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December 2, 2008

01:38
Plant a Seed in every classroom at A Blog Around The Clock

Now you can donate a subscription to Seed Magazine to a classroom of your choice:Earlier this year, as part of the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge, ScienceBlogs readers donated over $18,000 toward science literacy. Seed Media Group was proud to donate a further

Give the gift of SEED at Laelaps : This past October, many ScienceBlogs readers and SEED teamed up to donate over $33,000 to science classrooms around the United States. Continuing this generous trend, SEED is now offering a reduced-rate subscription price of $14.95 to anyone who donates a subscription

00:06
Cardiac scans are not ready for prime time at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

This is a collection of articles I have found interesting in the weekly editions of the "big five" medical journals: NEJM, JAMA, Annals, Lancet and BMJ (a few more journals are included occasionally). The review is a weekly feature of Clinical Cases and Images

Interesting Articles: A Weekly Review of the "Big Five" Medical Journals at Clinical Cases and Images - Blog : This is a collection of articles I have found interesting in the weekly editions of the "big five" medical journals: NEJM, JAMA, Annals, Lancet and BMJ (a few more journals are included occasionally). The review is a weekly feature of Clinical Cases and Images

December 1, 2008

23:03
Counting down to the Venus, Jupiter and Moon lineup Tomorrow. at Astroblog

Venus and Jupiter shine through the window as I do the washing up (as always, click on the image to enlarge). They are visibly closer than the last time I posted, well on the way to the spectacular line up on Monday night of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.As I've

Venus, the Moon, and Jupiter at Bad Astronomy Blog : On December 1, Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon made this pretty formation in the sky:That shot was taken on my little department store digital camera. All I did was mount it on a good tripod and bracket the exposure (that is, take a bunch of shots with different

Venus and Jupiter, view from the washing up. at Astroblog : Venus and Jupiter shine through the window as I do the washing up (as always, click on the image to enlarge). They are visibly closer than the last time I posted, well on the way to the spectacular line up on Monday night of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.As I've

21:01
Public Key Cryptography using RSA at Good Math, Bad Math

Technorati Tags: cryptography, public-key, encryption, RSA, asymmetric encryption The most successful public key cryptosystem in use today is RSA - named for its inventors Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman. I first learned about RSA in grad school from one of my

links for 2008-12-02 at Uncertain Principles : Schneier on Security: Lessons from Mumbai"If there's any lesson in these attacks, it's not to focus too much on the specifics of the attacks. "(tags: news society security blogs)Does the broken windows theory hold online?"Does the aesthetic

17:40
The life, and death, of Ota Benga at Laelaps

During the past week I've been tracking down information about various performing primates and famous apes like "Consul" and John Daniel, but as I did so something kept bothering me. Didn't the Bronx Zoo, sometime early in the 20th century, display a person

The Open Laboratory 2008 - all the submissions fit to print at A Blog Around The Clock : It's midnight! So, the submission form is now closed. Over the past year we have collected hundreds of excellent entries for the anthology - thanks to all who made the submissions. Jennifer Rohn has lined up some star people to judge all the entries, and in

17:40
America's Food Availability Crisis at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

One thing that the Thanksgiving Holidays has made clear: America, the land of plenty where holiday overeating is celebrated as a social good, is suffering a food availability crisis. The Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture

The Open Laboratory 2008 - all the submissions fit to print at A Blog Around The Clock : It's midnight! So, the submission form is now closed. Over the past year we have collected hundreds of excellent entries for the anthology - thanks to all who made the submissions. Jennifer Rohn has lined up some star people to judge all the entries, and in

15:18
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

New and Exciting in PLoS this week at A Blog Around The Clock : Let's see what is new in PLoS Medicine, PLoS Biology and PLoS ONE today:Time-of-Day-Dependent Enhancement of Adult Neurogenesis in the Hippocampus:Adult neurogenesis occurs in specific regions of the mammalian brain such as the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus.

12:37
MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 at Emergiblog

MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

vadlo at ScienceRoll : Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2009 (Digital Pathology Blog): For the third year in a row, Cleveland Clinic doctors and consultants have picked the medical innovations they think will rise to the top next year.MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 (Emergiblog):

Today's carnivals at A Blog Around The Clock : MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

11:27
The radiation of deep sea octopuses at Pharyngula

Last week's Friday Cephalopod actually has an interesting story behind it. It was taken from a paper that describes the evolutionary radiation of deep-sea cephalopods.First, a little background in geological history. Antarctica is a special case, in which a

The radiation of deep sea octopuses at The Panda's Thumb : Last weeks Friday Cephalopod actually has an interesting story behind it. It was taken from a paper that describes the evolutionary radiation of deep-sea cephalopods.First, a little background in geological history. Antarctica is a special case, in which a

10:00
Quality improvement is a misnomer at DB's Medical Rants

 Readers know that I am obsessed with semantics.  I know that words are powerful.  Oft times words are labels.  Too often people use words to obfuscate meaning.  My hypothesis is that quality improvement is an obfuscating phrase.The

Why today's quality measures do not improve health outcomes at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Does meeting quality measures really improve patient outcomes?That's a critical question, since current pay-for-performance initiatives assume the answer is yes. For instance, does a higher percentage of hemoglobin A1c's in diabetics really mean better patient

09:45
Friday Weird Science: The Grad Student 15 at Neurotopia (version 2.0)

A somewhat late Friday Weird Science, but I want to point out that Sci was not up at 4am shopping with all the crazies. I don't DO that sort of thing. Online is so much better. So here I was, rolling myself around the house after a particularly delicious Thanksgiving

Diary of a Doctor's Wife, Episode 004 at Disgruntled Julie: A PhD in Progress : This year, toward the end of Thanksgiving dinner hosted by my husband's aunt and uncle, my husband's aunt's (through marriage) niece showed up to visit, along with her six year old daughter. Technically speaking, she is not at all related to my husband, but

08:46
lancelot_001 at ScienceRoll

I write a blog for the conference and publish a series of interviews with famous participants. The second interviewee is Dr. James Kinross and the topic is medical simulations in Second Life. Check it out!Further reading:Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: Interviews

imperialsl_001 at Knowledge Transfer Innovations : James outside our virtual learning hospitalJames Kinross has given an interview to the NextMed: Design for WellBeing Conference. Read their blog posting to learn the answer to this question and others:How realistic can objects and operating rooms be in Second

07:09
UN Passes Defamation of Religion Resolution at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

The UN Third Committee has passed a resolution calling on countries to prohibit "defamation of religion." This is the latest in a series of non-binding resolutions passed in various UN committees calling for such laws. Those resolutions are sponsored by the

Anti-blasphemy = anti-free speech at Respectful Insolence : Chalk this up under "Yet another example of U.N. incompetence":UNITED NATIONS - Islamic countries Monday won United Nations backing for an anti-blasphemy measure Canada and other Western critics say risks being used to limit freedom of speech. Combating Defamation

05:06
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

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, 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 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

03:43
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

The Buzz: Viral Video: Weird Squid at Page 3.14 : Video footage of a rare "elbowed" squid taken remotely from a Shell Oil Company drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico went viral this weekend. The squid is of the genus Magnapinna, has tentacles over 20 feet long, and is one of only a handful of its kind to have

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...

03:31
World's Deadliest Novel? at Uncertain Principles

The Yorkshire Ranter points out the similarities between last week's horrific attacks in Mumbai and Frederick Forsyth's The Dogs of War, and dubs it the "world's deadliest novel." Steinn picks up on this, and wonders if it's accurate:The plot of Dog's of War

Deadliest Novel at Dynamics of Cats : The Yorkshire Ranter suggests that the Dog's of War by Forsyth as the world's deadliest novel.Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...

fiction meets reality at Dynamics of Cats : 'couple of good ones from the Yorkshire RanterPakistan paranoiaand World's Deadliest NovelRead the comments on this post...

02:40
The Best of All Possible Worlds at Backreaction

This week's science:Phil at Bad Astronomy on aliens and UFOs: When I give public talks, I can almost guarantee that during the Q&A Ill get asked: Do I believe in aliens and UFOs? My answer usually gets a laugh: Yes, and no. As far as aliens go, I suspect

Monday Science Links at The Greenbelt : This week's science:Phil at Bad Astronomy on aliens and UFOs: When I give public talks, I can almost guarantee that during the Q&A Ill get asked: Do I believe in aliens and UFOs? My answer usually gets a laugh: Yes, and no. As far as aliens go, I suspect

01:00
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

The Gonzalez Trial for Pancreatic Cancer: Outcome Revealed at Health Care Renewal : The regimen advocated by Nicholas Gonzalez is a variation of a detoxification treatment for cancer that has been around, in one form or another, for more than 50 years ("Gerson Therapy is another example). Here is the National Cancer Institutes (NCI) description:Patients

November 30, 2008

21:17
Potentially Universal Mechanism Of Aging Identified at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates

Researchers have uncovered what may be a universal cause of aging, one that applies to both single cell organisms such as yeast and multicellular organisms, including mammals. This is the first time that such an evolutionarily conserved aging mechanism has

Scientists Identify a Potentially Universal Mechanism of Aging at Slashdot: Science : cybergenesis2008 points us to a summary of research out of Harvard Medical School in which a set of genes known to affect aging in yeast was found to affect aging in mice as well. The genes, called sirtuins, perform two particular tasks; regulating which genes

Scientists Identify a Potentially Universal Mechanism of Aging at Slashdot: Science : cybergenesis2008 points us to a summary of research out of Harvard Medical School in which a set of genes known to affect aging in yeast was found to affect aging in mice as well. The genes, called sirtuins, perform two particular tasks; regulating which genes

21:17
Potentially Universal Mechanism Of Aging Identified at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates

Researchers have uncovered what may be a universal cause of aging, one that applies to both single cell organisms such as yeast and multicellular organisms, including mammals. This is the first time that such an evolutionarily conserved aging mechanism has

Scientists Identify a Potentially Universal Mechanism of Aging at Slashdot: Science : cybergenesis2008 points us to a summary of research out of Harvard Medical School in which a set of genes known to affect aging in yeast was found to affect aging in mice as well. The genes, called sirtuins, perform two particular tasks; regulating which genes