. . .if you value your productivity.  Fantastic Contraption is an engrossing Flash game in which you use simple tools to accomplish tasks and travel through time (e.g., "Holy crap, it's 4PM!  I've been playing Fantastic Contraption all day?  Where did the time go?").

*Hat tip to Steve Loeffelholz of the SkepTalk mailing list.
An old cartoon, but, tragically, still applicable.
By Tony Auth (4 Aug 2005)
It is only fair that, after taking PZ to task for inaccurately calling the governor of Texas a traitor, that we acknowledge our profound agreement with the sentiments expressed by the PharynguLord in this post.  PZ  stuck to what he knows in his critique inspired by this credulous article, which misidentifies Cochran's co-author Harpending as a geneticist.  Harpending is an anthropologist interested in genetics.   
Drs. Fred Cross and Eric Siggia have produced a steady stream of outstanding systems-level studies of one of the most important biological oscillators: the cell division cycle. I'll have more later today on their fascinating new paper on phase-locking the cell cycle, but in the mean time, check out their recent methods paper, which has some great movies of live-imaged yeast cells doing various cell cycle tricks, visualized with fluorescent proteins:


Down syndrome is one of about twelve identified chromosomal disorders- some of which are caused by additional chromosome, in whole or in part.  With Down syndrome, that extra chromosome is added to the 21st chromosome during fetal development. Down syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21.

Chromosomes are strands that contain DNA and protein which are necessary for cell division and genetic diversity.

Bringing together more than 9.000 geoscientists from all over Europe and the rest of the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, the European Geophysical Union (EGU) annual General Assembly takes place in Vienna this week.
Best-Sellers of a Bygone Era

In times gone by, if a book sold fifty copies, the author was celebrated as a 'best-seller'. Some of the best-selling authors of that era led their readers to the discovery of amazing new facts about the cosmos.  These truly were giants.

Thanks to the devoted work of a few scholars, and the generosity of academic institutes, some of these books can now reach the global audience that they so richly deserve.

From the Vienna University web site:
sierra leoneIn Sierra Leone mothers use caustic soda to home-make soap, and children often exchange it for water and drink it. During 2008 alone, 249 children have been admitted in the surgical pediatric unit of the Emergency center in Goderich, near Freetown - a number twice higher than that recorded in 2007.

Patients who ingested caustic soda are subjected to periodic esophageal dilatation, which is the only way to give them the hope of autonomous nutrition and thus a life.

See this on Earth Day!
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Credit: Timothy Newhouse, Chad A. Lewis and Phil S. Baran.[1]

And see it any day on Earth. Kapakahines B and F are both awesome in the eye of some of us. They are still beautiful for the rest of us because they are promising big things like this one, our planet, Earth.



Scientists have developed new technology connecting social media and the hydration needs of plants. Miracle grow, rocks - a message from your plant direct to your social media reader. Who knew?

Now if only they could say the police are at the door. In time, my friends, patience is a virtue.