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December 1, 2008

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

19:12
Feynman - The Relation of Mathematics & Physics at Yan Feng

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Trashcan - linklove and folkbiology at Evolving Thoughts : I have run across a useful little site by Yan Feng, me/diumwhich he calls a Linklog. He links to video material of some interest to those who are science-concerned. Some of the best are: Einstein and Eddington - A BBC dramatisation of Eddington and Einstein's

17:49
The Australian's War on Science XXIV at Deltoid

On Tuesday the Australian had a piece by David Bellamy claimed to be victimized for his dissent:The sad fact is that since I said I didn't believe human beings caused global warming, I've not been allowed to make a television program. ...It was in 1996 that

Why dont op-eds get fact checked? at RealClimate : Debra Saunders is a conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle who has a history of writing misleading contrarian pieces on climate change. She contacted NASA Public Affairs recently for a comment on the initial glitch on the October GHCN numbers

13:51
Is there an antivaccinationist on ScienceBlogs.de? Help me figure it out, my German-speaking readers! at Respectful Insolence

I don't read ScienceBlogs.de for the simple reason that I don't understand German beyond a few words and phrases. Consequently, I don't know what our German counterparts are up to. However, a reader sent me a link that concerns me. It's to one of the ScienceBlogs.de

Quackery…on Scienceblogs.de? at Pharyngula : Look, I don't need this. It's been a rough weekend, with way too much travel for my mental and physical health, and I started off today with the Atheist Talk radio broadcast, which was good, but it was bracketed by those horrible woo-woo infomercials that always

09:34
NY Times article on testing kids for ACTN3 gene at Yann Klimentidis' Weblog

Today’s New York Times had a story about a new DTC novelty genetic testing company. It’s a rather obvious example of a torpedo. This article was seeded by a PR company — it’s only news because ATLAS Sports Genetics has investors that

ACTN3 sports gene test is a con! at Gene Expression : I was waiting for Dan MacArthur to comment on the "ACTN3 sports gene" story because I knew he had done research on this very locus. As usual, he's rather diplomatic, with a post titled The ACTN3 sports gene test: what can it really tell you?. He says:Kevin

Good only for entertainment value... and, of course, the government at John Hawks Anthropology Weblog : Genetic Future points out the minuses of a commercial gene test offering, which promises to tell parents whether their kids have alpha-actinin-3 gene combinations that are well-suited to Olympic sprinting. Since Dan is an expert on this gene, he can say with

Novelty DTC genetic testing company torpedoes their way into NY Times at Think Gene : Today’s New York Times had a story about a new DTC novelty genetic testing company. It’s a rather obvious example of a torpedo. This article was seeded by a PR company — it’s only news because ATLAS Sports Genetics has investors that

November 28, 2008

17:00
Is Jenny McCarthy a danger to the world? at Respectful Insolence

You know what my answer to this question would be. But what about puppet Steve Colbert's answer? He disagrees. Or does he:"Now sure, she's not the kind of expert who relies on facts and figures....She knows what she feels is true. She's that kind of expert."Heh.Oh,

Peer-evaluation of Jenny McCarthy at Pharyngula : When you need to address Jenny McCarthy's ideas, you really need to consult one of her equals: a puppet with rags and styrofoam for a brain.Read the comments on this post...

12:54
Positive skew of clinical-trial publication at Peer-to-Peer

A news story in Nature Medicine (14, 1133; 2008) discusses an investigation into the publication status of the clinical-trials literature (PLoS Med., doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050191; 2008), which concludes that positive results of clinical trials for drugs

Impact of OA to clinical trial results at Open Access News : Maxine Clarke, Positive skew of clinical-trial publication, Peer-to-Peer, November 27, 2008. A news story in Nature Medicine discusses an investigation into the publication status of the clinical-trials literature, which concludes that positive results of clinical

12:04
SRI: does it work or what? at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) strikes again, now on Java and Bali:Farmers across Indonesia have bumper rice harvests thanks to a revolutionary method: 50 percent increase in yield with just one 10th of the seed, virtually no chemical fertilizers

UFOs at Muck and Mystery : That's ag snark for Unconfirmed Field Observations. It's the bedrock of "alternative agriculture" (alternative to what?), organic advocacy etc. Robert asks some pointed questions about one example of UFOs in rice cropping. [The System of Rice Intensification]

11:36
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

Microsoft Researchers Study "Cyberchondria" at Slashdot: Science : Slatterz introduces us to the first major study on "cyberchondria" by Microsoft researchers (abstract, paper [PDF]). The news that it can be a bad idea to search the Internet to see if you have a terrible disease should come as no surprise. According to the

Searching for health on the web often leads to the most dire diagnoses at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Microsoft released a study looking at the patterns of those who perform health-related searches on popular search engines. To no one's surprise, "self-diagnosis by search engine frequently leads Web searchers to conclude the worst about what ails them."People

07:11
Water Fountain at A Babe In the Universe

Happy Thanksgiving in the US! I've been shopping for a water fountain to put in the new home, so today's news is aprropriate.This blog has made many reports on Enceladus, Saturn's mysterious moon with its South polar hot spot. In today's issue of NATURE, a

Enceladus: Evidence for Liquid Water at Centauri Dreams : The phrase ‘liquid water’ is enough to quicken the pulse of the steeliest-eyed astrobiologist. We’ve long defined the concept of a habitable zone — that zone around a star in which life might flourish — by the presence of liquid

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...