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NPR:

Bored? Try Doodling To Keep The Brain On Task.  And here I got soundly rated by teachers for doodling in class ... seems it was more a commentary on their delivery and subject matter, than my distraction.

03/12/09 • 10:19 AM • ArtsChildhoodPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Telegraph.UK:

Caravaggio used ‘photography’ to create dramatic masterpieces.  I remain a skeptic until something more than circumstantial evidence is brought forth.

03/11/09 • 11:03 AM • ArtsHistoryPhotographyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Bill protects ‘controversial science’ teaching.  “The measure (SB433) ‘just asks that if there’s a controversial scientific theory being presented, that a teacher can’t be reprimanded or fired or downgraded or any way harmed if the teacher happens to mention that there are other theories of controversial scientific nature, to include biological evolution, human cloning, global warming, you name a dozen different things.’”  My italics.  Hopefully the legal definition of what constitutes a ‘mention’ doesn’t include “If you mention Darwin one more time, you’ll burn in hell, kid.”

Once again, ‘teaching the controversy’ isn’t for children.  Controversy for scholars. Currently-accepted theories trickle down to youth, after being fought over in the peer-reviewed journals and institutions of higher learning.  Hard enough to get kids to remember one concept these days.

03/04/09 • 03:22 PM • ReligionScholarlyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Times Online.UK:

Common chemical found to block HIV in monkeys.  “GML exists naturally in the human body and is already licensed for use in cosmetics and toiletries and as an emulsifier in foods. Each dose of GML used in the experiment cost less than a penny.”

03/04/09 • 02:55 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK:

Children who spend hours in front of the TV are more likely to get asthma.  My theory is, it’s not the TV.  It’s the dusty carpeting they’re sitting on, rolling around on.  Another hypothesis to be tested.

03/03/09 • 11:34 AM • ChildhoodScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wired:

Dial H for Happiness: How Neuroengineering May Change Your Brain.  “The mind could be that little spark of consciousness that is floating around, guiding your direction and attention and desires and thoughts. Something that recruits different parts of the brain ... What is that little floating entity that uses the brain?”

03/03/09 • 11:31 AM • ComputingScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC:

Vatican hosts Darwin conference.  For those truly interested, I find this to be a help.  Note that a fundamentalist approach is considered “intellectual suicide” by these authors (the current Pope was, from my understanding, one of the authors).

03/03/09 • 10:46 AM • ReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist:

Time to acknowledge science’s debt to Islam?  They didn’t just ‘save a few books.’

02/27/09 • 11:25 AM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

LANL reports ‘material control’ errors.  TA-55’s had some problems, lately.

02/27/09 • 10:55 AM • EnvironmentalHealthPoliticsSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC News:

‘Oldest English words’ identified.  I would have put my bets on “uh”.

02/26/09 • 09:54 AM • HistoryScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN:

Galaxy may be full of ‘Earths,’ alien life.  Yeah, well, don’t go findin’ no Reavers, now.

02/25/09 • 10:48 AM • Science • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dr. Weil:

The most ridiculous drug of all?

02/19/09 • 11:48 AM • ConsumptionHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

KXnet.com:

“The [North Dakota] House voted 51-41 this afternoon to declare that a fertilized egg has all the rights of any person.”  Which means, if you know human physiology, that anyone having unprotected sex can be prosecuted for murder.  This is completely and utterly idiotic.  Fertilized eggs are not guaranteed to implant ... the older a woman gets, the more fertilized eggs spent per successful implantation.  Approaching 40, when egg quality significantly declines, I’ve seen stats that nine or more fertilized eggs can pass through the uterus before one implants.  That’s a lot of ‘murder’, for benighted medievalists such as those in North Dakota. 

I’d say it was obvious these legislators never consulted a gynecologist or fertility specialist.

02/18/09 • 03:29 PM • HealthHuman RightsLawPoliticsScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CJR:

Science Journalism Growing Overseas; AAAS meeting highlights dwindling American coverage.

02/17/09 • 01:57 PM • NewsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK:

Treasure raiders scooping up UK heritage.  Ebay seems to be making it easier to fence British history.

02/16/09 • 12:29 PM • ConsumptionHistoryInternetScienceSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC:

How to build a star on earth.  Not even a sniff of Tokamac mentioned.

02/16/09 • 12:26 PM • Science • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

American Scientist:

Modern immunology plus historic experiments suggest a better way to gear up the human immune system to battle malignant disease.

02/13/09 • 03:04 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Times Online.UK:

Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin.  Old news, really.  This conclusion has been talked of in backchannels for at least three decades.  As opposed to blinkered literalists, the Vatican is okay with Darwin, as long as you don’t go touching God as sole Creator.

02/11/09 • 11:53 AM • ReligionScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BionomicFuel.com:

Scientists Confirm Algae Is the Most Effective Alternative Energy Source. Yep, algae grows on you.

02/05/09 • 05:38 PM • EnvironmentalScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SignOnSanDiego:

A mammoth discovery - skull, tusk and foot bones found at future site of law school in East Village.  Oh, tusk, tusk, tusk.  East Village San Diego, not Manhattan.  Any news source with national coverage should know to differentiate such things in their RSS feed.

02/05/09 • 12:15 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Review of Books:

Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption.  “One clue was provided six years ago by four researchers who, using the Freedom of Information Act, obtained FDA reviews of every placebo-controlled clinical trial submitted for initial approval of the six most widely used antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor. They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance.” My italics.

02/05/09 • 10:58 AM • HealthLawScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters:

Inheritance goes beyond the classic genetic theories.

02/03/09 • 06:55 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

cbc.ca:

Brain simulates actions in stories as a person reads: study.  Read your way to a physical skill?  Perhaps.

02/02/09 • 11:56 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

LANL warns employees, visitors of possible beryllium exposure.  Pretty nasty stuff.

01/29/09 • 02:42 PM • HealthSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SignOnSanDiego:

Speaking with your hands helps you think and learn, too.  My late grandmother was one of those people who, if you tied her hands, she’d be unable to put two words together.

01/28/09 • 12:39 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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