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December 5, 2008

08:45
Choose Java for Speed at Depth-First

Yesterday's blog about Who says Java is not fast?!? caused quite some feedback (thanx to all commenters!) with several good points. Of course, a table like that in the cinfony paper (see also the comments in the blogs by Noel (the author) and Rich). Many things

Who says Java is not fast?!? at chem-bla-ics : While performance tests actually show that for even core numerical calculations Java is at par with C in terms of speeds, and sometimes even hits Fortran-like speeds, people keep think that Java is not fast. I only invite you to test that yourself.Meanwhile,

Open Benchmarks for Cheminformatics at Depth-First : Yesterday's post on cheminformatics benchmarking generated a number of interesting comments, both here and on a similar article posted to Egon Willighagen's blog.One thing the discussion highlights is the need for a suite of benchmarks specifically aimed at

Cheminformatics Benchmark Project #1 at chem-bla-ics : Yesterday's blog about Who says Java is not fast?!? caused quite some feedback (thanx to all commenters!) with several good points. Of course, a table like that in the cinfony paper (see also the comments in the blogs by Noel (the author) and Rich). Many things

08:42
Self-Embedding Disorder at Dr. Deborah Serani

Figure 1 (Young et al., 2008). This x-ray image illustrates 3 metal staples embedded in the hand of a teenage girl.Self-Embedding Disorder appears to be a newly-coined term1 described in a press release issued by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA):Radiologists

Deliberate self-harm by insertion of foreign bodies into the forearm at The Neurocritic : OR: Why is the RSNA Makin' Stuff Up?First, we had the latest new scourge among teenage girls, as featured in yesterday's post:Self-Embedding Disorder appears to be a newly-coined term described in a press release issued by the Radiological Society of North

Self-Embedding Disorder and Removal of Soft Tissue Foreign Bodes at The Neurocritic : Figure 1 (Young et al., 2008). This x-ray image illustrates 3 metal staples embedded in the hand of a teenage girl.Self-Embedding Disorder appears to be a newly-coined term1 described in a press release issued by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA):Radiologists

07:51
In bed with Templeton at Cosmic Variance

The movie “Milk” opened last weekend. It tells the story of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay politicians in the United States. Although I have not seen the movie, without a doubt the story of Harvey Milk is a tragedy of epic proportions.

Markopoulou: Time is Fundamental, Space is Not at Guide to Reality : The Foundational Questions Institute has run an essay contest on "The Nature of Time" and received a wide variety of responses. These come from well known physicists, other academics, and amateurs alike. Because of time contraints I've only read a few, beginning

07:00
Light Echoes Solve Mystery of Tycho's Supernova at Slashdot: Science

Ponca City, We love you writes "Powerful telescopes in Hawaii and Spain are using 'light echoes' from the original supernova explosion that have bounced off dust in the surrounding interstellar clouds to identify the precise type of supernova that Tycho Brahe

What Tycho Saw at The Speculist : It's a little bit of time travel and a whole lot of cool astronomy:Ancient Supernova Explosion Glimpsed AnewA supernova explosion first seen from Earth 436 years ago has come back to life for astronomers in a time-travel-like astronomical twist.By observing

06:58
Work hours and unintended consequences at DB's Medical Rants

It seems intuitive that better rested physicians equates to better patient care. Surgeon Pauline Chen takes a look at the repercussions of further limiting work-hours, saying "even the best attempts at cure do not come without strings attached."There's something

The consequences of limiting resident work-hours at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : It seems intuitive that better rested physicians equates to better patient care. Surgeon Pauline Chen takes a look at the repercussions of further limiting work-hours, saying "even the best attempts at cure do not come without strings attached."There's something

06:41
Blog notes on data sharing conference at Open Access News

Stphane Goldstein, Radicalism and data, Research Information Network blog, undated but recent. Greetings from Edinburgh, where I'm attenting the 4th International Digital Curation Conference [December 1-3, 2008]. ... I was struck in particular by a number of

Quick update from International Digital Curation Conference at Science in the open : Just a quick note from the IDCC given I was introduced as “one of those people who are probably blogging the conference”. I spoke this morning giving a talk on Radical Sharing - Transforming Science? A version of the slides is available at slideshare.

06:36
Nicholas Wade on the Colbert Report at Pure Pedantry

Nicholas Wade (a friend of mine's Dad actually) was on the Colbert Report talking about cloning wooly mammoths. Colbert asks the obvious question: why don't we just staple shag carpeting to an elephant?Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this

Meanwhile, in mammoth land at archy : Over the last few months I've neglected woolly mammoth news because I was distracted by the election and my mother's health. It's time to get back to work.Nicholas Wade was on the Colbert Report talking about cloning woolly mammoths. Colbert asked the obvious

04:57
BioMed Central joins HIFA2015 at BioMed Central

BioMed Central has joined HIFA2015 as a supporting organisation, declaring our support for the HIFA2015 goal.HIFA2015 (Health Information For All by 2015) was launched in October 2006, and as an organization aims to ensure that by 2015, every person worldwide

More on BioMed Central at Open Access News : Dick Kaser, BioMedCentral The Case in Point for Open Access, Infotoday Blog, December 4, 2008. If there is a poster child for Open Access publishing, it would appear to be BioMedCentral (BMC) ...When I met with [BMC's] Bryan Vickery and Marianne Haska in their

BMC joins Health Information For All at Open Access News : BioMed Central has joined HIFA2015 (Health Information For All by 2015) as a supporting organization. HIFA2015's goal statement is, "By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider."

04:48
This Week's Citation Classic at The Evilutionary Biologist

This week's citation classic is A.S Sarabhai, A. O. W. Stretton, S. Brenner and A. Bolle. 1964. Colinearity of the gene with the polypeptide chain. Nature 4914:13-17. Following Crick and Watson's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full

This Week's Citation Classic at Sandwalk : John Dennehy (The Evilutionary Biologist) has posted "This Week's Citation Classic."1 The classic paper demonstrated back in 1964 that the gene and the protein it encodes are colinear [This Week's Citation Classic]. Remember, this was before DNA sequencing

04:37
MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 at Emergiblog

MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

Carnivalia at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) : Wow, this is a truly unexpected honor: one of my essays was chosen by the "MetaCarnival." This blog carnival seeks to bring together the best of the blogosphere by sampling the diverse topics collected in the carnival format. Read the comments on this post...

Is there any other cool way to put "there are Carnivals"? at Neurotopia (version 2.0) : GrrlScientist talks about Carnivalia, Greg Laden has pictures of the scantily clad, how can I distinguish myself when I post about the Carnivals that are out there? I will gladly accept any ideas out there. But anyway, December Scientiae is up, the HOT version,

vadlo at ScienceRoll : Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2009 (Digital Pathology Blog): For the third year in a row, Cleveland Clinic doctors and consultants have picked the medical innovations they think will rise to the top next year.MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 (Emergiblog):

Today's carnivals at A Blog Around The Clock : MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

04:08
CNN screws the pooch at Pharyngula

CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

Announcing Unscientific America at The Intersection : Yesterday, many among us were aghast to learn that yet another major news outlet is eliminating its science coverage. In this case it was CNN, which decided to nix its seven-person unit on science, the environment, and technology--including six producers and

Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry : CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran

Another one bites the dust: CNN axes science team at The Island of Doubt : So last month its was the Forecast Earth gang at the Weather Channel. This week it's the science and technology team at CNN that gets the axe.I know that times are tough all over. I know it's hard to sell ads for science sections and programs. But it sure would

CNN catches the stupid at Bad Astronomy Blog : For some reason beyond my ken, CNN is shutting down its science/space/tech division and absorbing it into their general editorial unit. This means less science coverage for sure, since it has to compete with the lowest common denominator of news (if it bleeds…).

News that no longer fits into CNN at The Post-Normal Times : As a blogger on environmental science and policy who has actually worked in this field for over 20 years, I have done my share of grumbling about the quality of coverage of this complex subject, but have also come to appreciate just how time consuming it is

CNN Shuts Down its Science Journalism Department at The Daily Transcript : CNN, like most other MSM outfits have been sacrificing reporters, foreign correspondents in favor of pundits (aka political operatives), fancy gizmos (verging on a reenactment of Star Wars) and fluff. The canceling of their science journalism department is

Do people just not care about science and technology? at nanoscale views : CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

04:08
CNN screws the pooch at Pharyngula

CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry : CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran

Another one bites the dust: CNN axes science team at The Island of Doubt : So last month its was the Forecast Earth gang at the Weather Channel. This week it's the science and technology team at CNN that gets the axe.I know that times are tough all over. I know it's hard to sell ads for science sections and programs. But it sure would

CNN catches the stupid at Bad Astronomy Blog : For some reason beyond my ken, CNN is shutting down its science/space/tech division and absorbing it into their general editorial unit. This means less science coverage for sure, since it has to compete with the lowest common denominator of news (if it bleeds…).

Announcing Unscientific America at The Intersection : Yesterday, many among us were aghast to learn that yet another major news outlet is eliminating its science coverage. In this case it was CNN, which decided to nix its seven-person unit on science, the environment, and technology--including six producers and

CNN Shuts Down its Science Journalism Department at The Daily Transcript : CNN, like most other MSM outfits have been sacrificing reporters, foreign correspondents in favor of pundits (aka political operatives), fancy gizmos (verging on a reenactment of Star Wars) and fluff. The canceling of their science journalism department is

Do people just not care about science and technology? at nanoscale views : CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

03:58
Chris Patil (ouroboros) on the Campisi lab's new PLoS Biology paper: cellular senescence, protein secretion, and the aging/cancer paradox at Terra Sigillata

I've kept a passing interest in senescence (cellular, not personal) over the last 20 years or so because I've always felt that attempts to increase longevity in a multicellular organism would also increase the risk of cancer (more seasoned readers may recognize

Increased Secretion in Senescent Cells at The Daily Transcript : I just read a paper that features fellow science blogger Chris Patil as an author (although he would be the first to state that he was second on the author's list). The manuscript, which appeared in yesterday's edition of PLoS Biology, describes senescence-associated

ouroboros at Ouroboros : One great feature of the open access movement is that it’s democratized the act of reading a scholarly paper: you don’t need a subscription or an academic appointment, just access to a computer and a web browser.But perhaps the OA folks have overly

Around the Blogs at The Molecular Biology Blog : Three story highlights from related blogs:All Graduate Student Supervisors Take Note “This lovely piece has been circulating of late, but Sonke has been kind enough to allow the SCQ to present his “Advice for Potential Graduate Students” as

Cancer Research Blog Carnival #16 at Bayblab : Welcome to the 16th Edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival, the monthly carnival of cancer-related blogging. This month's edition has a healthy dose of cancer stem cell news, and we'll kick it off right here at the Bayblab with a post from Rob on that

03:53
When Capitalism Fails at Backreaction

Deepak Singh: “Science Big. Science Connected.”Deepak Singh’s talk at Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityBarack Obama? Yeah, sure“A Florida congresswoman was so determined not to be punked that she hung up on the president-elect.

Biweekly links for 12/05/2008 at Michael Nielsen : Deepak Singh: “Science Big. Science Connected.”Deepak Singh’s talk at Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityBarack Obama? Yeah, sure“A Florida congresswoman was so determined not to be punked that she hung up on the president-elect.

03:18
ouroboros at Ouroboros

The sixth installation of Hourglass, a monthly blog carnival devoted to the biology of aging, will return home to Ouroboros on December 9th. We are soliciting entries in the general subject area of aging and biogerontology:Topics of posts should have something

Call for entries: Hourglass biology of aging carnival at Terra Sigillata : As I sang the praises the other day about Chris Patil's contributions to a recent PLoS biology paper and in launching the Hourglass blog carnival, I wanted to post the call for submissions:Hi all --I just posted the call for submissions for Hourglass V, the

03:05
Happy People Make Good Neighbors at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Here’s some news to warm the cockles of your heart ahead of the weekend: Happiness really does appear to be contagious. Getty ImagesHang around happy people and put on a happy face.Researchers looked at the social networks of more than 4,700 people whose

Want to be Happy? Be Around Happy People at Al Fin : Peoples happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected. This provides further justification for seeing happiness, like health, as a collective phenomenon. _British Medical JournalA recent BMJ study looked at the "Dynamic Spread of

Happiness is Contagious at The Frontal Cortex : Yawn. Just seeing that word made you more likely to open your mouth in a big inhalation, contort your face and stretch out your arms. In other words, yawning is a contagious experience.Now it turns out that happiness is like a yawn: it easily spreads between

Happiness ripples through social networks at Mind Hacks : This week's British Medical Journal has a wonderful social network study that examined how happiness moved through social networks. It found that even when friends of friends become happy, the effect can ripple through and boost your own contentment.It's a

03:02
Thanks for the memories HM at Mind Hacks

The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

RIP Patient H.M. at Pure Pedantry : Patient H.M. just died:In 1953, he underwent an experimental brain operation in Hartford to correct a seizure disorder, only to emerge from it fundamentally and irreparably changed. He developed a syndrome neurologists call profound amnesia. He had lost the

Seeya H.M.! at Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog : Arguably the most important and certainly the most famous single case study patient in Psychology and Neuroscience passed away on Tuesday December 2nd. H.M. as he was known to probably every student of Psychology can now be revealed as Henry G. Molaison, 82,

H. M. dies after helping build the science of memory at John Hawks Anthropology Weblog : A man known to most psychologists only as H. M. has died. Benedict Carey has the story. After a brain operation to relieve profound seizures, H. M. was left with a complete inability to form new declarative memories. And his condition led to a revolution in

Death of H.M. at Neuroethics & Law Blog : The famous research subject, H.M., has died at age 82. Here is an excerpt from the NYT:In 1953, he underwent an experimental brain operation in Hartford to correct a seizure disorder, only to emerge from it fundamentally and irreparably changed. He developed

We Won't Forget You at The Neurocritic : The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

02:44
Choose Java for Speed at Depth-First

Yesterday's blog about Who says Java is not fast?!? caused quite some feedback (thanx to all commenters!) with several good points. Of course, a table like that in the cinfony paper (see also the comments in the blogs by Noel (the author) and Rich). Many things

Who says Java is not fast?!? at chem-bla-ics : While performance tests actually show that for even core numerical calculations Java is at par with C in terms of speeds, and sometimes even hits Fortran-like speeds, people keep think that Java is not fast. I only invite you to test that yourself.Meanwhile,

Cheminformatics Benchmark Project #1 at chem-bla-ics : Yesterday's blog about Who says Java is not fast?!? caused quite some feedback (thanx to all commenters!) with several good points. Of course, a table like that in the cinfony paper (see also the comments in the blogs by Noel (the author) and Rich). Many things

02:37
Another one bites the dust: CNN axes science team at The Island of Doubt

So last month its was the Forecast Earth gang at the Weather Channel. This week it's the science and technology team at CNN that gets the axe.I know that times are tough all over. I know it's hard to sell ads for science sections and programs. But it sure would

Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry : CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran

Science Is Interested in You at Uncertain Principles : A few days ago, I complained again about the relative lack of science books in the New York Times "Notable Books of 2008" list. Yesterday, one of the big stories was CNN axing its entire science unit, such as it was, which drew comments from lots of blogs (and

02:23
The Buzz: Cincinnati Zoo/Creation Museum Promo Halted at Page 3.14

When the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Genesis and Creation Museum announced a combined admission offer November 30, protest erupted in the blogosphere. "I believe the Cincinnati Zoo has betrayed its mission and its trust in a disgraceful way by

Boo hoo at Pharyngula : We have made Ken Ham very sad. Yay, bonus!"We are disappointed with the zoo's decision and its impact on the families and visitors to the region who would have enjoyed taking advantage of this opportunity to make this a truly memorable Christmas," said Answers

Shame, Shame, Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo at Afarensis : Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo. You can find out why here. The short version is that they have teamed up with the the Creation Museum to create a combo ticket for the holidays. Read the comments on this post...

Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo at Pharyngula : The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Creation Museum have made a joint marketing agreement and are selling "combo tickets" to get into both attractions for one price.The Cincinnati Zoo is promoting an anti-science, anti-education con job run by

Cincy Zoo Ends Promo with Creation Museum at Dispatches from the Culture Wars : The Cincinnati Zoo has pulled out of a promotional deal they had with the Creation Museum in the area. They were offering a 2-for-1 package for those who wanted to go to both the zoo and the creation museum, but caught a huge amount of flak for it from scientists

Victory in Cincinnati? at Pharyngula : We have a couple of comments from people who phoned the Cincinnati Zoo that suggest that the shameful pairing of the zoo with the Creation Museum is going to be revoked. I suspect that this was a case of an overzealous person in the marketing department grabbing

Shame on the Cincinnati Zoo at The Panda's Thumb : The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Creation Museum have made a joint marketing agreement and are selling "combo tickets" to get into both attractions for one price.The Cincinnati Zoo is promoting an anti-science, anti-education con job run by