If you're looking for genome news, the Nov. 6 issue of Nature is chock full. A news feature (subscription only) goes after why genome-wide association studies are failing to find genetic variants that explain obviously heritable traits like height or autism:

But between those variants that stick out like a sore thumb, and those common enough to be dredged up by the wide net of GWAS, there is a potential middle ground of variants that are moderately penetrant but are rare enough that they are missed by the net. There's also the possibility that there are many more-frequent variants that have such a low penetrance that GWAS can't statistically link them to a disease.

National Nanotech Conference To Be Held At U of Albany On November 7th


The University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, along with Empire State Science and Technology, will present the “Symposium on the Convergence of Bio/Nanotechnology and Medicine” tomorrow, November 7th, beginning at 8:30 am. The event will be held at the U of Albany Nanotech complex, in the NanoFab 300 South wing until 4:45 pm.


The conference aims to bring together distinguished scientists, physicians, engineers and other individuals in the nanotech sector to discuss the latest and greatest developments in their field, with a focus on nanomedicine and nanoelectronics.

is all over my face when I read the following in an article on UK MSN:

Five-year-old finds dinosaur bone

A five-year-old girl has found fossilised bones from an Ice Age rhinoceros on a day out with her family at a water park.

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A case of bad science awareness among our "meejer", as we call them in England.  A case for a polite feedback letter, if only they gave us the facility.

In case you didn't know it, there's an election happening in America and it hasn't been called or conceded by anyone but only the staunchest Republican could have gone into this expecting a win.  Well, if we get 9 people on the Supreme Court to intervene I suppose anything can happen but there is no normal scenario where Republicans expected a win.
If you've already voted here in the US, or if you're not from the US and just burned out on US politics, here's a distraction:

Basic Books' Feynman extravaganza - all of their products (of course), but also some great reminiscences, interviews, videos, and links. If you can't get enough of Feynman, the scientist par excellence, this site is a good place to start.

Letter* published in Nature Geoscience concluded at last: Overall, despite the paucity of observations, we find that human-induced warming is detectable in both these regions of high vulnerability to climate change.

Industry-funded medical research - is it hopelessly biased or does it meet higher standards than academic research does?

John Tierney points to a new study from the International Journal of Obesity that finds industry-sponsored research in obesity tends to meet higher standards for data reporting than academic studies do.

But what does this mean? Does this study refute previous claims of industry bias? Does it mean academic clinical research is inherently of lower quality? Do we need to fund fewer academic scientists and more industrial ones?
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Change happens. People can sense change but science can measure it and might be able to predict its future. A scientific model would be a beautiful help for us to understand the behavior of both the global economy and the Earth's climate. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has been developing the WEM-ECO model for that purpose.* This model is certainly a beauty resulting from the dreams of our humanity.

Consistent with their position that greenhouse gas emissions are causing global warming, the Royal Society (United Kingdom) is soliciting submissions to "moderate climate change by deliberate large-scale intervention in the working of the Earth's natural climate system." http://royalsociety.org/downloaddoc.asp?id=5845