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November 21, 2008

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

02:30
Goldberg vs Parker at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

Things are getting uglier and uglier over at the National Review. Ever since Kathleen Parker and Christopher Buckley refused to jump on the Palin bandwagon, there's been open warfare coming from their offices. Parker writes in the Washington Post that having

On their way to 40 years in the desert.... at A Blog Around The Clock : The Economist:But the odds in favour of an imminent renaissance look long. Many conservatives continue to think they lost because they were not conservative or populist enough--Mr McCain, after all, was an amnesty-loving green who refused to make an issue out

Giving Up on God at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates : As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

02:24
Steve Carpenter on Black Swans at Resilience Science

Ecologist Steve Carpenter follows up on Don Ludwig’s comments on Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book The Black Swan:Both of Taleb’s books are highly entertaining. But he over-reaches. There are some odd mistakes. For example, he makes much of a supposed

A big picture at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog : If everyone shifts trophic status to roughly herbivore level, and we educate all the worlds women to secondary level, we have a chance.The difference between 12 billion and 9 billion people in 2050 is one child per woman. If all the world’s women were

More Buttons at Muck and Mystery : I think that for some people their stupid button is stuck. To me, the most novel feature of the current ongoing collapse is the coincidence of huge shocks with apparently different triggers. Who would have thought that an epidemic of bad loans in America, steep

02:06
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

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

01:36
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.

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

01:07
Single-Celled Giant Upends Early Evolution at RichardDawkins.net : The Latest Updates

Slowly rolling across the ocean floor, a humble single-celled creature is poised to revolutionize our understanding of how complex life evolved on Earth.

This week's paradigm shift: a single-celled organism can also leave tracks. at Genomicron : My displeasure with media stories continues today with another over-the-top, speculative, and tailor-made-for-quote-mining article from Discovery News. The gist of it is that some people saw a very large, single-celled organism leaving tracks in the sand. Therefore,

00:10
What is the Solubility of Vanillin in Methanol? at Useful Chemistry

Jean-Claude Bradley, From ONS to Peer Review: our JoVE Article is Published, Useful Chemistry, November 13, 2008. Our article "Optimization of the Ugi Reaction Using Parallel Synthesis and Automated Liquid Handling" is now published on the Journal of Visualized

Case study in open notebook science at Open Access News : Jean-Claude Bradley, From ONS to Peer Review: our JoVE Article is Published, Useful Chemistry, November 13, 2008. Our article "Optimization of the Ugi Reaction Using Parallel Synthesis and Automated Liquid Handling" is now published on the Journal of Visualized

00:08
Henry Waxman, champion of science integrity on climate, to chair House Energy & Commerce Committee at ClimateScienceWatch

Quick update: Rep. Henry Waxman won the first-round of voting today in his bid for a hostile takeover of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. A panel of big-shot Dems voted 25-22 in favor of Waxman unseating John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat who now chairs

Dems dump Dirty Air Dingell at Effect Measure : John Dingell (D-MI), longtime Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has done some good things in his time, but overall he's been a net minus. When Henry Waxman (D-CA) toppled him from his perch today my feeling was an uncharitable, Good Riddance.

Dingell Voted Out, Waxman to Head Committee at Acronym Required : Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) won the vote to displace Representative John Dingell (D-MI) as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Waxman won the 137-122 vote to take over the leadership role that Dingelll held sine 1981. Waxman told reporters

Henry Waxman, Health-Care Power Broker at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Henry Waxman just unseated John Dingell as chairman of the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce. That’s a big deal for the health-care world, because the committee will be one of the key power centers for any big health-care reform bills. And

Will Waxman, the New Boss, Be the Same as the Old Boss? at WSJ.com: Health Blog : We’ve been straining to see inside our congressional crystal ball for hints on what Henry Waxman’s win in the contest for chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee means for the drug and device industries. The soon-to-be ex-chair

Waxman Wins First Round Against Dingell at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Quick update: Rep. Henry Waxman won the first-round of voting today in his bid for a hostile takeover of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. A panel of big-shot Dems voted 25-22 in favor of Waxman unseating John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat who now chairs

00:06
What do psychiatrists think of the new ACP depression guidelines? at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Trick question: They’re all equally effective.That’s the conclusion a panel of experts came to after analyzing the results of more than 200 studies, and their finding forms the backbone of new guidelines out this week from the American College of

Which Antidepressant Is Best? at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Trick question: They’re all equally effective.That’s the conclusion a panel of experts came to after analyzing the results of more than 200 studies, and their finding forms the backbone of new guidelines out this week from the American College of

November 20, 2008

21:02
Of Powerpoints and Posters at Neurotopia (version 2.0)

Yesterday, a very sleep-deprived (and possibly hungover) Sci finally dragged herself back to reality. SFN is a great opportunity to meet many, many people (most of whom will not remember me and I will be introducing myself AGAIN. I can't even get grad students

links for 2008-11-21 at Uncertain Principles : The End of Wall Street's Boom - National Business News - Portfolio.comIt seems I'm obliged to link to this. Apologies for the delay.(tags: politics economics culture business books)MPR: Challenged ballots: You be the judgeDo you like politics? And

21:00
Half of primary care doctors want to quit at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Welcome listeners from ReachMD! I am pleased to be hosting the ReachMD Poll, where I will introduce a topic on-air and you can have your say and vote on important health issues.Health care reform is imminent, and the coming year will present many challenges

Whither primary care at DB's Medical Rants :  Our country must answer an important question - are we willing to take the steps necessary to make primary care available to our population.  This survey raises the stakes significantly - Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine.And

The role of self-esteem in Obama's electoral success at BPS Research Digest : Voters are more willing to vote for male political candidates whom they perceive to have high self-esteem - a finding which could help explain President Elect Barack Obama's electoral success.In Autumn 2007, Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Erin Myers asked 209 undergraduates

Obama appoints health secretary at The Lancet Blog : President-elect Barack Obama signalled what is being viewed as a strong commitment to health-care reform Nov 19 by choosing former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to head the federal department of Health and Human Services. Ron Pollack, executive director

Is primary care set for a turnaround? at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : The recent news is certainly grim.Almost half of primary care doctors want to quit. Only 2 percent of internal medicine residents want to enter the field.Yet, I think there will be a turnaround ahead, if only because we're close to the bottom.Here's why. The

How to save money in primary care at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Revenues must exceed expenses. It's a basic business tenet that even doctors must abide by to keep their doors open. Get a programmable thermostat. Call and remind patients of their appointments. Use medical assistants during their internship. Buy supplies

Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine - CNN.com at GruntDoc : Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine - CNN.com (CNN) — Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years

ReachMD Poll: Top health care issues you will face in 2009 as a practicing physician at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Welcome listeners from ReachMD! I am pleased to be hosting the ReachMD Poll, where I will introduce a topic on-air and you can have your say and vote on important health issues.Health care reform is imminent, and the coming year will present many challenges

19:12
Benefits from a university OA fund at Open Access News

Heather Morrison, Who benefits from the University of Calgary authors' fund? Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, November 19, 2008.  Excerpt: Who benefits from the University of Calgary open access authors' fund? ...Obviously, the U of C's OA Authors'

--Mike Collins Paper -- at Ivory-bills LiVE!! : ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The perseverent Mike Collins, back in Virginia after another brief trip to the Pearl (La.), reports (11/20 entry on his website) that his paper on the flight mechanics of the

18:42
The analysis indicates that the author of [this blog] is of the type: at The Neurocritic

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

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

17:16
In Defense of Monogamy! at Gene Expression

OK, not really, but I have a new piece in The Guardian's Comment Is Free on polygamy.Read the comments on this post...

In Defense of Monogamy! at Gene Expression : OK, not really, but I have a new piece in The Guardian's Comment Is Free on polygamy.