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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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"Push!" copyright AJOG

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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Not a close shave: Schick Quattro’s PR firm asks journalists to tweet promos

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November 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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Beer: It’s good for burns, too

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Well, not really.

But a case report last year in Emergency Medicine Australasia describes how one man — presumably in Hong Kong, where most of the report’s authors are based — recovered as well as might be expected after a self-devised treatment:

We present the case of an unusual fluid resuscitation regime in a 65-year-old man with 40% burns. He fell into a garden fire, but believing the hospital to be closed, waited at home drinking six cans (2 L) of ‘San Miguel’ beer, with no other fluid intake, before attending the ED the next morning, 17 h after injury.

I’m going to pause here and ask the question that may be on others’ minds: What is a garden fire? Is it one of these?

Back to the case report, which notes: Read the rest of this entry »

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November 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

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Broken penis? It’s OK, you can wait a week before getting surgery

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If you’ve broken your penis, you might think that you should get treatment right away. But the authors of a recent study suggest that you can wait several days and have the same outcomes — you know, if you have other priorities, or errands to run, anything like that.

The authors, urologists at Mansoura University in Egypt, treated 180 men for broken penises between January 1986 and May 2010. After dividing them into groups according to whether they showed up in the emergency room within 24 hours of their injury, they concluded in Urology: Read the rest of this entry »

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October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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Did Paleolithic men pierce and tattoo their penises?

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If you haven’t found yourself wondering how a Paleolithic man would decorate his penis, well, neither have I. But a group of French and Spanish urologists were apparently curious about that very question.

In a Journal of Urology paper called “Phallic Decoration in Paleolithic Art: Genital Scarification, Piercing and Tattoos,” they review art objects from the Paleolithic period, finding dozens of what they call “phallic pieces.” Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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Shot in the balls? We have a study for you

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The medical literature is often dry and boring — some might even say clinical — but one study in the BJU International caught my eye today:

Gunshot wounds to the scrotum: a large single-institutional 20-year experience

That single institution was Temple University in Philadelphia, a city that is no stranger to gunshots.

So, how many men were shot in the balls over the course of 20 years? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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Never mind 150 half-siblings: Try ‘twinblings,’ inadvertent full siblings from different mothers

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I’ve heard a fair amount of “woahs” about a story in yesterday’s New York Times noting that one sperm donor seems to have fathered 150 half-siblings. (The Times has trod this ground before.)

The reaction reminded me that I’d come across a paper earlier this summer in the journal Fertility and Sterility. The case report, by fertility doctors in the Bronx and Westchester, begins as follows (emphasis mine): Read the rest of this entry »

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September 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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Alternatives to Tumblr for beekeepers, Luddites, and drunks

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My colleague Vincent Baby, riffing on a post about a new curation tool called Bundlr, tweeted that what the world needed was a new service called Mumblr. That has led to a number of other ideas, which I thought I’d gather here (in parens, the person who suggested the world-changing offering): Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

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