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May. 3rd, 2010 05:48 pm
electricland: (Betan Astronomical Survey)
The Codon Alphabet would make a good name for a thriller, no?

The Andromeda Strain
The Bourne Identity
The Codon Alphabet
The Pelican Brief

It fits perfectly.
electricland: (Chiana)
They're shooting Flashpoint over at City Hall. Holy cast of thousands (well, crew of thousands). I guess I really should start watching that show.

Here is a press release title you don't see every day: Elephant legs are much bendier than Shakespeare thought

It would be more effective if they'd included the actual Shakespeare quotation* in the text, mind you. Video and more at New Scientist.

*Apparently: "The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy; his legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure." - Troilus and Cressida


Jul. 8th, 2008 09:27 pm
electricland: (Blue)
1. Guess who dug in someone's bag and stole and ate an entire plastic baggie full of ham at the dog park today? Go on, guess. You'll never guess. (Yes, he ate the baggie too. I'm expecting to see it again at some point.) Gotta work on that "drop" command. Now, mind you, the owner of the bag let him stand on her and snuffle around in the bag for a good 15 seconds -- she said "It was shoved right down in there! I didn't think he'd get it!" Um, yeah. This is why I don't let dogs near my bag. ;)

2. Via Uncertain Principles, my new favourite scientific article of all time (there's a PDF link).

Fortunately, a live presentation of the results was also captured on video.

3. This is an extremely dangerous website for me. *cough*

4. It is chucking down rain here, and our basement is a bit damp.
electricland: (Betan Astronomical Survey)
Via New Scientist's Short Sharp Science blog: Scientist does intricate 20-year experiment involving evolution of E. coli. Conservapaedia founder gets irked, demands data. Scientist writes back. Conservapaedia founder gets rude. The result (in Ben Goldacre's words): all time classic creationist pwnage.

Makes my little heart sing, I tell ya.
electricland: (Alien)
Did you know that some species of shark practice intra-uterine cannibalism?

I learn the neatest things from my officemate. Also, I'm glad I'm not a shark.
electricland: (Betan Astronomical Survey)
Latest in intelligent design news: Ha ha, Dover.

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electricland: (Electric Landlady)
Very excited about this pilot study on wait times for knee and hip replacements from Alberta.

The average wait for a first orthopedic consultation dropped to six weeks from 35 weeks, according to an interim report on the program released yesterday.

In the project, which sends patients through a central-intake system and has its own doctors and surgical space, the average wait for surgery after the first consultation has plummeted to 4.7 weeks from 47 weeks.

And the average hospital stay has shrunk to 4.3 days from 6.2 days.
Andre Picard's commentary is very good -- it will probably disappear behind a pay-for-me barrier tomorrow, so here it is )

(The Alberta Hip and Knee Replacement Project's website has the full report [PDF].) Extremely promising -- and publicly funded too, whatever will they think of next? It sounds similar to Ontario's Cardiac Care Network, which is widely praised as an initiative that centralizes the bureaucracy, stays on top of patients' conditions and needs and moves them up and down the waiting list as necessary, streamlines the process of getting through the system, and generally Gets the Job Done. More, please. (Of course, I'm trying to figure out how to relate this to paediatrics for work, but I don't think the issues are really similar enough to do it -- so this is merely personal squee.)

And in cool science news from PNAS:

An Asian origin for a 10,000-year-old domesticated plant in the Americas

Grammatical Subjects in home sign: Abstract linguistic structure in adult primary gesture systems without linguistic input (language patterns developed by congenitally deaf people deprived of any speech or sign input)


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