Sci has been nothing but impressed with how great everyone has been donating to Donor's Choose!! There are so many wonderful science projects that have been funded and it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
And now, there are only a few more days LEFT! The contest and drive ends on November 9, so please do donate if you haven't already! And remember, to two random donors, Sci will give her brand new SCICURIOUS MERCHANDISE!!! You know you wanna win some Sci Swag!
I'm always a little disappointed when Halloween falls on such a prosaic night as a Sunday night. Also, in this new, urban environment, I'll admit I don't have the first idea of how to handle trick or treaters.
So you are getting Halloween TODAY!
Here, Sci got you candy!
And now, your ZOMBIE PARASITE:
No no, not the kitten. It's IN the kitten.
Berdoy, Webster, and MacDonald, "Fatal attraction in rats infected with Toxoplasma gondii." Proceedings of the Biological Academy of Sciences, 2000.
Last chance, people! The gates will close on the one, the only Grad Student Eating in Style Carnival on Saturday, October 30th! So send me your recipes, your price breakdowns, and let's show them all that there's more to grad life than Ramen (though Ramen will, of course, get it's own category).
Send in your recipes, leave them in the comments! Sci will include them all in the Carnival, which goes up Monday. Let's show 'em what we can do!
There's a story that's been flying around the internet (I saw the first bits this morning), that a group of scientists have found changes in brain activity associated with hyposexual desire disorder. Dr Petra and Maria Wolters and I got to chatting about it on Twitter, and wanting to find out what to REALLY think, we all went in search of the paper.
And this is where I got something that got my goat SO BAD.
The paper ISN'T OUT YET. The paper ISN'T WRITTEN YET. THERE IS NO PAPER. What there is, as far as I can tell, is an abstract presented at a very recent meeting.
Theme C: Disorders of the Nervous System
http://houseofmind.tumblr.com (Twitter @houseofmind)
Theme D: Sensory and Motor Systems
http://blog.pascallisch.net/ (Twitter @Pascallisch)
http://neuromusings.com (The Neuro Dilettante - Twitter @neurodilettante)
www.davidderiso.com (Twitter @davederiso)
Theme E: Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems
www.dormivigilia.com (Twitter @Beastlyvaulter)
So Sci's now not-so-trusty laptop has crashed and burned for the final time, and is getting some surgery involving a replacement hard-drive. Assuming it works (and the hard-drive isn't DOA), I will RETURN! And if it doesn't...well, we shouldn't go there.
EDIT: IT's ALIIIIIIIIIVEEE!!!!!!
WOOOOO!!!! I shall resume the science blogging anon!
You guys, there is SO much science out there. SO MUCH. Grrl and I agree, so much to blog, so little time. Anyway, I found this great paper in the latest Table of Contents for Nature, and went "ooooh, must blog!" And then SciAm beat me to it. No fair, I bet they had it with embargo and all. 🙂
Anyway, this article also appeared in various other places, and it, and articles like it, have received a certain amount of unfortunate attention due to the nature of the coverage. I do not deny that reposting the press release (or repurposing the press release without reading the article) is a bit lazy. On the other hand, I feel like this is not just the fault of main stream media or Lab Spaces. I feel like Dr. Isis said it very well when she stated:
One thing that has become abundantly clear to me in the last 24 hours, however, is that neither scientists nor journalists should rely on the university as a source of information.
She is very right. These press releases are not written by the scientists (often they are barely signed off by the scientists), they are written by the university's PR dept, who knows about as much as anyone else who is not a scientist about what the data actually SAYS. Rather than blaming journalists about what got written about their work, perhaps scientists should first take a look at the press release.
But anyway. Sci's not going to get further into that fray. I hate frays. But I LOVE SCIENCE. And I liked this article. So. Here's the press release, if you want to read it.
And HERE is the paper:
Ng et al. "Chronic high-fat diet in fathers programs beta-cell dysfunction in female rat offspring". Nature, 2010.