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November 25, 2008

05:19
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

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...

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

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

02:40
Dark Matter Annihilation? at Exploding Galaxies and other Catastrophysics

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

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

02:30
City Censors Anti-Religion Billboard at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

I sure hope there's a lawsuit over this:Complaints have led to removal of an atheist group's "Imagine No Religion" billboard in Rancho Cucamonga. The General Outdoor sign company took down the Freedom From Religion Foundation billboard on Thursday after the

FFRF billboard in California taken down at city request at The Lippard Blog : The FFRF's "Imagine No Religion" billboard in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is being removed by General Outdoor Advertising after they received a request to remove it from the city. The city asserts that it requested the removal but did not demand it, and therefore

'Imagine No Religon' Billboard Only Lasts a Few Days in Rancho Cucamonga at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : A billboard in Rancho Cucamonga asking viewers to "imagine no religion" was taken down this week after residents and the city complained about its message.

01:29
The Atom Smashers at Life as a Physicist

The Atom Smashers (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/atomsmashers/) will show on PBS on Tuesday night. It looks like it focuses on Fermilab and the particle physics research occurring there. I like their tag line:After funding cut backs, Fermilaba premier

Atom smashers on TV at Cosmic Log : 137 FilmsTheoretical physicist Marcela Carena is one of the scientists appearing in "The Atom Smashers," a behind-the-scenes look at Fermilab's hunt for the Higgs boson. Can the movies turn real-life physicists into stars? "The Atom Smashers," airing Tuesday

Particle Physics on TV Tonight at Asymptotia : I learned from Katherine on the US/LHC blog earlier that tonight on PBS is an airing of a documentary called The Atom Smashers. Its about particle physicists at Fermilab, in Illinois (including my friend Marcela Carena in the photo above). Im curious to see

The Atom Smashers on PBS Nov. 25 at Cosmic Variance : Faithful readers of Cosmic Variance will remember that the documentary The Atom Smashers will be on the PBS show Independent Lens on Tuesday Nov. 25. On the west coast it’s at 10:30 pm; it could be other times in other places. I am in the film, at least

00:49
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

November 24, 2008

17:56
The Atom Smashers on PBS Nov. 25 at Cosmic Variance

The Atom Smashers (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/atomsmashers/) will show on PBS on Tuesday night. It looks like it focuses on Fermilab and the particle physics research occurring there. I like their tag line:After funding cut backs, Fermilaba premier

Atom smashers on TV at Cosmic Log : 137 FilmsTheoretical physicist Marcela Carena is one of the scientists appearing in "The Atom Smashers," a behind-the-scenes look at Fermilab's hunt for the Higgs boson. Can the movies turn real-life physicists into stars? "The Atom Smashers," airing Tuesday

The Atom Smashers at Life as a Physicist : The Atom Smashers (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/atomsmashers/) will show on PBS on Tuesday night. It looks like it focuses on Fermilab and the particle physics research occurring there. I like their tag line:After funding cut backs, Fermilaba premier

15:50
J&J, Biederman Worked Toward Promotion of Pediatric Bipolar at World of Psychology

Harvard child psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and and his ties to the drug industry are back in the news today. The New York Times and the Journal are reporting that documents released as part of litigation show that Johnson & Johnson, maker of antipsychotic

J&J Backed Child Psychiatry Institute to Support Risperdal Sales at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Harvard child psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and and his ties to the drug industry are back in the news today. The New York Times and the Journal are reporting that documents released as part of litigation show that Johnson & Johnson, maker of antipsychotic

11:12
Backreacting Personality at Backreaction

This web site claims to be able to analyze the language used by a blogger and spit out a description of the writer's intellectual style. Here's what it says about Stayin' Alive:The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative

Typealyzer: INTP - The Thinkers at Lubo Motl's reference frame : Typealyzer seems to be a pretty good gadget to estimate the personality of bloggers, at least in comparison with many other gadgets that seem to produce rubbish. When I entered motls.blogspot.com, it said the following:INTP - The ThinkersThe logical and analytical

The analysis indicates that the author of [this blog] is of the type: at The Neurocritic : INTP - The Thinkers The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine

Real artificial intelligence? at Stayin' Alive : This web site claims to be able to analyze the language used by a blogger and spit out a description of the writer's intellectual style. Here's what it says about Stayin' Alive:The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative

10:59
Published This Day: The Origin of the Species at PALAEOBLOG

Via Ball State University in Indiana, I found an informative article on the basis for current theories of avian evolution:Comparative anatomists during the 16th through 19th centuries noticed that birds were very similar to traditional reptiles. In 1860, shortly

149 years ago today at Laelaps : 149 years ago today, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection briefly appeared on shelves. I say "briefly" because it sold out immediately. For a "secret" formulation of a mechanism by which evolution could occur, there certainly

Dan at Migrations : Via Ball State University in Indiana, I found an informative article on the basis for current theories of avian evolution:Comparative anatomists during the 16th through 19th centuries noticed that birds were very similar to traditional reptiles. In 1860, shortly

10:54
Egnor loses it, again at Pharyngula

Creationists must live on a different planet. I just summarized this symposium I attended; I posted the schedule last week. In between, Michael Egnor takes this scrap of information and spins out a weird tale. He actually put up a post titled, "Is P.Z. Myers

Understanding Darwin: The legacy of evolution at Pharyngula : As I've already mentioned, I was off in Philadelphia this past weekend, participating in a symposium entitled "Understanding Darwin: The legacy of evolution". I was a bit amazed to be there, since this was primarily a history and philosophy event with several

Egnor loses it, again at The Panda's Thumb : Creationists must live on a different planet. I just summarized this symposium I attended (it was a conference on the history and philosophy of evolutionary theory); I posted the schedule last week, which included well-known figures in this field like Janet

08:34
Dr. Fred Goodwin and The Infinite Mind Ties to Undisclosed Drug Payments at World of Psychology

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

Disclosure of a Salesman - GlaxoSmithKline, Dr Frederick Goodwin, and "The Infinite Mind" at Health Care Renewal : Earlier this year, an article by Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer, "Stealth Marketers: Are Doctors Shilling for Drug Companies on Public Radio" in Slate discussed how the host and panelists on a segment of the acclaimed radio show, "The Infinite Mind," broadcast

And now a word from our sponsors at PharmaGossip : Psychiatrist Dr. Frederick K. Goodwin, host to the popular radio program The Infinite Mind, has lost his radio hosting job after Senator Charles E. Grassley revealed that he had received $1.3 million from pharmaceutical companies during the period 2000-2007.Dr.

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

08:29
Genes provide Minimal Benefit!!!! Seriously Oprah! at Gene Sherpas: Personalized Medicine and You

Genotype Score in Addition to Common Risk Factors for Prediction of Type 2 Diabetes......That's right, the New England Journal of Medicine has 2 publications in the Journal this week. What's the take away?Paper One: Conclusions A genotype score based on 18

NEJM opens online discussion on controversial study at Public Library of Science - PLoS Medicine : Earlier this month the editors of The New England Journal of Medicine invited readers to a more interactive role than we usually expect from a traditional medical journal. They offered us free access to a provocative clinical research article, welcomed us (paying

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

08:22
Published This Day: The Origin of the Species at PALAEOBLOG

Via Ball State University in Indiana, I found an informative article on the basis for current theories of avian evolution:Comparative anatomists during the 16th through 19th centuries noticed that birds were very similar to traditional reptiles. In 1860, shortly

Dan at Migrations : Via Ball State University in Indiana, I found an informative article on the basis for current theories of avian evolution:Comparative anatomists during the 16th through 19th centuries noticed that birds were very similar to traditional reptiles. In 1860, shortly

08:08
SpaceX wakes up some Texans at Bad Astronomy Blog

Texans got a bit of a surprise Saturday night when the folks at SpaceX did a major test of their 9-engine cluster At 10:30 p.m. local time, the nine Merlin engines roared into life for a full-up test lasting 178 seconds — nearly three minutes. The test

SpaceX Successfully Tests Nine-Engine Cluster at Slashdot: Science : the_other_chewey writes "At their test facility in Texas, SpaceX, the privately funded space-flight company, have successfully tested their nine-engine cluster which is planned to provide the heavy lifting capability for their Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy rockets.

07:19
Puzzle painting at easternblot.net

This painting, called “MicroArray”, is also a puzzle: ” Peter C. Johnson, M.D., president and CEO of Scintellix, created this painting called ‘MicroArray.’ He has embedded a cipher based on the dots in the pastel. Pit your skills

mircroarray at ScienceRoll : I’ve come across the $1500 MicroArray Challenge on Medgadget.This isn’t just any picture of a microarray — it’s a cryptogram with a $1,500 message.Peter C. Johnson, M.D., president and CEO of Scintellix, created this painting called

07:10
Medicine 2.0 Blog Carnival about Web 2.0 and Medicine at Clinical Cases and Images - Blog

Medicine 2.0 is a bi-weekly blog carnival which collects some of the most interesting posts about Web 2.0 and Medicine. The archive is available here.A blog carnival is a blog event similar to a magazine dedicated to a particular topic. Each edition of a blog

med320.jpg at ScienceRoll : It’s always a pleasure for me when my mentor, Ves Dimov at Clinical Cases and Images, is the host of the Medicine 2.0 blog carnival. He told me about the possible impacts of web 2.0 on medicine and healthcare back in 2006 and that’s why I started

Announcement: Will Host Medicine 2.0 Blog Carnival about Web 2.0 and Medicine at Clinical Cases and Images - Blog : Medicine 2.0 is a bi-weekly blog carnival which collects some of the most interesting posts about Web 2.0 and Medicine. The archive is available here.A blog carnival is a blog event similar to a magazine dedicated to a particular topic. Each edition of a blog

06:32
The Wall Street Journal editorial pages are a very silly place at Pharyngula

The United States has some serious problems: an ugly war, a shaky economy, a bad government (on the way out, at last). It's been a rough eight years. So of course it must be someone's fault, and Daniel Henninger has a simple explanation: blame the atheists.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! at Mano Singham's Web Journal : (The series on the future of the Republican party will continue tomorrow.)Yes, we can no longer ignore the signs that the Christmas season is upon us. Apart from the snow, Salvation Army bell ringers, and store decorations, the definitive event is the arrival

05:46
AstraZeneca's Real Concern is Map Pharmaceuticals at SeekingAlpha Biotech Stocks

Lots of action from AstraZeneca today, including more job cuts, the sale of a portfolio of over-the-counter drugs and a legal victory in a generics case.The company will cut 1,300 jobs and close plants in Spain, Belgium and Sweden by 2013. Some of the cuts

AstraZeneca Cutting Jobs & Selling Some OTC Brands at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Lots of action from AstraZeneca today, including more job cuts, the sale of a portfolio of over-the-counter drugs and a legal victory in a generics case.The company will cut 1,300 jobs and close plants in Spain, Belgium and Sweden by 2013. Some of the cuts

05:33
Give Turkeys a Reason to Be Thankful on Thanksgiving at sustainablog

Long before the Puritans decided to cop a squat on Native American land and then had the first Thanksgiving meal featuring turkey meat, someone managed to discover that the turkey was a good bird to eat. Somehow, despite all logic, some hungry human looked

Turkeymania 2008! at Political Calculations : We have one true annual tradition here at Political Calculations, and that's to celebrate Thanksgiving week in the U.S. by digging into the numbers behind the U.S. turkey-industrial complex! We'll begin this year by taking a census of turkeys produced in the

03:56
99 years ago today at Evolving Thoughts

The Origin originated on this day exactly 150-minus-1 years ago.Read the comments on this post...

The Birthday of the Origin at A Blog Around The Clock : The Origin originated on this day exactly 150-minus-1 years ago.Read the comments on this post...