Lab coat idol

I’ve written before that teaching good science is really my utmost concern. This gets to the heart of the anti-evolution movement, the AIDS denialists, the vaccine/autism “controversy”, the abortion-breast cancer “connection”, and probably a dozen other topics in science that are largely misunderstood by the general public. Having a population better educated in science, who […]

Happy Darwin Day!

As PZ mentioned, today would be Charles Darwin’s 197th birthday. To celebrate, Mike over at The Questionable Authority is putting together a mini-carnival of posts on evolution. Specifically, he asked how those of us who are scientists use evolutionary theory in our work. Personally, I’m a bit of a hybrid. I’m a microbiologist by training […]

For the Iowa folks…

Just a reminder about this upcoming event at Iowa State University: Why Intelligent Design Is Not Science Robert M. Hazen is the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University, and a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory. He received his M.S. in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, […]

Groundbreaking study every office employee needs to read

(Subtitle: There is no spoon…) Oh, those crazy Aussies. What will they think of next? The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute Objectives To determine the overall rate of loss of workplace teaspoons and whether attrition and displacement are correlated with the relative […]

Berenstain Bears co-creator, Stan Berenstain, dies

Link to CNN story. Stan Berenstain, who with his wife created the popular children’s books about the Berenstain Bears, has died. In more than 200 books, the Berenstain Bears, written and illustrated by Stan and Jan Berenstain, helped children for 40 years cope with trips to the dentist, eating junk food and cleaning their messy […]

“God is to engineering what Michael Brown is to hurricane relief”

That’s my new favorite anti-ID quote, spoken by Mark Blumberg, at the University of Iowa Freethinkers’ panel discussion on intelligent design last evening. Dr. Blumberg was discussing what a piss-poor design the human vertebral column is, and concluded his talk with the comment above. The other speakers, Scott Robinson and Evan Fales, also did a […]

Intelligently designed avian flu?

Ah, how rare is it that my interest in stomping creationists and my interest in infectious disease collide. But I guess that when there’s a topic as hot as avian influenza, it’s inevitable that even the folks at the DI will sit up and take notice, as Casey Luskin has in this post: Avian Flu: […]

Newsflash: people still stupid about STDs

Okay, so it’s just an MSNBC survey (aided by none other than Dr. Ruth), but geez, when will people ever wise up about sex? MSNBC.com and Zogby International asked online readers to share some intimate details about their personal lives, and more than 56,000 adult men and women — one of the largest responses ever […]