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November 26, 2008

10:28
European genetic substructure at Information Processing

Caption: Each point is an individual, and the axes are two principal components in the space of genetic variation. Colors correspond to individuals of different European ancestry.The figure above is from the paper: European Journal of Human Genetics (2008)

European genetic structure, study du jour at Yann Klimentidis' Weblog : Yet another one.As usual, Dienekes and Razib have talked about this one on their blogs.Anything new or particularly interesting?within-Germany resolution (see figure, labeled by Razib)big sample, of nearly 6000LCT (lactase), HERC2 (eye color and hair color)

10:02
'Academeology' review in Nature at A Blog Around The Clock

Peggy Kolm wrote a book review in Nature of Academeology by Female Science Professor.My copy arrived some weeks ago, but it will have to wait until I read at least three other books I promised to review....eh. Anyway, Peggy says:FSP's stories of being a woman

Academeology at Women in Science : I reviewed Female Science Professor's book, Academeology: Random Musings, Strong Opinions & Somewhat Bizarre Anecdotes from an Academic Life, for the latest issue of Nature.The very short version: I enjoyed reading Academeology, but I prefer FSP's blog.Read

09:03
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

Holiday getting you down? Pass the Turkey. at Neurotopia (version 2.0) : Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands down. Well, ok, I also celebrate a series of personal holidays on the day after Valentine's, the day after Easter, the day after Halloween, and the day after Christmas. Why hinge your emotions on the uncertainty of

05:33
Entrance Strategy at Science Progress

Researchers are eager to see the new administration move away from President Bushs policies on human embryonic stem cell research funding. But what will it take to get to the first clinical trials?

Is Obama new pin up hero for stem cell research? at Stem Cell Research Blog : As Barack Obama has taken the charge of the US President’s office, expectations are high that he will work for stem cell research. As a step to this, his advisers suggest eliminating the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

05:00
Attack of the Nerds from Outer Space at The Intersection

My latest Science Progress column, about a recent, cutting edge attempt to bring science and Hollywood together, is now up. It's entitled, "Attack of the Nerds from Outer Space," which should be more than enough of a teaser.You can read it here.Read the comments

Attack of the Nerds from Outer Space at Science Progress : The Science and Entertainment Exchange is a new departure for the scientific community, but precisely the sort of outreach measure that can help it better connect with our broader society.

03:18
New and Exciting in PLoS ONE at A Blog Around The Clock

There are 11 new articles in PLoS ONE today. As always, you should rate the articles, post notes and comments and send trackbacks when you blog about the papers. You can now also easily place articles on various social services (CiteULike, Connotea, Stumbleupon,

Short Takes at CogSci Librarian : Here are a few of my recent favorite things, for your Thanksgiving (U.S.) browsing pleasure:Bora posts a great article onNew and Exciting in PLoS ONE: an article entitledWhole Body Mechanics of Stealthy Walking in Catsand he asks for LOLCat submissions to illustrate

02:09
Slowing the Pace of Change: Bush Appointees Fast-Tracked into Career Government Jobs at The Scientific Activist

Clearly, I owe my readers some true post-election analysis--something that has been slowed down by the insanely busy schedule I've been keeping in the lab and the totally overwhelming implications of the fantastic and historic recent election of Barack Obama.

Bush Filling Science Slots with Unqualified People at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : And the AAAS is none too happy about it:The president of the nation's largest general science organization yesterday sharply criticized recent cases of Bush administration political appointees gaining permanent federal jobs with responsibility for making or

02:00
Oh. Canada. at Respectful Insolence

Well, this is depressing to learn. I'd be even more depressed if I were Canadian. All I can say to my neighbors to the north is that I feel your pain, albeit belatedly. I just learned that the recently appointed Minister of State for Science and Technology

Canada's New Minister of State (Science and Technology) Is a Chiropractor at Sandwalk : It's true. Checkout the Stephen Harper website, which incidentally, is supposed to be the Prime Minister's website. The Honourable Gary Goodyear Minister of State (Science and Technology) Cambridge (Ontario) Gary Goodyear was first elected to the House of Commons

Canada? Do we need to remind you about how screwed up the US is? at Pharyngula : You seem to be going down a similar path — expertise is downplayed, any fool can do the job of government, irrationality is promoted to equal footing with reason. It's worrisome. Didn't your mother ever ask you whether you'd follow if your friends jumped

01:50
The Five Things Meme at Laelaps

I only just noticed that Janet tagged me with the 5 Things meme. Here we go...5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago:Absolutely despising high schoolTaekwondo (2nd degree black belt)Being an emo kid before I even knew what that wasLearning how to drivePlaying DOOM5

Five things meme. at Adventures in Ethics and Science : Zuska tagged me; I am helpless to resist it.5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago:Suspecting I was pregnant (I was)Drafting thesis chaptersWalking 5-10 miles a dayTaking dance classes (Argentine tango and big band swing)Playing Snood5 Things On My To-Do List Today:Read

01:00
Advice for potential graduate students at A Blog Around The Clock

I wish every single laboratory web-page contained a disclaimer like this one:We currently have room in the lab for more graduate students. Before you apply to this lab or any other, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, be realistic about graduate

ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL GRADUATE STUDENTS - A SCIENCE CREATIVE QUARTERLY PIN UP (NO. 5) at The Science Creative Quarterly : (CLICK HERE FOR PIN-UP POSTER - pdf file ~85k) We suggest photocopying at 129% - LTR to 1117 We currently have room in the lab for more graduate students. But before you apply to this lab or any other, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, be realistic

November 25, 2008

21:01
A (serious) modest proposal at nanoscale views

Hopefully someone in the vast (ahem.) readership of this blog will pass this along to someone with connections in the Obama transition team. I've already submitted this idea to change.gov, but who knows the rate at which that gets read.As part of the forthcoming

links for 2008-11-26 at Uncertain Principles : nanoscale views: A (serious) modest proposal"As part of the forthcoming major economic stimulus package, I propose that the Obama administration fully fund the America Competes initiative immediately."(tags: science politics academia economics)'Teaching

21:01
Spin at nanoscale views

Many particles possess an internal degree of freedom called "spin" that is an intrinsic amount of angular momentum associated with that particle. The name is meant to evoke a spinning top, which has some rotational angular momentum about its axis when, well,

links for 2008-11-26 at Uncertain Principles : nanoscale views: A (serious) modest proposal"As part of the forthcoming major economic stimulus package, I propose that the Obama administration fully fund the America Competes initiative immediately."(tags: science politics academia economics)'Teaching

19:48
Trial Results Don't Look Good for GlaxoSmithKline's Diabetes Drug at SeekingAlpha Biotech Stocks

It’s one thing to test a drug in a well-controlled clinical trial. It’s another to study one as it’s being used in the real world.Why do differences crop up? Because trials for approval of drugs often weed out patients who are too old, too

Avandia: Trouble, Run Head to Head at In the Pipeline : Avandia (rosiglitazone) has been under suspicion for the last couple of years, after data appeared suggesting a higher rate of cardiovascular problems with its use. GlaxoSmithKline has been disputing this association all the way, as well they might, but today

No Easy Answers for Testing Drugs in the Real World at WSJ.com: Health Blog : It’s one thing to test a drug in a well-controlled clinical trial. It’s another to study one as it’s being used in the real world.Why do differences crop up? Because trials for approval of drugs often weed out patients who are too old, too

18:09
Crafty at Pharyngula

It's late (at least, where I am it is). Looking for something to while away the hours?How about making paper models of Einstein, Sagan, and Darwin?Or maybe you'd prefer stitching up a nice squid hat.Read the comments on this post...

Scientists Papercraft Models at A Blog Around The Clock : Go here to find out how to make paper Darwin, Einstein, Sagan and more....Read the comments on this post...

17:01
Engage with Grace at Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine 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

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

14:46
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

On the Origin of Species at Sandwalk : Yesterday (Nov. 24, 2008) marked the 149th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. Ms. Sandwalk just bought me an illustrated edition by David Quammen and I highly recommend it. The text is from the first edition of Darwin's

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

14:41
Now you see it... now you don't at Spoonful of Medicine

Mammography can thrust a tough choice on women. Get tested for breast cancer early and frequently, and you might nip a cancer in the bud. But testing comes at a cost: emotional trauma and wasteful further testing if doctors find out a mammogram was a false

Do Mammograms Sometimes Detect Cancer That Would Disappear? at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Mammography can thrust a tough choice on women. Get tested for breast cancer early and frequently, and you might nip a cancer in the bud. But testing comes at a cost: emotional trauma and wasteful further testing if doctors find out a mammogram was a false

12:56
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

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

11:03
New Blog on the Block: What's New in Life Science Research at The Daily Transcript

Scienceblogs launched a new blog featuring a few of the Scienceblog regulars and a few new bloggers including Hsien-Hsien Lei, whom you might recognize as the master mind behind Eye on DNA.The focus of this group effort is to discuss recent developements in

What's New in Life Science Research at A Blog Around The Clock : Scienceblogs.com is... ...hosting a limited-run group blog called What's New in Life Science Research, which will cover four separate topics in biotechnology: stem cells, cloning, biodefense, and genetically modified organisms. The blog is sponsored by Invitrogen,

11:00
Searching for health on the web often leads to the most dire diagnoses at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

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

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