August 13, 2014

10:00 AM | Kurze Meldung: Forensische Micro-RNA-Analyse im Radio
Eine kurze Meldung aus dem Urlaub: der Deutschlandfunk hat einen kleinen Beitrag über unsere forensische micro-RNA-Analyse im Zusammenhang mit molekularer Ballistik gemacht. Hier geht es zum Beitrag, hier ist der Link für die mp3. Für Interessierte sind hier auch noch mal die Hintergründe zu miRNA, forensischer miRNA-Aanalyse und molekularer Ballistik. So, zurück zum Urlaub
2:54 AM | Open letter to Jane Nielson – a “fluoridation convert.”
Hi Jane, I read your article in the Sonoma County Gazette which was republished at Paul Connett’s Fluoride Alert website – Fluoridation convert. A scientist explains what changed her mind. You briefly described scientific studies which you claim convinced you to take … Continue reading →

August 11, 2014

2:11 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: This is not supposed to be Cute Overload
But Mary tells me I have to post a picture of a British bulldog puppy anyway.
12:45 AM | Accidental Renaissance – or intuition?
Saw this photo on the Guardian – see Accidental Renaissance: the photos that look like Italian paintings. The author says: “Currently doing the rounds on Twitter is the image below, taken from Facebook by artist James Harvey, whose tweet has been shared … Continue reading →

August 10, 2014

11:07 PM | Vida lenta. Espectacular time-lapse submarino
En el video se puede apreciar cómo se manifiesta la vida de un arrecife coralino en time-lapse
9:51 PM | Homeopatía sincera -por obligación-
No me canso de decirlo: la homeopatía es solo agua. O en su variante sólida, la homeopatía no es más que azúcar

August 09, 2014

11:00 PM | Offener Musik-Thread (OMT)
Liebe LeserInnen, da ich die Sonntagsklassik in einen Ruhezustand unbestimmter Länge geschickt habe, möchte ich mit diesem offenen Thread allen, die Lust und Spaß daran haben, über ihre Lieblingsmusik zu plaudern, sie anderen vorzustellen, Tips zu tauschen, über tolle Musik zu fachsimpeln über schlechte Musik zu lästern usf. hier Gelegenheit und Ort geben, das so…
11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik – Ein letztes Mal
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Vor ziemlich genau einem Jahr gab es hier zum ersten und heute gibt es zum (vorerst) letzten Mal die Sonntagsklassik. In diesem Jahr hatte ich (mir) über 50 mal die Gelegenheit (geschaffen), mit Euch meine liebsten klassischen Musikstücke anzuhören und darüber und über Eure eigene Lieblingsmusik zu plaudern und das…

August 08, 2014

3:01 PM | Friday Cephalopod: The ladies are such mysteries
We know a lot about the sexy bits of male cephalopods — ask about hectocotyl arms and spermatophores sometime — but would you be surprised to learn that we don’t know much at all about squid ladybits? Of course you wouldn’t.

August 06, 2014

3:49 PM | Ébola
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 6 de agosto  de 2014Los virus son uno de los grandes enigmas de la biología y la medicina modernas. No porque sean misteriosos, sino porque aún no los conocemos por completo ni los entendemos lo suficiente como para predecir y controlar su comportamiento.Es natural que las noticias de una epidemia de la mortal fiebre hemorrágica […]
2:25 AM | Tactics for science denial

August 04, 2014

2:38 PM | Qué es el Ébola?
El reciente brote de ébola hizo que los ojos del mundo se posaran en África y la amenaza de una posible pandemia
12:49 PM | How we got here
It’s been 25 years since Gould’s Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History crystallized the debate over the importance of contingency in evolution, most famously illustrated by his metaphor of “replaying the tape of life”. If we could roll back the history of life on earth and restart it in the pre-Cambrian,…
11:46 AM | I am relieved that UMM does not have a graduate program
We do, however, require a formal seminar of our biology undergraduates in their senior year. We must make sure none of them ever see this comic!
6:00 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: We’ve got company
We’ve been invaded by a pair of groundhogs who have taken up residence under our deck, and are apparently dining grandly on our weedy overgrown backyard. They’re evasive, though, and I’ve only got this one poor shot of one of them resting in the dappled shade. OK, here’s a clearer shot of what they look…

August 03, 2014

8:25 PM | What are the religious disgusted by?
Religious people often seem to have strong taboos. Think of any religion, and there is usually some proscribed activities or objects, and an emphasis on purity. Maybe religion is connected to a heightened sense of disgust?Uri Berger and David Anaki, at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, were looking to see how one questionnaire often used to measure disgust, the Revised Disgust Scale (DS-R) functioned across a diverse group of Israeli citizens. Most studies in the past have used students (and […]
12:51 AM | Natural News comes out with a load of heavy metal rubbish on flouride
The web site “Natural News” is a prime source of information for alternative and “natural” health enthusiasts. It promotes a lot of misinformation on fluoridation and is often cited by anti-fluoridation propagandists. So – no surprise to see a recent campaign … Continue reading →

August 02, 2014

11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Wenn alles wie geplant verlaufen ist, dann befinde ich mich derzeit sowohl auf Borkum als auch  in urlaubsanfangsbedingter Hochstimmung, die zu teilen und verbreiten ich mir heute als meine Aufgabe des Tages auftrage (und die ich mir trotz dringend nötigen Urlaubs gefallen lasse). Naja und was passt besser zu allgemeiner…
12:38 PM | 2 + 2 = 17, for certain values of 2
A while back, I responded to Behe/Luskin’s claim that his model proving the impossibility of evolution of chloroquinone resistance was vindicated. I pointed out (as did Ken Miller) that showing that a particular trait required multiple point mutations did not affect the probability in the naive way that Behe and Luskin calculated — in particular,…
11:37 AM | The most brilliant business plan ever
Take a look at the kind of profit you can make from various businesses. This is pretty good money. We all know Apple’s business model is to build cool gadgets with high end stuff inside that it then sells at a high markup for premium design and ease of use — they’re at least creating…
10:47 AM | Religion evolves! Baba Brinkman raps about Evolutionary Studies of Religion
Since I decided to enter the realms of science as a youth, I entertained a certain dream: That the field of science I wanted to contribute to shouldn't be confined to secluded specialists, but that it should be discussed in public magazines and at kitchen tables, maybe even edutained and enjoyed in movies and arts. Back then, this has been a rather heretic concept at German universities and I was explicitly warned as a young scholar in Religionswissenschaft (the scientific... Read more
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