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Archive for January 2012

Epistemological rupture? Release about paper claiming to explain origin of life disappears

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Yesterday on Twitter, Sarah Kavassalis pointed me in the direction of a paper that seemed to befuddle her. Published last month in the journal Life by Case Western’s Erik D. Andrulis, “Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life” purports to solve “the puzzle of the origin and evolution of cellular life in the universe.”

The paper is 105 pages, which includes a whopping 800 references. It depends heavily on the gyre: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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Water-breaking research: Woman gives birth to a scientific paper — and a baby –in an MRI

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It’s the obvious next step in the distinguished line of scientific inquiry that had author Kayt Sukel orgasm in an MRI by herself and scanned a couple having sex in such a device: German researchers have reported on what happens when a woman gives birth in an MRI.

The scientists were standing on the shoulders of giants, they note in their report in the American Journal of Obstetrics & GynecologyRead the rest of this entry »

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January 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

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Resources: Organizations for women and minority scientists

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This afternoon, a college friend of mine asked me for tips on finding organizations for minority scientists. I told her I knew of a few, but decided it would be better to broaden the question to include groups for women scientists, and ask Twitter. As usual, I was overwhelmed with the helpful responses, so I figured I’d capture them here in case anyone wanted them all in one place. They’re in no particular order, and I’ll keep adding/reorganizing as I hear about more: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

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