links for 2010-07-29

Danger in School Labs: Accidents Haunt Experimental Science: Scientific American "Change will come, Kaufman believes, only when a “culture of safety” akin to that widely cultivated in industry permeates universities and when lab chiefs are held responsible for everyone knowing and following accepted safety practices." And now what happens with safety when you don't even […]

links for 2010-07-28

In praise of the somewhat shambolic – Not ranting… honestly Blog | Nature Publishing Group "The Scienceblogs saga continues to rumble on, with more people quitting – the departure of Bora Zivkovic making perhaps the biggest ripples in this latest group – and now PZ Myers going on strike (see some discussion in the comments […]

links for 2010-07-19

ScienceShot: How to Make an Egg – ScienceNOW "The research, says the team, could someday help scientists grow other types of crystals, such as those needed to house quantum computers or superconducting materials." Another protein as seed for crystal. Might the same be happening in mollusks? (tags: biology chemistry cool eggs chicken protein chrystals structure […]

links for 2010-07-16

Engineered bacterial communication prevents Vibrio cholerae virulence in an infant mouse model — PNAS "This finding points to an easily administered and inexpensive approach where commensal bacteria are engineered to communicate with invasive species and potentially prevent human disease." Engineered probiotics – also protecting? Cool. (tags: probiotics biology medicine virology disease microbiology bacteria virus molecularist) […]

links for 2010-07-09

Cold War redux: US, Russia swap 14 spies in Vienna – Boston.com Ah, the good old days, when we had a certain enemy we could negotiate with and fight. (tags: spy russia soviet coldwar politics espionage usa)

links for 2010-07-08

In ‘Fever,’ examining malaria’s ruthless history – The Boston Globe "The practice of medicine is more than just the application of scientific knowledge. It is also an art and to achieve success doctors and other health workers must be attentive to the personal beliefs, cultural standards, societal and religious norms, emotional states, and educational backgrounds […]

links for 2010-07-06

Personalized Beer Recommendations | Pintley "Pintley is a new kind of beer website—one that only recommends beer you're sure to love. Unlike other beer sites, Pintley doesn't just know beer; it also knows you. Pintley learns from your ratings and tasting notes to understand exactly what pleases your palate the most, so you can be […]