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Entries from March 2010

Blindness and gene therapy

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Toward Making the Blind See: Gene Therapy Restores Vision in Mice ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2010) — Scientists from Buffalo, Cleveland, and Oklahoma City made a huge step toward making the blind see, and they did it by using a form of gene therapy that does not involve the use of modified viruses

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Tags: biology

Younger Dryas cause identified

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Ice Sheet Melt Identified as Trigger of ‘Big Freeze’ ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2010) — The main cause of a rapid global cooling period, known as the Big Freeze or Younger Dryas — which occurred nearly 13,000 years ago — has been identified thanks to the help of an academic at the University of Sheffield.

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Robert Paul Wollf

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Comment on The New Spirit of Capitalism Jim Buck said, March 31, 2010 at 11:32 am http://www.law.upenn.edu/academics/institutes/ilp/200708papers/WolffFutureofSocialism Robert Paul Wolff has a number of interesting books from the seventies, one on the labor theory of value. I converted the file to a text document which you can read here: http://www.redfortyeight.com/2010/03/31/the-future-of-socialism-robert-paul-wollf/

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Design flaws support evolution

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Design flaws support evolution

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Tags: Evolution

Galaxy Zoo project

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Galaxy Zoo 60 Million Giveaway by Galaxy Zoo http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5352 Dear Galaxy Zoo The Galaxy Zoo project (http://www.galaxyzoo.org) is about to achieve something extraordinary – and we want to share the excitement with you, the people that made it possible. The Zoonometer (http://www.galaxyzoo.org/zoonometer) has been steadily ticking away toward our target of 60 million classifications. We […]

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Tags: biology

Stupidity in science geeks

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From dawkins site: http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5343 Rather I was suggesting that science can, in principle, help us understand what we should do and should want—and, perforce, what other people should do and want in order to live the best lives possible. My claim is that there are right and wrong answers to moral questions, just as there […]

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Tags: ethics

Falling cost of genome sequencing

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Is the Genome Sequencing Industry Doomed?

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Adapting to city life

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Common House Ants Form Supercolonies, Prosper in Urban Settings ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2010) — One of the most common house ant species might have been built for living in some of the smallest spaces in a forest, but the ants have found ways to take advantage of the comforts of city living.

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Tags: Evolution

Ancient snakes

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Ancient Snakes Living on Madagascar ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2010) — “Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms,” admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University. “Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting evolutionary story.”

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Fossil flea

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Ancient Fossil Flea-Like Creature: Rare Body Parts Find Provides Vital Clues to Identity ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2010) — A geologist from the University of Leicester is part of a team that has uncovered an ancient water flea-like creature from 425 million years ago

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Tags: Evolution

Reversing memory loss in fruit flies

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Scientists Reverse Alzheimer’s-Like Memory Loss in Fruit Flies ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2010) — By blocking the cellular signaling activity of a protein, a team of neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has prevented memory loss in fruit flies caused by brain plaques similar to those thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

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Tags: biology

Crayfish

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Urine Sprays During Courtship Send Mixed Messages ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2010) — Walking through urine drives crayfish into an aggressive sexual frenzy

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Tags: Evolution

Climate denial kingpins …

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by Greenpeace Wanted: Climate Denial Kingpins and Their Accomplices by Mike Gaworecki You might recall that a couple weeks ago our squad of climate crime scene investigators was on the hunt for a secretive billionaire named David Koch. Well it turns out Koch has accomplices. Lots of them.

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What is the biggest flaw in the labor theory of value?

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

mxmail Some asks….? 1. *Marginal Revolution* 2. *Library of Economics and Liberty * 3. *Aretae * 4. *occasional links & commentary * Nemo: we can pick this up later today!

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The New Spirit of Capitalism

March 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments

mxmail http://www.solidarity-us.org/current/node/2036 Is Anti-Capitalism Enough? The New Crisis & the Left — Howard Brick The New Spirit of Capitalism by Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello translated by Gregory Elliott Verso Books 2006, paperback edition 2007, 656 pages, $39.95. WHETHER OR NOT the current economic crisis and a historic presidential election open up hidden potentials for […]

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Social cost of bad habits

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp The majority of Americans say it is fair to ask people with unhealthy lifestyles to pay more for health insurance. But personal responsibility is a complex notion http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/health/30risk.html

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Review: The Male Brain

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp With The Female Brain, Brizendine was attacked for shoddy science—and her follow-up should receive no less criticism. The author makes vast claims about male biology without really delving into the science, which leaves you with a manual for excusing every crappy thing your man has ever done http://www.newsweek.com/id/235664

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Decoding hyena giggles

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gnxp The giggling sounds of a hyena contain important information about the animal’s status, say scientists http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8593000/8593789.stm

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Slow minds, creative ideas

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp Scans show that people who are better at having new ideas have brains that pass information around more slowly http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527535.500-a-slow-mind-may-nurture-more-creative-ideas.html

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New neurons and addiction

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gnxp Blocking the birth of new neurons helps hook rats on cocaine http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-newborn-neurons-prevent-addiction

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Climate denialism a 20–Year industry

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://solveclimate.com/blog/20100324/greenpeace-says-climate-denialism-20-year-industry Greenpeace Says Climate Denialism a 20–Year Industry Internet, Monckton-Style Deniers Changing the Game, Report Says by Stacy Feldman – Mar 24th, 2010 Current efforts to deny climate science are part of an organized campaign that dates back 20 years, when the fossil fuel industry first formed a lobbying apparatus to stifle action […]

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Let them eat junk

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RG mail http://www.socialistproject.ca/relay/relay29_albritton.pdf Let Them Eat Junk: Capitalism and Food An Interview with Rob Albritton

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Biometric ID

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1974927,00.html Monday, Mar. 29, 2010 Ready for Your Biometric Social Security Card?

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Afghanistan as a Drug War

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Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Afghanistan as a Drug War

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