tryptophan. So does chicken. So does beef. So does anything containing proteins, because tryptophan is an amino acid

links for 2008-11-27 at Uncertain Principles : slacktivist: Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?"Part of the answer to that question is that our newspapers are being asked to do something they were never designed to do and something they are fundamentally and structurally incapable of

10:35
Technology is not enough at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Greater investment in improving agricultural technology certainly needs to be part of the solution to meet the rising demand for food. But if spatially connective infrastructure (roads and bridges in particular) and complementary services such as agricultural

Technophobia at Muck and Mystery : A good example of motivated reasoning is found in those who don't understand or embrace technological advancement. Often this is part of a set of norms and preferences rooted in romantic ideas about peasant agriculture. Charles the Dim of England is the poster

09:04
'... business you don't like' at The Scientist

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of P Z Myers. In fact, I think he’s a bit of a drongo (as the shackle-draggers might have it). So it’s a bit of a shock to find myself agreeing with him.As I implied previously, I don’t do science

The Unknown at The End Of The Pier Show : Following on from Richard’s recent entry on the inherent beauty of science, and to be serious for five minutes, my argument with PZ (and HWMNBN) isn’t just their religiously fundamentalist and laughably hypocritical virulence towards anyone who

08:59
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

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

Carnivalia at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) : Here are the latest blog carnivals that have been published for you to enjoy. Since I was traveling, I have included all the blog carnivals that I am aware of that were published during that time period;I and the Bird, issue 89. This blog carnival focuses on

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...

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

08:21
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

Complimentary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Toronto at Sandwalk : The Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto offers a program called "Human Biology." Students who complete the program will graduate with an Honours B.Sc. degree. One of the courses is HMB434H1: Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The textbook

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

03:39
ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL GRADUATE STUDENTS - A SCIENCE CREATIVE QUARTERLY PIN UP (NO. 5) at The Science Creative Quarterly

This lovely piece has been circulating of late, but Sonke has been kind enough to allow the SCQ to present his ">late, but Sonke has been kind enough to allow the SCQ to present his "Advice for Potential Graduate Students" as a handy dandy pin-up, suitable

All graduate student supervisors take note. at The World's Fair : This lovely piece has been circulating of late, but Sonke has been kind enough to allow the SCQ to present his ">late, but Sonke has been kind enough to allow the SCQ to present his "Advice for Potential Graduate Students" as a handy dandy pin-up, suitable

01:07
Buy Nothing Day at Roundrock Journal

We had a quiet, eventless Thanksgiving Day. Oh there was a fire call early in the morning, but it was outside of our area so we didn't have to worry about that. Someone starting up their wood stove or fireplace for the first time this year, probably! We did

Post TNX at Niches : We had a quiet, eventless Thanksgiving Day. Oh there was a fire call early in the morning, but it was outside of our area so we didn't have to worry about that. Someone starting up their wood stove or fireplace for the first time this year, probably! We did

01:07
nsaunders at What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate

Once again, an interesting FriendFeed discussion has morphed into a thread on a wider issue: OpenID.OpenID is one of those brilliantly simple ideas that you’d imagine most people would applaud. A single “digital identity”, used for any website

Identity-fication at business|bytes|genes|molecules : As some of you know, I am a fan of Larry Lessig’s presentation style. One of the many speakers who has been insired by that style is Dick Hardt, but I am not talking about his presentation style, but rather his content. Dick is into identity, what he

01:07
nsaunders at What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate

Once again, an interesting FriendFeed discussion has morphed into a thread on a wider issue: OpenID.OpenID is one of those brilliantly simple ideas that you’d imagine most people would applaud. A single “digital identity”, used for any website

Identity-fication at business|bytes|genes|molecules : As some of you know, I am a fan of Larry Lessig’s presentation style. One of the many speakers who has been insired by that style is Dick Hardt, but I am not talking about his presentation style, but rather his content. Dick is into identity, what he

November 26, 2008

21:01
Does Tryptophan from turkey meat make you sleepy? at A Blog Around The Clock

It's Thanksgiving tomorrow and the question (of the title of this post) pops up on the internets again. See SciCurious and Janet for the latest local offerings.Short answer: we don't know. But there is endless speculation about it, each taking into account

Why does Thanksgiving dinner *really* make you sleepy? at Adventures in Ethics and Science : For years, you've heard the tremendous fatigue experienced after an American Thanksgiving dinner laid at the feet of the turkey -- or more precisely, at the tryptophan in that turkey. Trytophan, apparently, is the go-to amino acid for those who want to get

links for 2008-11-27 at Uncertain Principles : slacktivist: Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?"Part of the answer to that question is that our newspapers are being asked to do something they were never designed to do and something they are fundamentally and structurally incapable of