My heart sank as I stood on the Metro platform at the Zoo stop and watched the second completely full train pull away. All those stories of people in Japan pushing people into trains started to make sense. It seemed there was no other way to get on the train and getting the rally looked impossible. I didn't know what to do so I got on a different train and rode in the opposite direction. Two stops later, the crowd didn't quite as bad and now, I didn't have any other way to get back to the hotel anyway. I moved with the crowd, slipped into the still-packed train and tried not to take up ... Read more

One of my all time favorite books is South: The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance (The Explorers Club Classic) . It's an amazing adventure and an incredible story. It's a ... Read more

They could have used the data from my serial killer survey, but no, being scientists or science-related, the ScienceBlogs overseers want to find out for themselves. i-7dc7cfbf030c921870ba489a0f76c788-ipodnano-pink-hero.jpgPlus ... Read more
Maybe there's something a little bit odd about having a gingerbread construction contest to raise funds for researching juvenile diabetes. Maybe these gingerbread houses aren't environmentally proper or particularly sustainable. But they are impressive. If you're in Seattle over the holidays, you can see them at the Sheraton Hotel until Jan 2nd and even help fund research on juvenile diabetes.
And I was. It was the dreaded Seven Random and Weird things meme! It's on the loose and I've been tagged. The rules are:
  1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
  3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
  4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. Who tagged me? Greg Laden of the kingdom of Linux. ... Read more
At least this is what I imagine it's like to live with someone who has bipolar disorder. Tonight - Sept. 19th, between 7-8 pm EDT, there will a "blogger's conference with the experts," discussing this very thing. The transcript will be posted and you can learn more about the event here. Read more
Yes, indeed. I got the Red Hot blog of the Day award from RedOrbit. i-e7345f017a8cbadb793d4b2e52fbf058-award1-blog.gif Not for science, though; it's for showing why genome sequencing is expensive. Sigh.Read more
Okay, gossip really isn't my thing and I'm not going to make a habit of it, but I'm really kind of surprised by this. Tech crunch (as I learned from Deepak and Eye on DNA) has a post on 23 and me that is quite bothersome. Apparently, one of the Google founders has invested in a company ... Read more
It's dyscalculia. The curse of math instructors everywhere. A few years ago, students at the community college, where I taught, petitioned to have math removed from the list of courses that were required for a degree. Part of the reason, they argued, was that one student claimed that he shouldn't have to take math because he had dyscalculia. (Dyscalculia is like dylexsia, except that it makes it harder for people to do arithmetic. ) The math instructors argued that they weren't going to eliminate requirements for a "fictional disease." Now, it appears that ... Read more
I don't often play these meme games but since none of the other female SciBlings have jumped on the bandwagon, and I've read at least as much science fiction as some of the other Scibs in the game (PZ, Mark, Afrensis, ... Read more

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