Archive for category: science

 

Cutting Through the Stem Cell Hype

    November 21, 2007 at 12:31 pm in science
 

Recent stem cell advancements have been been exploding across the headlines. If you somehow missed these headlines, the bulk of it is “researchers have figured out how to reprogram adult cell into a state that is nearly indistinguishable from embryonic, pluripotent stem cells.” Unlike some science stories in the news this isn’t pure hype; it is truly important and has […]

 

People like this make it hard to be a “nice” skeptic

    November 16, 2007 at 2:52 pm in science
 

The Society of Homeopaths is holding a symposium on the treatment of AIDS in December. Their flier states that “Harry van der Zee will introduce us to a completely different and controversial treatment for AIDS in Africa using a new set of healing remedies created by Peter Chappell.” And what is this “completely different and controversial treatment” you ask? He […]

 

Internet Savvy “country doctor” in Brooklyn

 

Interesting completely different approach that this internet mobile based doctor, Jay Parkinson MD, is taking to online healthcare. Nice site too though a bit too trendy web2.0 looking for my tastes ‚Äì it would look professional for a techno DJ, but for a doctor it just feels fake. Interestingly, this doctor designed and built the site himself. It’s a fine […]

 

Fabulous Article On Why Repetition Makes Things Seem Truthful

    September 18, 2007 at 2:16 pm in science
 

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Cold Titanium Heart

Cold Titanium Heart
    August 17, 2007 at 1:03 pm in science
 

The Washington Post recently had an interesting article entitled, His Heart Whirs Anew, about a Peter Houghton, the first lifetime recipient of a Jarvik 2000 ventricular assist device (ie an artificial heart). After being placed on the device, Peter Houghton has struggled with a deadening of his emotions. After reading this, my first reaction was: of course, now that his […]

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson Rocks!

Neil deGrasse Tyson Rocks!
    July 27, 2007 at 11:58 am in science
 

The subject line quotes a recent twitter made by a friend of mine and I couldn’t agree more. Neil deGrasse Tyson, is the exuberant astrophysicist who is the host for NOVA Science Now and the director of the Hayden Planetarium. He explodes with a passion for the mysteries of the universe in a way only an atheist could. His cheerful […]