Posts

July 24, 2014

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4:23 PM | I Brain You
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9:10 AM | HIV-Killing Condoms: The real story from the dendrimer who knows
  In 2005, an estimated 4.1 million people worldwide were newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (UNAIDS 2006). – Rupp, Rosenthal and Stanberry, 2007 Who am I? My name is SPL 7013. I am the active ingredient in those fancy new “HIV-killing condoms” you’ve been hearing about on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post claimed I could kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. That is not true, for several reasons which I will […]
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9:10 AM | HIV-Killing Condoms: The real story from the dendrimer who knows
  In 2005, an estimated 4.1 million people worldwide were newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (UNAIDS 2006). – Rupp, Rosenthal and Stanberry, 2007 Who am I? My name is SPL 7013. I am the active ingredient in those fancy new “HIV-killing condoms” you’ve been hearing about on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post claimed I could kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. That is not true, for several reasons which I will […]
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9:10 AM | HIV-Killing Condoms: The real story from the dendrimer who knows
  In 2005, an estimated 4.1 million people worldwide were newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (UNAIDS 2006). – Rupp, Rosenthal and Stanberry, 2007 Who am I? My name is SPL 7013. I am the active ingredient in those fancy new “HIV-killing condoms” you’ve been hearing about on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post claimed I could kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. That is not true, for several reasons which I will […]

July 20, 2014

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10:00 AM | This Is NOT a Story about Sniffing Farts for Health
Woe is the reporter who can’t help but make a new scientific paper into a fart joke. But seriously. Was there any reportable science behind headlines of Fart gas may help prevent dementia, heart disease: study and Cancer Risk Reduced by Smelling Farts Study Suggests? Forget farts, those headlines make me sick. A Liberty Voice reporter wrote “[h]ydrogen sulfide was previously considered to be a toxic molecule until more recent research has proved that in small doses it has its... […]
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10:00 AM | This Is NOT a Story about Sniffing Farts for Health
Woe is the reporter who can’t help but make a new scientific paper into a fart joke. But seriously. Was there any reportable science behind headlines of Fart gas may help prevent dementia, heart disease: study and Cancer Risk Reduced by Smelling Farts Study Suggests? Forget farts, those headlines make me sick. A Liberty Voice reporter wrote “[h]ydrogen sulfide was previously considered to be a toxic molecule until more recent research has proved that in small doses it has its... […]
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10:00 AM | This Is NOT a Story about Sniffing Farts for Health
Woe is the reporter who can’t help but make a new scientific paper into a fart joke. But seriously. Was there any reportable science behind headlines of Fart gas may help prevent dementia, heart disease: study and Cancer Risk Reduced by Smelling Farts Study Suggests? Forget farts, those headlines make me sick. A Liberty Voice reporter wrote “[h]ydrogen sulfide was previously considered to be a toxic molecule until more recent research has proved that in small doses it has its... […]

July 19, 2014

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9:00 AM | Flying an Airplane isn’t Rocket Science. Wait…
FromTheLabBench note: My little sister Angie (a to-be undergraduate student at the University of Vermont) recently flew an airplane ALL BY HERSELF. If some of my readers don't know this about me, I am terrified of airplanes. So as soon as I heard she had landed safely, I did the first thing you'd expect me to do. I asked her to write a guest blog post here! “Are you good to go? No questions?” My flight instructor, Ron, asks me... Read more
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9:00 AM | Flying an Airplane isn’t Rocket Science. Wait…
FromTheLabBench note: My little sister Angie (a to-be undergraduate student at the University of Vermont) recently flew an airplane ALL BY HERSELF. If some of my readers don't know this about me, I am terrified of airplanes. So as soon as I heard she had landed safely, I did the first thing you'd expect me to do. I asked her to write a guest blog post here! “Are you good to go? No questions?” My flight instructor, Ron, asks me... Read more
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9:00 AM | Flying an Airplane isn’t Rocket Science. Wait…
FromTheLabBench note: My little sister Angie (a to-be undergraduate student at the University of Vermont) recently flew an airplane ALL BY HERSELF. If some of my readers don't know this about me, I am terrified of airplanes. So as soon as I heard she had landed safely, I did the first thing you'd expect me to do. I asked her to write a guest blog post here! “Are you good to go? No questions?” My flight instructor, Ron, asks me... Read more

July 18, 2014

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4:15 AM | Kevin Orrman-Rossiter Reviews My Manager and Other Animals
Review by Kevin Orrman-Rossiter My Manager and Other Animals By Richard Robinson Author’s Homepage: http://www.richardrobinson.org.uk Antagonistic harmony: the ‘selfish ape’ and the ‘chaotic ant’ The author of this book, Richard Robinson, firstly wants to convince us […]
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4:00 AM | My Manager and Other Animals
By Richard Robinson Synopsis: Deep down, we’re just like animals. Some of us are selfish like apes. Some are chaotic like ants. . . And somehow the two clash and coalesce in ‘antagonistic harmony’. A fascinating […]

July 17, 2014

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9:45 PM | Bend It Like Magnus
It’s World Cup time, and around the world football and soccer fans are lining up to complain about how stupid the word “soccer” is. 31 of the world’s best footballing nations (and England) came to Brazil for a chance at glory and honor in the world’s favorite pastime. While many of the people in the […]

July 11, 2014

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7:28 PM | Humanity on a high
Altitude sickness comes from lack of oxygen in the atmosphere, but lack of oxygen can cause other complications. Despite this, some specific populations across the globe compensate through biochemical specialisations in the way their bodies operate. This is particularly obvious in tribes living the Andes or high up on the Tibetan plateau, some 4000m above […]
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1:46 PM | What scientists do… in summer!
Let’s start with some summer fun for everyone. Here’s what Olaf (a snowman) thought about summer… Have you ever wondered what scientists do in summer? I’ve always loved the idea of summer… Really, I’m guessing you don’t have much experience with breaks, do you? Nope, but I like to close my eyes and imagine all […]
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10:49 AM | Fluffy Friday – Peer Review Rings and MOOCs
You’ll have to forgive the lack of original content in this week’s Fluffy Friday (and lack of content entirely in last week’s). The MOOC launches on Monday at 11 AM and this week has been spent polishing the course and obsessing … Continue reading →

July 10, 2014

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2:40 PM | The Resume of Dr. Roose in the Style of Dr. Seuss
A big part of my job as a postdoc is to find another job. A real job; since all of my current scientific productivity is just ‘training’ within the academic system. Needless to say I spend a lot of time sending out job applications and updating my resume. Listing my technical skills and elaborating on […]

July 09, 2014

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6:37 PM | Statistics Continued
Interestingly enough after last week’s post there is a brilliant article in the BBC magazine about doctors and their understanding of statistics. Gerd Gigerenzer is one of those names in statistics I trust. His discussion of risk is fascinating. Take … Continue reading →

July 04, 2014

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3:53 PM | Independence Day: Red, White and Blue
In celebration of July 4th, this typically green blog is going red, white and blue. Red There are lots of connections between plants and the color red. Roses are red. Plants emit a faint red fluorescent glow, as I wrote about in my previous post. But it isn’t all about plants; there are other photosynthesizers, […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Christopher Potter
Special thanks to Christopher Potter for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – How to Make a Human Being: A Body of Evidence Christopher Potter is the author of two books: How to Make a […]

July 03, 2014

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2:30 AM | Considering the Future of Science Journalism: Killed Darlings
I recently had a Science & Society piece published in EMBO Reports on the explosion of alternative digital forms of science journalism. Science journalism is changing and the opportunities are as great as the pitfalls. Digital technologies, mobile devices and social media platforms are changing the communication landscape, reflecting a deeper, more general cultural shift in news production and consumption. – An Explosion of Alternatives, DOI: 10.15252/embr.201439130 As any writer […]
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2:30 AM | Considering the Future of Science Journalism: Killed Darlings
I recently had a Science & Society piece published in EMBO Reports on the explosion of alternative digital forms of science journalism. Science journalism is changing and the opportunities are as great as the pitfalls. Digital technologies, mobile devices and social media platforms are changing the communication landscape, reflecting a deeper, more general cultural shift in news production and consumption. – An Explosion of Alternatives, DOI: 10.15252/embr.201439130 As any writer […]
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2:30 AM | Considering the Future of Science Journalism: Killed Darlings
I recently had a Science & Society piece published in EMBO Reports on the explosion of alternative digital forms of science journalism. Science journalism is changing and the opportunities are as great as the pitfalls. Digital technologies, mobile devices and social media platforms are changing the communication landscape, reflecting a deeper, more general cultural shift in news production and consumption. – An Explosion of Alternatives, DOI: 10.15252/embr.201439130 As any writer […]

July 02, 2014

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6:29 PM | How To Teach Me Statistics
A few weeks ago I was swearing at my computer and had to go buy a Twix bar from the canteen to calm myself. There was some frantic chocolate scoffing that afternoon. The source of my irritation? Statistics. I am … Continue reading →

June 29, 2014

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8:35 PM | The Facebook Emotion Study in a Broader Context
Another PNAS paper is inciting some controversy, specifically over whether the experimental manipulation involved was ethical. I think there are some legitimate concerns over the ethics of the study, but I think we have to put this study in context of both experimental manipulations that are happening on the web all the time and the specifics of how this study was conducted. Scientists: “Facebook had flawed IRB review process!” Everyone else: “Of course Facebook covertly […]
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8:35 PM | The Facebook Emotion Study in a Broader Context
Another PNAS paper is inciting some controversy, specifically over whether the experimental manipulation involved was ethical. I think there are some legitimate concerns over the ethics of the study, but I think we have to put this study in context of both experimental manipulations that are happening on the web all the time and the specifics of how this study was conducted. Scientists: “Facebook had flawed IRB review process!” Everyone else: “Of course Facebook covertly […]
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8:35 PM | The Facebook Emotion Study in a Broader Context
Another PNAS paper is inciting some controversy, specifically over whether the experimental manipulation involved was ethical. I think there are some legitimate concerns over the ethics of the study, but I think we have to put this study in context of both experimental manipulations that are happening on the web all the time and the specifics of how this study was conducted. Scientists: “Facebook had flawed IRB review process!” Everyone else: “Of course Facebook covertly […]

June 27, 2014

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12:00 PM | Seralini GMO Study Republished
I don’t recall this ever happening before. It probably has, but if so, it’s rare enough that I have never heard about it. The strange odyssey of the paper, Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize, by Seralini et. al., just got stranger. The paper was published in 2012 [...]

June 26, 2014

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3:00 PM | Prosecuting faked HIV vaccine results
Remember this? Wait, what? Faked HIV vaccine results The researcher accused of manipulating his reagents to ‘show his HIV vaccine strategy worked’ admitted he did it: Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to…

June 25, 2014

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5:41 PM | Fifty Thoughts You’ll Have Writing a Grant Proposal
As an early stage researcher, there are a number of thoughts that will cross your mind as you try to write a grant. Allow me to demonstrate. That grant is totally relevant to me! Oh, but the deadline is next … Continue reading →
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