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November 21, 2008

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.

17:01
Tommaso at A Quantum Diaries Survivor

After spending some time with my family this evening, I found the courage to delve into Lubos Motl’s last post about the “ghost sample” cross-section issue. I must admit he wrote overall a good post -mainly the first part is good, at least-,

Tommaso Dorigo: luminosity class is tough! at Lubo Motl's reference frame : The discussions with people whose knowledge about physics follows the weaker part of the blogosphere but whose self-confidence would suggest that they are Newittons - hybrids of Newton and Witten - often reaches comical proportions.That was the case of a recent

Tommaso at A Quantum Diaries Survivor : [I know, I know... I had promised that today I would issue a fourth installment of my multi-threaded post on the multi-muon analysis, and instead this morning (well, that depends where you're sitting) I am offering you something slightly different: instead

Tommaso at A Quantum Diaries Survivor : Let us get one thing straight at the beginning of this post, which centers on Lubos Motl’s arrogant pretense of being able to understand details of experimental collider physics better than the experimentalists who did the measurement.The heart of the

Tommaso at A Quantum Diaries Survivor : I cannot resist directing the Lubophilites and the Lubophobes of you to the thread of the former post, where, out of the blue, Lubos starts an attempt at explaining why Strassler’s estimate of the cross section of “ghost events” in the recent

16:44
Name a Mars rover ... and more fun stuff at Cosmic Log

Hey, kids! NASA wants you to name the MSL rover  io9: Firefighters' manual addresses how to deal with UFO attack Journal of Cartoon Over-analyzations (via Improbable.com) The Guardian: What's the password? (via GeekPress) ...(read more)

Name the next Mars rover! at Bad Astronomy Blog : NASA is looking for a name for the next Mars rover, officially called the Mars Science Laboratory. They’ve decided to have a contest, and it’s open to school children up to 18 years of age.The rovers so far (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity) have

15:55
Yankees, Irish Catholics and the McCain Belt at Gene Expression

One of the implicit assumptions of a book like Albion's Seed is the "First Settler Effect," (FSE) whereby the groups which originally settle a region have a disproportionate effect on its cultural character in perpetuity. Obviously there are boundary conditions,

Yankees, Catholics and Southerners at Gene Expression : At my other weblog I have a post which presents dozens of charts gleaned from the GSS. The intent was to compare Catholics and Protestants of New England origin to whites from the McCain Belt, and adduce whether the various Catholic immigrant groups such as

15:12
Who's Really in Front in the Minnesota U.S. Senate Race? at Political Calculations

I thought my utility as a local reporter would cease after the Republican National Convention. Who'd have thought a contested Senate race would pop up here?Norm Coleman is trying his level best to fashion the same judicial coup in the Minnesota Senate election

Election Wrap-up: Ballot Design at Social Science Statistics Blog : I like the noise of democracy.--James BuchananThere has been quite a bit of popular and scholarly interest in the mechanics of voting over the last decade, especially after the 2000 Florida Presidential election threw the concepts of butterfly ballots, residual

Minnesota's US Senate Race - We Steal Now? at Bitch. Ph.D. : I thought my utility as a local reporter would cease after the Republican National Convention. Who'd have thought a contested Senate race would pop up here?Norm Coleman is trying his level best to fashion the same judicial coup in the Minnesota Senate election

15:12
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 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

13:53
How Boston's top hospitals are paid much more at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

How much does bypass surgery cost? $51,522, if you go to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. But just a few miles away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass., it would run you $43,857.Associated PressMassachusetts General Hospital complex as seen

Market forces and reimbursement rates at Health business blog : The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team is accustomed to having an impact. In the case of the priest sex abuse scandal the impact was a shakeup in the Catholic Church and the resignation of the archbishop of Boston (not to mention a Pulitzer Prize). Now the

Should hospitals be penalized for financial success? at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : There's significant reaction on both sides from the Boston Globe expose on Partners Healthcare, where competing hospitals and health insurers are up in arms about the disproportionate reimbursement that Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals

Prices Vary Widely at Hospitals Around Boston at WSJ.com: Health Blog : How much does bypass surgery cost? $51,522, if you go to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. But just a few miles away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass., it would run you $43,857.Associated PressMassachusetts General Hospital complex as seen