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November 22, 2008

05:52
Black carbon: Color matters when it comes to climate change at The Island of Doubt

Upon first read, a new study about the contribution of "black carbon" to the global carbon cycle, and therefore to climate change, suggests things might not be as bad as now commonly thought. But first reads, especially by those who don't have a graduate degree

Soot in soils may decrease carbon dioxide feedback at Nobel Intent : We may not know all we think we know about carbon in soils and its impact on the global carbon cycle. A recent paper in Nature Geoscience looks at soot in soil. Read More...

November 21, 2008

18:53
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

does science fiction matter? at all? even a little? at Cocktail Party Physics : Oh, cool! My favorite topic. And somebody asked me to write about it! Peggy Kolm, over at Biology in Science Fiction, sent the Cocktail Party an invitation to blog about science fiction for ScienceOnline09, an annual science communication conference that brings

18:09
High-Energy Electrons: Evidence for Dark Matter? at Centauri Dreams

Cosmic rays are subatomic particles streaming through space at almost the speed of light. They are actually different kinds of particles, including protons and helium nuclei (two protons and two neutrons bound together). Their exact speed determines how much

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

Something powerful lurks nearby at Bad Astronomy Blog : Cosmic rays are subatomic particles streaming through space at almost the speed of light. They are actually different kinds of particles, including protons and helium nuclei (two protons and two neutrons bound together). Their exact speed determines how much

17:35
The battle rages on in Texas at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates

The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings right now on their science standards, and by all reports it is an embarrassment to the state: on the one side, we have the educated teachers and scientists, and on the other, a coterie of ignorant ideologues.

NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2008/11/21 at AntiEvolution.org - The Critic's Resource on AntiEvolution : (by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch:) Dear Friends of NCSE, No shortage of news from Texas, where the state board of education heard testimony about the proposed revisions to the state science standards from over ninety citizens, just two days after a survey

A WTF Moment in Texas at The Panda's Thumb : Ive just started reading Kenneth Millers Only A Theory in which he is attempting to make the case that the current assault on science, orchestrated by organizations like the Disco Tute, is a threat to our scientific soul the healthy skepticism and rational

Creationists Fight Dirty, Scientists Don't at Sandwalk : Martin at The Atheist Experience has been posting about the Texas State Board of Education hearings on science standards. Several members of the board want to "teach the controversy," which means teaching the creationist lies about evolution in an attempt to

The battle rages on in Texas at Pharyngula : The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings right now on their science standards, and by all reports it is an embarrassment to the state: on the one side, we have the educated teachers and scientists, and on the other, a coterie of ignorant ideologues.

Dunbar Tries to Backpeddle at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : Cynthia Dunbar, the nutball on the Texas State Board of Education who wrote an idiotic screed about Barack Obama at the Christian Worldview Network last week, is now scrambling to backpeddle from the things she said. The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports:Cynthia

14:24
Yankees, Irish Catholics and the McCain Belt at Gene Expression

One of the implicit assumptions of a book like Albion's Seed is the "First Settler Effect," (FSE) whereby the groups which originally settle a region have a disproportionate effect on its cultural character in perpetuity. Obviously there are boundary conditions,

Opinions on evolution, intelligence & religion at Gene Expression : In my post yesterday where I compared Catholics & Protestants in New England with Southerners in the McCain Belt, I was struck on the evolution question that in New England Protestants exhibited much more variance than Catholics. More Protestants rejected evolution

Yankees, Catholics and Southerners at Gene Expression : At my other weblog I have a post which presents dozens of charts gleaned from the GSS. The intent was to compare Catholics and Protestants of New England origin to whites from the McCain Belt, and adduce whether the various Catholic immigrant groups such as

12:56
NASA Tests Deep-Space Network Modeled On the Internet at Slashdot: Science

hcg50a writes "NASA has successfully tested the first deep space communications network modeled on the Internet. Working as part of a NASA-wide team, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, used software called Disruption-Tolerant Networking,

An Internet for Deep Space at Centauri Dreams : Networking deep space should be a priority for future missions. If we can set up robust networking between spacecraft, we relieve the Deep Space Network of a huge burden, that of having to communicate directly with each spacecraft for tasks that are essentially

12:41
Perspective at Bad Astronomy Blog

Perspective. Let me give you it.I did not know who Louis CK is when I first watched this, but now I love him, for he speaks truth.Hat tip to Fark.

Why? The beginnings of philosophy at Evolving Thoughts : Phil Plait linked to this guy, Louis CK, on why it's alright for the world to go back into the dark ages, but I rather like this one, in which it becomes clear that philosophers are, after all, just persistent two year olds: Read the comments on this post...

12:21
Another genetic map of Europe at Gene Expression

I pointed to the paper at my other weblog, but since ScienceBlogs has a narrow page width, I've put the important charts below the fold.Table 4 - Each horizontal line in the table shows the proportions of test samples originating from a given country that were

More genetic maps of Europe at Gene Expression : Another paper on European phyogeography, Investigation of the fine structure of European populations with applications to disease association studies:An investigation into fine-scale European population structure was carried out using high-density genetic variation

European population structure with 300K SNPs and 6,000 individuals at Dienekes' Anthropology Blog : This is a nice paper on European population structure with a large number of SNPs, which comes at the heels of some earlier studies:Genetic structure in Northern Europe with 250K SNPsGeography and Genetic structure in Europe (again)500K SNP Europe-wide study

12:13
Revision to license for NLM databases at Open Access News

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has released an updated license for its databases, including MEDLINE and PubMed. The primary change in the new license is that it eliminates the distinction between licensees located in the US or outside the US. All licensees,

Trials accepted for MEDLINE indexing at BioMed Central : Following a review by the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, Trials has been accepted for indexing in MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database.Trials was launched in 2006 as an evolution of the journal, Current

11:48
Support for the Broken Window at The Mouse Trap

Ed at Not Exactly Rocket Science has an important post  on research by Keizer and colleagues, which found support for the broken windows theory of crime spread. He dos a very good job of describing the broken window theory, the

Does graffiti promote littering and theft? at Neural Gourmet - Feed Your Brain : Popular, and controversial, the Broken Window theory says that the outward appearances of small crimes, such as broken windows or graffiti, serve as triggers for more serious crimes. Former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani based his Quality of Life Campaign

11:03
Elevator Pitch Contest at Cosmic Variance

Yesterday’s launch event for the Science and Entertainment Exchange was a smashing success. The enthusiasm of everyone in the room was palpable, especially on the Hollywood side — these folks would love to be interacting more closely with scientists

TV science party tonght! at Adventures in Ethics and Science : Over at Cosmic Variance, Sean Carroll gets us an imaginary audience with Les Moonves (President and CEO of CBS) to pitch a new TV show about science:Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...

Programming Note, Party Games at Uncertain Principles : Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and the impending holiday and associated travel has thrown our schedules all out of whack. I'm making myself crazy trying to maintain the usual posting schedule while still meeting work and family responsibilities. Thus, for at

09:21
Mysterious Aurora Spotted on Saturn at The Corpus Callosum

The Cassini orbiter shows us what is happening in the final frontier: This is an aurora on Saturn.  It's false-color, obviously. The technique is explained on the NASA site:This image of the northern polar region of Saturn shows both the aurora and underlying

Another exoplanet imaged? at Bad Astronomy Blog : Another planet orbiting a sunlike star has been directly detected by imaging… maybe. Here’s the image:The possible planet orbiting Beta Pictoris is labeled. Click to embiggen. Image credit: ESO.In this infrared image (taken at 3.6 microns, about

07:04
Nitromed Is Archemix's Back Door onto the Stock Market at SeekingAlpha Biotech Stocks

Nitromed (NTMD) has been in trouble for several years now. They're a perfect example of a dog that caught a car: a company that was demolished by actually getting its drug on the market. No one wanted to pay for it, though, and after all that expense the company

The Back Door to the Stock Market at In the Pipeline : Nitromed has been in trouble for several years now. They're a perfect example of a dog that caught a car: a company that was demolished by actually getting its drug on the market. No one wanted to pay for it, though, and after all that expense the company was

07:03
Grassley Knocks Radio Host Goodwin for Drug-Industry Conflicts at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Sen. Chuck Grassley is squawking about another eyebrow-raising conflict-of-interest in psychiatry. This tale of drug-industry influence comes with another twist: It involves National Public Radio.Perhaps you’ve listened to The Infinite Mind, the popular

Dr. Fred Goodwin and The Infinite Mind Ties to Undisclosed Drug Payments at World of Psychology : On May 9, Slate published a rebuke of the independence of an episode of the Infinite Mind, a public radio program on mental health, brain and behavior topics. The show is hosted by Dr. Fred Goodwin, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

06:37
The future of the Republican Party-5: McCain opens the Pandora's box at Mano Singham's Web Journal

One of Al Gore's biggest sins for which I will never forgive him is his putting into the spotlight the insufferable Joe Lieberman by selecting him as his running mate in 2000. Lieberman has milked his gift of prominence to the maximum so that it is now hard

Lieberman gets away with it at archy : I suppose we knew this was coming.The Senate Democrats have voted and Joe Lieberman gets to keep his chairmanship. After announcing the vote, Harry Reid said, "This was not a time for retribution," and "If you will look at the problems that we face as a nation,

06:10
Dance Your Ph.D. Contest Winners at Women in Science

The winners of the annual AAAS Science Dance contest were just announced, and they are a lot of fun. Three of the four categories were won by women scientists:The Graduate Student winner is Sue Lynn Lau, who is working on her Ph.D. at Garvan Institute of Medical

Dance and Science at The Frontal Cortex : I know I've written about the virtues of art-science interactions, but I never imagined that the AAAS would sponsor a "dance your dissertation" competition, and that one of the winners would feature an interpretative dance inspired by the "cerebral activation

Dancing your PhD at Bayblab : The AAAS had its annual science dance contest, and the results are in! The idea is to use body movement and art to communicate the findings of your first-author publication, so that you may perform in February at the AAAS meeting. Clearly they are taking cues

Dance Dance (your) Ph.D. at Cocktail Party Physics : Jules Feiffer used to draw cartoons for the Village Voice, back before it, too, sold out to the man, and every now and then he'd throw in an interpretive dance cartoon like the animated one that opens his website. The caption would read something like, "A

03:53
Biweekly links for 11/21/2008 at Michael Nielsen

John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech | Video on TED.comOne of my favourite TED talks.Etherpad Shows Google Docs How Its Done“[Etherpad is] comparable to Google Docs or a wiki, but its far more useful. You start off by creating a new workspace.

links for 2008-11-20 at Notional Slurry : the reclaiming of arbcamp"I think its incredible work youve been doing lately, and I wholeheartedly endorse it" YAY!!!(tags: via:mitten amusing tribalism prejudice Santayana-effect local social-networks insular a-group-is-its-own-worst-enemy)CSS Tip

03:53
The History of Prehistory in Life at Hairy Museum of Natural History

The LIFE photo archive is hosted by Google which allows you to search millions of photographs stretching from the 1750s to today.According to Google, "only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty

Biweekly links for 11/21/2008 at Michael Nielsen : John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech | Video on TED.comOne of my favourite TED talks.Etherpad Shows Google Docs How Its Done“[Etherpad is] comparable to Google Docs or a wiki, but its far more useful. You start off by creating a new workspace.

c-2 at microecos : Photo Tony Linck, 1948 Matt from HMNH recently posted some gems from the amazing LIFE photo collection that is going up on Google.Here are some amazing images filed under “Reptiles.” Each, warrants pages of minor musings, but of course each is worth

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google includes millions of images, many historical medical photographs at Clinical Cases and Images - Blog : The LIFE photo archive is hosted by Google which allows you to search millions of photographs stretching from the 1750s to today.According to Google, "only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty

03:53
Baby Quantization Update at Uncertain Principles

John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech | Video on TED.comOne of my favourite TED talks.Etherpad Shows Google Docs How Its Done“[Etherpad is] comparable to Google Docs or a wiki, but its far more useful. You start off by creating a new workspace.

Biweekly links for 11/21/2008 at Michael Nielsen : John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech | Video on TED.comOne of my favourite TED talks.Etherpad Shows Google Docs How Its Done“[Etherpad is] comparable to Google Docs or a wiki, but its far more useful. You start off by creating a new workspace.

03:02
Genes provide Minimal Benefit!!!! Seriously Oprah! at Gene Sherpas: Personalized Medicine and You

I don’t subscribe to The New England Journal of Medicine, but luckily for me a good number of the general interest articles are offered online for free. The November 13 issue includes several free perspectives on the future of primary care. There are

Harvard med students just say no at PharmaGossip : Brandishing signs on the steps of Harvard Medical Schools Gordon Hall, about 40 students flanked by colleagues from Tufts and Boston University rallied for stronger policies against pharmaceutical-industry influence at Harvards affiliated hospitals last month.A

Turning primary care on its head at Health business blog : I don’t subscribe to The New England Journal of Medicine, but luckily for me a good number of the general interest articles are offered online for free. The November 13 issue includes several free perspectives on the future of primary care. There are