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November 28, 2008

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

20:21
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

19:42
Sweet Molecule Could Lead Us To Alien Life at Slashdot: Science

Matt_dk writes "Scientists have detected an organic sugar molecule that is directly linked to the origin of life in a region of our galaxy where habitable planets could exist. The international team of researchers used the IRAM radio telescope in France to

Triple Helix: Designing a New Molecule of Life at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : Scientists dream of synthesizing life that is utterly alien to this world—both to better understand the minimum components required for life (as part of the quest to uncover the essence of life and how life originated on earth) and, frankly, to see if

17:00
Flod Tolerant Rice Varieties Passes Field Trials at The Biotech Weblog

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Thammarat KaosombatSeveral submergence-tolerant or "waterproof" rice varieties have passed field trials recently, and are now close to official release by national and state seed certification agencies in Bangladesh and India,

Bone Growth Is Controlled In The Gut! at Straightfromthedoc : Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Image# 6827769 Such is the new discovery by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center: bone growth is controlled in the gut through serotonin.Until now, the skeleton was thought to control bone growth, and serotonin was

Oral Administration of Garlic Compounds May Treat Diabetes at The Biotech Weblog : Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Image# 2070265Previous studies have shown that an injection of vanadium and allaxin, a compound found in garlic, could treat both type 1 and 2 diabetes in mice. A new study indicates that oral administration of these compounds

Flood Tolerant Rice Varieties Passes Field Trials at The Biotech Weblog : Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Thammarat KaosombatSeveral submergence-tolerant or "waterproof" rice varieties have passed field trials recently, and are now close to official release by national and state seed certification agencies in Bangladesh and India,

16:52
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

Looking at stars with exoplanets at Astroblog : The south-western sky as seen from the Southern hemipshere around 9:30 pm local time (you will need to click on the image to see the chart properly).Where are the stars with exoplanets? Well, all over really. There is almost no direction that you can look in

16:19
Ask a ScienceBlogger: Science Fiction Promotes Science? at Uncertain Principles

A few days ago, Peggy and Stephanie asked the blogosphere a few questions about the relationship between science and Science Fiction. They want to use the insights from the responses to run their session - Science Fiction on Science Blogs - at the ScienceOnline09

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: 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

Science versus science fiction at Evolving Thoughts : I am a fan of science fiction as far back as I can recall. The flights of imagination about large things, ideas and worlds, was enough to trigger off my own imagination. I read pretty well everything I could for over two decades before it all petered out into

Science and Science Fiction at A Blog Around The Clock : A few days ago, Peggy and Stephanie asked the blogosphere a few questions about the relationship between science and Science Fiction. They want to use the insights from the responses to run their session - Science Fiction on Science Blogs - at the ScienceOnline09

14:38
43% of Lund's 2008 dissertations are OA at Open Access News

Lund University gives its grad students the choice whether to make their dissertation OA.  Of the 350 dissertations deposited in the Lund IR in 2008, 152 or 43% are OA.  (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)Update.  While exploring the Lund Libraries pages

Pop quiz! at Open Reading Frame : Two unrelated quizzes that I recently took, and that might amuse some readers:Via Peter Suber, Lund University's ten-question quickie on Open Access. And yes, I got 10/10.Via 3 Quarks Daily: from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, something that purports

14:38
A little quiz for the afternoon at Stranger Fruit

According to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute "Americans fail a basic test on their history and institutions" with an average score of 49% (college educators apparently score 55%, and office-holders 44%). I scored 88% (29 out of 33)... I put that down

Pop quiz! at Open Reading Frame : Two unrelated quizzes that I recently took, and that might amuse some readers:Via Peter Suber, Lund University's ten-question quickie on Open Access. And yes, I got 10/10.Via 3 Quarks Daily: from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, something that purports

What's Your Civic Literacy? at The Intersection : John Lynch over at Stranger Fruit recommended this quiz by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute featuring 33 questions designed to measure knowledge of America's founding principles, political history, international relations, and market economy. According

14:04
Engage with Grace: The One Slide Project at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

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

Engage with Grace at Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog : In consideration of the many family dinners that will occur over the next few days of the Thanksgiving holiday, Pallimed is hosting (along with several other medical bloggers) a guest post from Engage with Grace and the One Slide Project.Have a safe and meaningful

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