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Macs in Bioinformatics

We’re interested in bioinformatics as one of the fields that our son Sean may pursue in college, so it was interesting to see this article about the use of Macs and XServes in the field. A Perfect X, by John Russell for Bio-IT World, is packed with the usual dumb shots at “fanatical Mac users” […]

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A common assertion from the “intelligent design” crowd (that is, people who can’t imagine or understand the concept of evolution, so they have to fall back on God. They used to be called creationists, but after legal failures, they realized that wasn’t working for them, and came up with the intelligent design scam.) is that […]

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Return of Brush with Geeky Greatness

Well, it’s been the year for us to meet geeky television personalities. A while back, we posted about meeting Alton Brown, of Food Network’s Good Eats. Yesterday, Dori and I did the radio gig she posted about below, and as we were driving back home, we decided to stop at the Corte Madera mall to […]

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Nuclear Microbatteries

Here’s a really interesting article in IEEE Spectrum about nuclear microbatteries, which use tiny amounts of radioisotopes, in amounts too small to be dangerous, in order to power microscale generators. The article envisions using these microbatteries to trickle charge your cellphone or PDA battery so that it only needs a full recharge once a month. […]

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Thanks, Neil and Buzz

The 35th anniversary of the first lunar landing just passed (obligatory note of the national shame that we haven’t been back), and here is a cool story about The Most Important Thing Armstrong and Aldrin Left on the Moon. It’s an experiment that’s still running, still providing science data. Thanks, Neil and Buzz, and thanks […]

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Human cloning arrives

This story, Scientists Claim Cloning Success, shows how foolish and ineffective the Bush administration’s attempted slowdown of cloning research has been. South Korean researchers have sucessfully cloned human embryos and extracted a new line of stem cells for research into disease. This demonstrates that the moralists who are running the US government’s efforts to stop […]

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Calling statistics geeks!

Attention statistics geeks: In this political season, we’re all seeing lots of polls, and they all have a reported margin of error (MOE). Now, I think that I understand what that means. But let’s look at some numbers reported today from the LA Times Iowa poll: Dean 30Gephardt 23Kerry 18Edwards 11 The reported MOE is […]

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