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Hard to know what to say about the torture report so leave it to Tom Tomorrow
The release of the summary of the torture report more or less tells us something most people already knew, so it's hard to know how to respond or comment. ...
5 hours ago from The Phytophactor
In the matter of Walter Lewin, MIT goes medieval
By now most people must have heard the unpleasant news that Walter Lewin, the beloved and world-renowned physics teacher at MIT whose legendary video lect...
21 hours ago from The Curious Wavefunction
One ring to bind them all: things you might not know about benzene
Space filling model. c. Michelle FranclNext year is the 150th anniversary of Kekulé's paper proposing the cyclic nature of the benzene 'nucleus.' and the ...
21 hours ago from The Culture of Chemistry
*Guinea pig mange mite *Trixacarus caviae*, from here.* *Belongs within:* Analgoidea. *Contains:* Teinocoptinae. The Sarcoptoidea are a group of mites tha...
1 day ago from Variety of Life
Return home from SciAm Blogs
Greetings and welcome to this particular pond of microbes. I'm back! My wonderful time at Scientific American at The Ocelloid has come to a close, as I am ...
2 days ago from Skeptic Wonder
New York governor must decide today about law that protects doctors offering bogus treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is carried by tiny ticks; lower right above. On Monday, the day this article appears, New York will get a new law that protects doctors who off...
3 days ago from Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience
The Little Tike that is Tychus
*Male (left) and female of *Tychus niger*, copyright Lech Borowiec.* Another brief beetle post for today. The species in the image above is the type speci...
3 days ago from Catalogue of Organisms
My New Magnets
There are two other issues that I see with the scientific name. Can anyone else find them? Add your thoughts in the comments section. This was part of my ...
1 week ago from Moss Plants and More
Rape Culture and Parenting
Enough with the rape threats already. As the father of a pre-teen I have concerns about the internet and online trolling/cyber-bullying. Well those birds ha...
1 week ago from Angry by Choice
How to evolve intelligence in 7 easy steps
The September issue of Scientific American is about human evolution. It includes articles by Frans de Waal, Gary Stix, John Hawks, and others. And this one...
1 week ago from Pleiotropy
When and why the coffee spills
http://t.co/fBhTs48KG4 the #physics of spilling and walking with #coffee *How do we spill coffee?* (a) Either by accelerating too much for a given coffee ...
1 week ago from Doc Madhattan
Do chromosomal proteins on 'donor' DNA affect transformation?
I've started polishing my not-quite-good-enough CIHR proposal for what's called the 'Transitional Open Operating Grant Program' competition. This is the l...
1 week ago from RRResearch
Systematics of Putative Euparkeriids from the Triassic of China
*Sookias, R. B., Sullivan, C., Liu, J., and R. J. Butler. 2014. Systematics of putative euparkeriids (Diapsida: Archosauriformes) from the Triassic of Chin...
3 weeks ago from Chinleana
Information and Structure in Complex Systems
Eight years ago, I had finished my first year of graduate school in math, and I was at a loss as to what to research. My original focus, differential geom...
1 month ago from PLEKTIX
Re-Blog: June Was 6th Warmest Globally
In the UK, we've been rather lucky *touch wood* and had a rather lovely summer thus far. But, it seems that there's a darker side to this lovely weather......
5 months ago from The View from a Microbiologist
Geology and Generals: How Geology influenced the Gettysburg Campaign (Part I.)
“*Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your vic...
5 months ago from History of Geology
A number of non-native English speakers get "Singaporean" as the top guess for their native language. You can actually see that by playing around in our di...
5 months ago from Games with Words
Finding a new translation factor, and verifying it with help from my experimental friends
Joy of joys my most recent paper has just been published in Nucleic Acids Research! Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print] Evolutionary and ...
2 years ago from Protein Evolution and Other Musings
Goodbye FoS, thanks for all the laughs
Moving house again… Well almost, moving addresses anyway. It wasn’t that long ago I moved from Disease of the Week to here at Disease Prone to take advanta...
3 years ago from Disease Prone