Science & Society

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.
Cancer patients can survive longer under treatments based on their individual genetic profiles, according to a nationwide study released jointly today by Phoenix-area healthcare organizations.  The study says that molecular profiling of patients can identify specific treatments for individuals, helping keep their cancer in check for significantly longer periods, and in some cases even shrinking tumors.

Study results were released today at the 100th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Denver by Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, Physician-In-Chief of the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and the study's Principal Investigator.
Alterted by a British blog, I read the following in the New York Post.


A New Frontier for Title IX: Science



Is this for real?
Scientists are experts in specific areas of science.  We've learned so much since the Enlightenment that it is impossible for someone to be an expert in everything, like Robert Hooke.  Gaining that expertise takes a lot of time and energy leaving little time and energy for other things, which means we know a lot about a little and a little about a lot. 
This next in my series on Brain donation is of necessity going to seem partisan as the principal objection to this particular programme cannot help but be critical of the organization that is sponsoring it since the objection in part has to do with the climate of public opinion surrounding autism that has been created by organizations such as autism speaks. I cannot deal with the middle of my three strands of objection - "The ethical implications for the target population in terms of the repercussions in that community" without considering that climate.

To recap the history of autism briefly:
As you can guess, this is not the actual The Reference Frame. ;-)
This short post is my first contribution to ScientificBlogging: with it I am relocating my blog here from wordpress. I am thrilled by the opportunity to join a larger group of excellent science writers, and possibly reach a larger audience interested in particle physics and in my other occasional discussions of chess, politics, astronomy, astrophysics, or the personal notes I sometimes choose  to dump here.