The Deadline has passed! There are a total of over 700 submissions for OpenLab 2009. Thank you all for submitting your and other people's blog posts. I at least opened every one of them, and already read many of them and the overall quality looks very high. SciCurious is ready (here is her post), judges are ready, and the judging process is about to begin. And while you are waiting for results, you can read all the submitted entries right here! And once you are done reading them all, you can go back to the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions and read them as well. And keep checking in every now and then....nobody knows exactly on which date the final winners will be announced - whenever we are happy with it and ready. 10 days of science: Astronomical art: Representing Planet Earth 2020 Science: Hooked on science - ten things that inspired me to become a scientist A Blog Around The Clock: On Being a Nurse- a guest postWhy social insects do not suffer from ill effects of rotating and night … [Read more...] about The Final and Complete List of All Entries Submitted for The Open Laboratory 2009
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I realize that it's a cliché to say so, but some clichés are true. Time really does fly. It's hard to believe that a year ago California—and, by proxy, the rest of the country—was in the throes of a major political war over the bill SB 277. SB 277, you will recall, was a bill introduced into the California Assembly in the wake of the Disneyland Measles outbreak in early 2015 that eliminated non-medical exemptions to school vaccine mandates beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Ultimately, SB 277 passed and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last July. It was an uncommon victory for science and public health, and already appears to be having a positive effect on vaccine uptake in kindergarten children. Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, to say that the proposal and passage of SB 277 into law drove the antivaccine movement into even greater fits of crazy in response is to put it mildly. It became a common trope on antivaccine websites and blogs to see … [Read more...] about After SB 277, medical exemptions for sale, courtesy of Dr. Bob Sears and other antivaccine quacks
I don't review books that often. The reason is simple. My posts for this blog sometimes take as much as a several hours to write (particularly my more "epic" ones that surpass 5,000 words), and I usually don't have the time to add several more hours to the task by reading an entire book. Also, by the time I've read a book I might want to review, weeks—or even months—have often passed, and a review is no longer of much interest to our readers anyway. Today, I'm making an exception for a book hot off the presses. The main reason is curiosity, because the book is about a topic that I've blogged about many times here, and I really wanted to find out more about what was going on. I didn't expect to find out what really happened, because I knew from the beginning that the book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Research Fraud at the CDC by an antivaccine lawyer named Kevin Barry, would be highly biased. However, as I found out a few weeks ago, the book promised four complete … [Read more...] about Kevin Barry, you magnificent bastard, I read your antivaccine book!
Ben Swann, anchor of the evening news for the local Atlanta CBS affiliate and the face of his Truth In Media series of videos, thinks himself an investigative journalist and a truth teller, but much of what I see him reporting more closely resembles reporting as though done by a cross between Ted Baxter, Ron Burgundy, and Alex Jones. For one thing, Mr. Swann sure does love him some conspiracies, and he sure is susceptible to antivaccine nonsense, no matter how nonsensical. I first saw him in action nearly three months ago, when he credulously regurgitated the antivaccine talking points on display in the antivaccine protest in Atlanta in which Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Barbara Loe Fisher, and whole gaggle of the usual antivaccine suspects converged on Atlanta and the CDC with Scientology-allied Nation of Islam minister Tony Muhammed to protest...well, what the protest was about wasn't exactly clear. Ostensibly, it was about the so-called "CDC whistleblower," a CDC scientist named William … [Read more...] about Ben Swann’s long-awaited report on the “CDC whistleblower” goes over like a lead balloon of antivaccine misinformation
Christmas is over, and we're in that weird time between Christmas and New Years Day, when, usually at least, I have to work but so many people are out and so few patients seem to want to come in that it hardly seems worth the effort. So it is with the blog, too. The week between Christmas and New Years tends to be the lowest traffic period of the year. Although that's been true this year as well, I've noticed more commenting activity than I usually see. So, I figured, what the heck? There are odds and ends worth writing about, although I don't plan on doing an epic posts before next Monday. Who knows? Maybe I'll finally figure out how to do brevity right. Try not to laugh too hard. In any case, right before Christmas, a reader sent me a link to yet another brain dead listicle that's longer than most listicles in which an antivaccine maven tries to warn a hypothetical "normal, socially accepted person" about to become an antivaccinationist like him what to look out for. (Why is it that … [Read more...] about 15 antivaccine tropes for Christmas