Archive for: January, 2010

Friday Weird Science: Getting carpal tunnel could be more fun than you think

Jan 29 2010 Published by under Friday Weird Science

So after that whole myth about sex in space got thrown around and it turned out to be bunk (well, ok, I'm calling it bunk until I see the report my ownself, and I was SO happy to be able to say "". Blah), I figure I owe you guys some REAL Friday Weird Science. Or at least, a really amusing hypothesis.
Ah, Journal of Medical Hypotheses. Where would we be without the hilarious, half-baked meanderings of people who submit their lightly-supported ideas to a journal with no peer-review?
I would like to dedicate this post to my laboratory manager. She is totally hilarious, and went through some rough surgery for carpal tunnel a few years ago. And now she's going to go through an even MORE rough time as I mock her for the next few years about how she GOT the carpel tunnel. Mwah-ha-ha-ha...
Kudos also go out to NCBI ROFL, who pointed me towards this paper in the first place. What's up, guys. John Zenian. 'The role of sexual intercourse in the etiology of carpal tunnel syndrome' Medical Hypotheses, 2010.

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Jan 28 2010 Published by under Friday Weird Science

Happy Thursday Weird Science. 🙂
Apparently NASA astronauts have undergone secret testing (very secret, I can't get the report, too bad, too) for the examination of sex in space! This could be important for the survival of people in 0G for long periods of time, gotta propagate the species somehow. And Sci thinks it's long past time, I mean, what have all the astronauts been DOING in space all this time?! Playing cards (ok, maybe)?!
You can see the report here. But sadly, it doesn't say WHAT the 10 top positions turned out to be, except that missionary was simply "not possible".
Sci has to think it would be hard to have sex in space when you're specifically testing certain positions and being videotaped for posterity. The only thing that might make it worthwhile would the opportunity to say "" while you do it.
Like this guy:

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I Brake for Open Lab

Jan 27 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Oh Hai,
Is SciCat.
SciCat has announcement.
Sci berreed in Open Lab. Sci so berried she not feed cat. Cat holding Sci hostidge until tuna delivered to specified locationz. Do not calls Poleez. Scicat has clawz.
You were warned,


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Jan 25 2010 Published by under Activism

At SciOnline 2010 this year, I was lucky enough to snag a copy of the new book by Rebecca Skloot, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". I'd been looking forward to reading it for a long time, so I plunked myself down when I got back, and despite some serious other time sinks on my part, managed to blast through it in about three days.
So here we go.

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Friday Weird Science: Duck, duck, penis.

Jan 22 2010 Published by under Friday Weird Science

Sci is going to so some selfish Friday Weird Science today. Selfish, because this article isn't new, and was reported on by one of the GREATS. This guy. He (of course) did a completely brilliant job, and when he talked about it at SciOnline this past weekend, Sci was compelled to go and see the material for herself. And it's something to SEE. And so see it you shall.
The reason this is selfish is because Sci knows it's been reported on before. She wants to do it her ownself, as an excuse to read and understand the paper. And an excuse to giggle about it while she blogs it. There's that, too.
Images below the cut NSFW, especially if you work with ducks. Brennan, Clark, and Prum. "Explosive eversion and functional morphology of the duck penis supports sexual conflict in waterfowl genitalia" Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2009.

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Attractiveness, anger, and warrior princess blondes

Jan 20 2010 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

This post was chosen as an Editor's Selection for
Suffice it to say that
(X + Y+ Z) * (A*B)= This
X = Sci
Y = Cold
Z = Migrain
A = cold medication
B = Migraine medication
This = Annnnnnd WHEEEEEEE!!!!!!
And you know, that's good. That's good because Sci had to go and see THIS first thing in the morning.
Ouchie. First off, Sci has to correct some major misconceptions here on behalf of teh blonde ladiez everywhere (though others have come before me, and verily, they are awesome). And then Sci has to go on a minor rant. Hopefully the cold medications will last that long.
So here we go. Sell, Tooby, and Cosmides. "Formidability and the logic of Human Anger". PNAS, 2009.
First, I'd like to talk about your feelings of anger.

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Research Blogging Awards!

Jan 19 2010 Published by under Synaptic Misfires

As I find out through Nerdy Christie (who appears to know this stuff always before I do), Research Blogging, the website that aggregates posts which blog on peer-reviewed research, is giving out AWARDS! Awards for SCIENCE! They will be giving out awards in various categories (including funniest and neuroscience, btw) to bloggers who are nominated for the awesomest science blogging.
So you should go nominate your favorite blogs! You should do it now! You should then vote for your favorites.
*insert mind-messing music that will make you hear my thoughts and obey*
You shall nominate SCI...for truly her research blogging is both funny and neuroscientific, and is therefore extreme. Sci does not dare to dream for BEST science blog, but funniest is totally doable, right?? Hear the truth of what Sci sayeth this day, and clicketh ye over unto the research blogging site, for verily I say unto you, Sci will be pleased.
*end music*
So anyway. Go there! Nominate and vote for your favorite blogs, and promote research blogging!

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Sci returns from SciOnline 2010

Jan 18 2010 Published by under Synaptic Misfires

So Sci was at Science Online 2010 this weekend. She had a fabulous time with all her bloggy friends, and has come back more motivated to blog the science (especially since Carl Zimmer made gratuitous reference to duck penises. That's a man after Sci's own little heart).
I cannot even mention all the fabulous people I got to hang out with. Sci finally got to meet the famous ED of Not Exactly Rocket Science (he is so lovely, I want him to be my nerd-brother!), Nerdy Christie of Observations of a Nerd (who I only barely got to see), DeLene of Wild Muse (who I ALSO barely got to see!), and many many others. I got to hang with Laelaps and Mrs. Laelaps, the charming and lovely Arikia, the amazing Isis, the awesome Zuska, the dynamic duo of Highly Allocthonous, John McKay and his ADORABLE mammoth, Science goddess (I actually got to meet two!), the fabulous Miriam of the Oyster's Garter (we need to hang out more, nice tights! Also, nice trilobite!), KEVIN of Deep Sea News (WOOOOO), Andrew of Southern Fried Science, Sheril and Chris of the Intersection, the ever-lovely Rebecca Skloot (I cannot WAIT to read her book!), Dr. Pal, my fav MD ever, Janet of Adventures in Ethics and Science in all of her wisdom, Stephanie Z of Almost Diamonds (awesome book chat, m'lady!), Blake Stacey, his handsome hat and cane, and his witty conversation, Greg Gbur and his lady (btw, Mrs. Gbur, the tights you wore to the banquet were FIERCE), and, and and....THERE WERE SO MANY AWESOME PEOPLE THERE. Really.
OH OH! I got one of these!!!
evolvems scio10.jpg
(Pic via @tweetingkat, who is great that way)
The one on the left is Sci's, he is coelacanth on the way to icthyostega (His name is Henry. Both of him). The one on the right is Ed's, devolving (apparently) from a squalodon to a pakicetus. Sadly we did not get one with Laelaps, so we'd have three in all their glory. Next time!! Sci has decided that Henry must accompany her to all blogging meetups as her pictoral representative. Sci's feet are the same lovely shade of blue.
Unfortunately, Sci also contracted the cold of the century. It laid her low for the entirety of the conference, and she's afraid she's spread it a little. She MAY have spread it to Ed by accident, and she is SO SORRY. She's miserable and doesn't want Ed to be, and also, she's afraid that if Ed is miserable, Mrs. Yong will fly across the Atlantic and beat her up for transmitting disease (please don't hurt me! I'm totally sick and miserable too,and I was washing my hands and carrying sanitizer and kleenex and coughing into my elbow and everything!).
So much thanks to Bora and Anton and Dr. Kroll (hope you feel better soon!!) and all the organizers! It was amazing, but now Sci has to...go collapse. Scicurious will return scicuriously later in the week, hopefully when this cold is kicked.

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Better Chemistry through Virtual Reality

Jan 15 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Sci arrived early to ScienceOnline, and got for the first time to go on one of the lab tours. This time she got to go into the Duke immersive virtual environment (DiVE). This is a completely awesome interactive experience where you put on 3-D glassers, step into a virtual reality room that looks JUST like the virtual reality deck on Star Trek, and in you go! You fly into the body along with ALCOHOL, the ethanol molecules, and run through the stomach, small intestine, and into the blood, and thence to the liver, where you look in detail at an alcohol dehydrogenase, learning the chemical reactions that turn alcohol into acetaldehyde. You can actually control the chemicals, fitting them together in the precisely right way to loosen and release the protons and electrons.

It was so fun! However, Ed complained of my backseat metabolizing. He wouldn't have had such a problem if he'd just moved that molecule to the RIGHT!!!!

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I like to Move it, Move it!

Jan 15 2010 Published by under Synaptic Misfires

There will be no Friday Weird Science today (though I've got a COOL one for next week!) because Sci will be traveling to Science Online 2010! She's totally excited to be going this year, as there are lots of cool sessions and lots of cool people who will be attending.
Unfortunately, Sci has also contracted a cold of rather titanic proportions (this may or may not be due to the crazy amounts of work involved in Open Lab, and other personal shenanigans which result in little sleep and stress to the immune system). So everyone who sees her at SciOnline, please be assured she is washing her hands frequently, will be carrying hand sanitizer, and will endeavor not to sneeze on you. She is determined not to let this cold get her down, and to that end, will be loading up on some truly insane levels of Dayquil. She will totally be ready to MOVE IT!

(Sci may, or may not, dance just like that hippo)
Happy weekend, and I'll see you on Monday!

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