Science & Society

Thanks to the delayed appearance of Scientific Blogging contributor Garth Sundem on CBS's The Early Show1, I wound up DVRing a whole week of episodes.  This morning, I fast forwarded today's show and learned two things (actually I learned2 a lot more than two things, but that will have to wait).  First, if you are a young woman and have consumed to much alcohol, it is not your fault.  It is Sex and the City's fault.  They made drinking look too cool3.  Second, it is not your fault, because you don't have alcohol dehydrogenase (enzyme that processes alcohol in the liver), at least according to medical correspondent (and birthday girl) Dr.
Why do we ask questions?  We ask questions to learn something.  That something could be a piece of knowledge, an opinion, or to determine whether someone else has a piece of knowledge.

At the Miss USA Pageant when judge and gossip columnist Perez Hilton asked Miss California, Carrie
, a question that sounded like it was trying to learn her opinion, but was apparently about determining if she had a piece of knowledge.

Did Ms. Prejean think same-sex marriages should be legal in all
Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986, turns 100 years old today: she was born on April 22nd, 1909 -before World War I had begun!

"Ok," you might say, "she's probably bedridden and demented by now."  Not in the least. She is in full possession of all her wits, is a very active Senator, and has declared a few days ago that her brain works better now than it did when she was 20, because of her experience. I bet she is not kidding.
At the European Geophysical Union EGU, Jochen Zschau from GeoForschungZentrum GFZ in Germany presented his Sergey Soloviev medal lecture, Meeting the Challenge of Earthquake Risk Globalisation: Towards the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) on the first day of this huge gathering of geoscientific expertice.

Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah

Apr 21 2009 | 0 comment(s)

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Although Holocaust Remembrance Day officially commemorates the approximately 6 million Jews that died during the Holocaust and Jewish resistance, I agree with Evan Bernstein of The Rogues Gallery and The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe that this is a good day to remember all the genocides that have occurred during the ever-so-bloody 20th century.  Piero Scaruffi sums up the sordid history on his website
There are a lot of biologists out there with physics and engineering envy, and it shows in the occasional awkward and sometimes downright ridiculous borrowing of terminology.

Take the term 'integrated circuit' for example. The term refers to putting the components of an electrical circuit on a chip, made of the same material as the circuit components. The reason is this:
Just in case you didn't know, Scientific Blogging geek fave Garth Sundem will make a guest appearance on The Early Show (your local CBS channel) tomorrow AM, in promotion of his new book.    How will he wow the world this time?   I don't want to give anything away but he wrote about it here.  

My big question; will Julie Chen shamelessly flirt with him the way Diane Sawyer did on Good Morning America?    We'll have to see.   I will try to snatch a fair use clip and put it here.   
An old cartoon, but, tragically, still applicable.
By Tony Auth (4 Aug 2005)
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.
It is said that people go into psychology to understand themselves...well, one of my main reasons why I went into genetics was to prove that I was not related to my family. That, of course, didn't happen - The Addams Family is a more functional collection of misfits than my assortment of relatives, but now I may have a second option. Maybe I can sue my parents for the genetic material that they gave me.