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July 29, 2014

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2:00 AM | Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh
Declan Waugh is a self-proclaimed “scientist and fluoride researcher” who seems to spend all his time misrepresenting and distorting  scientific literature and health data to promote his anti-fluoride cause. Waugh has an avid following, among fellow anti-fluoride activists and propagandists. The … Continue reading →
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12:51 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Cartilage!
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July 27, 2014

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11:00 PM | Zum 264. Todestag
Heute vor 263 Jahren starb Johann Sebastian Bach und warum er unsterblich ist, kann man an der gestrigen Sonntagsklassik erlauschen. Ein Ständchen soll es, wie könnte es passender sein, Präludium und Fuge auf der Orgel, für ihn geben, komponiert von Liszt:

July 26, 2014

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11:35 PM | I am still waiting for my cheque
I have often said I wonder how some of the anti-science propagandists sleep straight in their beds at night. Lately this refers to various members of the local anti-fluoridation movement and their claims. Pity I am not the litigious sort – there … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Morgen wird an Bach zu denken sein und gehört haben wir ihn auch schon ein Weilchen nicht mehr, dem ich nun rasch abhelfen möchte, indem ich Bach sich selbst gegenüberstelle: zwei seiner bekanntesten Orgelwerke, die brausen und dröhnen und mit dem hallenden Echo einer Kirche Ehrfurcht und wohligen Schauder erzeugen…

July 25, 2014

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4:35 PM | I like this hypothesis
But we have to be clear that it is only a hypothesis at this point. I was reading about domestication syndrome (DS) — selecting animals for domestication has a whole collection of secondary traits that come along for the ride, in addition to tameness. We are selecting for animals that tolerate the presence of humans,…
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11:58 AM | Friday Cephalopod: Not a bird with a curved beak, or a curvy flower
But still curvy.

July 24, 2014

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4:00 PM | Neuroparasiten – sind sie schon in Dir?
Wer erinnert sich noch an den Kleinen Leberegel (Dicrocoelium dendriticum) aus dem Bio-Unterricht? An diese fast unglaubliche, gruselige Geschichte von einem kleinen Wurm, der über zwei Zwischenwirte, Schnecke und Ameise, von Endwirt zu Endwirt (z.B. Kühe oder Schafe) reist, unter anderem, indem er in das „Hirn“ der Ameise eindringt und deren Verhalten kontrolliert, so daß…
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2:12 AM | An answer to the anti-fluoride critics – in one image
Click image to enlarge.  The chemical website Compound Interest, is producing a series of infograms to communicate some chemistry.  Here is an excellent one they produced on fluoride. I think it would make a great poster. It is accompanied by … Continue reading →

July 23, 2014

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8:48 PM | Tres tragedias del VIH
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 23 de julio  de 2014Hay días en que ser optimista es muy difícil. Tres desalentadoras noticias nos llegan sobre la pandemia de VIH/sida.La más sonada es la más reciente: el pasado jueves 17 de julio, como es bien sabido, un avión de Malaysia Airlines fue derribado al este de Ucrania, al parecer por un misil lanzado […]
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4:41 PM | They don’t understand allometry!
I think the engineers are just trying to wind me up, again. Joe Felsenstein tackles a paper published in an applied physics journal that redefines evolution and tries to claim that changes in aircraft design are a good model for evolution. It’s a terrible premise, but also, the execution is awful. But permit me a…

July 22, 2014

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12:37 PM | Biology is a hard problem
New genetic disorders pop up all the time — each one represents a child who may face incredible challenges, or even be doomed to death. A child named Bertrand exhibited some serious symptoms — profound developmental disabilities — shortly after he was born, and no one could figure out what was wrong with him. So…
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1:11 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Cruel flower
This flower, over many generations, has warped the poor buff-tail sicklebilled hummingbird’s beak into that bizarre curve.

July 21, 2014

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2:50 AM | Some answers to the confusion about the #MH17 crash site
Given my comments yesterday (see Making political capital out of the deaths of innocents) I thought it worth sharing this video. It is of a press conference in Donetsk given by  Alexander Borodai, one of the leaders of the anti-Kiev forces in eastern … Continue reading →
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12:11 AM | El conocimiento bíblico – Sam Harris
No hay una sola línea en la Biblia o el Corán que no haya podido ser escrita por una persona del Siglo

July 20, 2014

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10:00 PM | Informed parents know water fluoridation is good for their children
Paul Connett is at it again. His latest project is aimed at manipulating the natural concern parents have for their children. He is using crude fear-mongering in the hope of getting parents to come out against community water fluoridation (CWF) – … Continue reading →
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2:22 PM | A Map of Hindu, Buddhist Temples, Sikh Gurdwaras in Germany
As Germany is a rather wealthy country, offering comparable high levels of existential security to its inhabitants, secularization and the subsequent, inevitable decline of birth rates below replacement levels has been taking place for decades. But at the same time, the religiously devout tend to have more children and immigrants are bringing their religious traditions, leading to a process of religious pluralization. Thus, even after reunification, more than two-thirds of the German population […]
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2:15 AM | Making political capital out of the deaths of innocents
Abby Martin’s Statement on Downed Malaysian Plane & State Sponsored Militias  I have been absolutely disgusted with the contradictory information coming out about the crash of the Malaysian airline in Eastern Ukraine. And with the way politicians have used it to … Continue reading →

July 19, 2014

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11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Es ist Hochsommer, Ventilatoren summen, wo es dafür selbst Fliegen zu heiß ist, ermattet konsumiert man Fruchtcocktails und allerorten riecht es entweder nach Grillgut oder Kokosaroma (oder beidem). Wer nun versteht, warum ich das für einen idealen Zeitpunkt zum Vorführen von Totenmessen halte, ist mir Schwester oder Bruder im Geiste…
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4:09 AM | De politiek van zwarte piet
Closer Blog: De uitspraak in de zaak van zwarte piet is verheugend, teleurstellend en meten met twee maten. Read more: De politiek van zwarte piet

July 18, 2014

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11:53 AM | Friday Cephalopod: You don’t need knees to be mobile
I’m suddenly seeing more to admire in the beautiful octopus.
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2:16 AM | Elected officials must ignore activists and listen to own voters
A recent US blog article made some very pertinent points about the role of elected officials, such a local body councillors, on important social health issues like fluoridation.  These officials have a responsibilty to avoid pressure from misinfomred activists and … Continue reading →

July 17, 2014

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7:39 PM | I wonder why women find themselves discouraged from pursuing science careers?
In case you hadn’t heard yet, Science magazine is making a play to reach the supermarket checkout aisle and tabloid market, with exciting new covers featuring sexy womanly body parts and leaving out pointless details like their faces. I don’t know, they could have taken it a step further and featured dramatically posed dead sexy…
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4:00 PM | Kann man damit auch verlorenen Verstand aufspüren?
Fake-Detektoren, also Geräte, die mit geheimer Technik oder durch die übersinnlichen Kräfte ihres Bedieners angeblich irgendwie irgendetwas aufspüren können, gehören gleichermaßen aber aus unterschiedlichen Gründen zu Pseudowissenschaftlers wie Skeptikers Lieblingen. Dabei gibt es Unmengen verschiedene solcher „Detektoren“, darunter natürlich die gute alte Wünschelrute aber auch so erstaunliche Verfahren wie die […]
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1:12 PM | Quote-mined by Casey Luskin!
Once again, Casey Luskin demonstrates that he’s a biological ignoramus. He is much buoyed by a science report that chloroquinone resistance in the malaria parasite requires two mutations, claims that Michael Behe has been vindicated because that’s exactly what he said, and demands an apology from all of Behe’s critics. Will Ken Miller, Jerry Coyne,…

July 16, 2014

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7:29 PM | Las redes del mundo real
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 16 de julio  de 2014La semana pasada escribí aquí sobre la economía como ciencia, y señalé que, aunque tiene grandes diferencias con las ciencias naturales, no por ello deja de ser una disciplina seria que produce conocimiento útil.Mencioné que los sistemas que estudia la economía son […]
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11:04 AM | Botanical Wednesday: Kiss, kiss
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July 15, 2014

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11:17 AM | The Lyon hypothesis, nicely illustrated
Dang, I teach all this stuff about genes and chromosomes and epigenetics, but I don’t have the advantage of giant floating holographic molecules floating around me. Maybe I’ll have to steal this for my classes. Although it could use some discussion of Blaschko’s lines, to explain why you get a stripey pattern rather than just…

July 14, 2014

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10:07 PM | The irony of some peer-review and citation complaints
Anti-fluoridation propagandists and other promoters of pseudoscience have a sort of “love-hate” attitude towards science and the scientific literature. On the one hand they love to cite scientific papers they claim support their message. Very often the citation is completely … Continue reading →
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12:41 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Respect for the nematomorph
There’s a new vampire series on FX by Guillermo Del Toro, The Strain. I haven’t seen it — I don’t get that channel — but I’ve read the book, which I found interesting for making vampires utterly disgusting, and also for stealing biological analogues for the infection (alas, I thought the story started very well…
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