Archive for the 'Science' Category

Swine Flu Roundup

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Health Care, Science, The World

There’s been a lot of talk about this little virus the past couple days, so I figured it might be helpful to connect everybody with some more stories that could help you sort the wheat from the chaff. And away we go… Officials in Mexico are scrambling to find the source of the infection, and […]

April 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Are Corporate Pig Farms Linked To Swine Flu?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Health Care, Science, The World

A Smithfield Foods farm could be linked to the outbreak. Grist has more… Is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer and hog producer, linked to the outbreak? Smithfield operates massive hog-raising operations Perote, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz, where the outbreak originated. The operations, grouped under a Smithfield subsidiary called Granjas Carroll, […]

April 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Obama Shook Hands With Man Who Died From Swine Flu?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Health Care, Mexico, Obama, Science

The news about the flu is scary enough, but to think that the leader of the free world may have been exposed to this newly mutated virus is disturbing. To be clear, this hasn’t been confirmed and the man in the picture isn’t the one who died, but that is the same museum Obama was […]

April 25th, 2009 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Mind Tweets

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Science, Technology, Tweets

O.k., this story is just cool: Earlier this month, Wilson thought of a tweet (the name for a post to the social networking site) and poof, his computer read his mind and sent the darn thing. At just 23 characters, Wilson’s message, “using EEG to send tweet,” was done with a computer setup that interprets […]

April 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Who Needs Self Control?

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Culture, Science

Next time you finish off a box of cookies or a whole pie, despite having controlled yourself all day, don’t blame yourself. Blame human nature. In the latest issue of the journal Psychological Science, the researchers taunted subjects with the story of a waiter who was surrounded by gourmet food but not allowed a taste. […]

April 10th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Global Warming Killed 90% of Life on Earth?

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Environment, Science

Could be true. Mounting evidence suggests a supervolcano located in modern-day Siberia may have killed 90% of life on Earth by wrecking havoc on the planet’s climate. The event happened 250 million years ago at the end of the Permian era. The theory is the supervolcano’s magmas intruded on massive coal fields and turned the […]

February 4th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Stem Cells Reverse Multiple Sclerosis?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Science

Yes. If we catch MS earlier, it may be reversible. From New Scientist: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the fatty myelin sheath that wraps around nerve cells and speeds up their rate of transmission comes under attack from the body’s own defences. [...] For the first time, some of the disability associated […]

January 31st, 2009 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Is “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Gone? Obama Says Yes

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Blogging, Military, Science, Sexuality, Video

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers a lot of questions for the transition. Definitely try to watch them all. However, check out the last question/answer around 4:15 of this video. All I can say is…it’s about time. I’ve never understood the claim that somebody disclosing their sexuality would destroy troop morale, especially when it has been […]

January 10th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Ever Want To Control Things With Your Mind?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Science, Technology, Video

Watch this… Spooky, but I totally want one. (h/t: TechCrunch) Tweet

January 8th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

New Study: Virginity Pledges Don’t Work

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Science, Sexuality

A new study published in Pediatrics has found that those who take virginity pledges are just as likely to have sex as their non-pledging peers and are more likely not to use birth control. Instead of comparing pledge-takers with the general teenage population, this new study used a refined methodology that controlled for the likelihood […]

December 29th, 2008 | Permalink| 5 Comments »