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This is why we get vaccinated
Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

So long, farewell ...
Friday, April 1, 2011
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Stay Tuned ...
Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the Union of Concerned Scientists
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Week 23 - Hockey Pool
Monday, March 14, 2011

March Madness
Monday, March 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a bargain!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Technique Overload
Monday, March 7, 2011

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Et tu FDA?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Wednesday Micro Hits (on Thursday!)
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 12, 2011

The GOP War on Science
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

People, how about some ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Are you married to your reagents?
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common Sense Tip #1
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

From the Baby Boomers, a Big "Screw You"
Friday, January 21, 2011

Student Worker - More Student or More Worker?
Friday, January 21, 2011

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holy moly!
Friday, January 14, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Electronic Office
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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The Plug - January Edition
Friday, January 7, 2011

Bits 'N Pieces
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Latest Manuscript Review
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The $4 gallon of gas
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our slowly shrinking (and dying) planet
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's 2011 already? For reals?
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The State of Microbiology
Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2010 blogging meme
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Environmental Impact of the Christmas Season
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Music Snobbery
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Phantom Power
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What's Your Name?
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Awakening from the food coma ...
Friday, November 26, 2010

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Donor's Choose Final Followup (Recipes #3 and #4)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Monday Mess
Monday, November 22, 2010

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stayin' Alive
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol. 4)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Early Career Program
Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol. 3)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Donor's Choose - Family Recipe Number 1
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Making Good on Donor's Choose Bribe - Comfort Food Recipe 1
Saturday, October 16, 2010

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Friday Wrap-Up and Random Thoughts (Vol. 2)
Friday, October 15, 2010

First I Begged, Now I Bribe
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Finding Out Things The Hard Way(TM)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol 2)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here's where I start begging ...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#UnK3rn3d: Life Outside the Lab?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First fleas, now frogs?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Fleas Please
Monday, October 11, 2010

My next Research Blogging article has been chosen ...
Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Donor's Choose
Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Wrap-up and Random Thoughts
Friday, October 8, 2010

RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Research Blogging
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What if I were not a microbiologist ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TJ's Tips on Manuscript Review
Monday, October 4, 2010

Chinese plagiarism and the death of English-language journals
Friday, October 1, 2010

Allow Me a Formal Introduction
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

1. I don't blame this father. I might even would do the same thing if I were in his position.

2. I'm not willing to give Comic Sans the benefit of the doubt, but I am a new fan of Bodoni MT. (Note: the article does not spell the name of the font properly).

3. Gas is well on it's way to $4 a gallon. For some states it is already there. But it's not just at the pump where you'll be hit. You'll get hit in the supermarket as well. Despite what some people think, food doesn't come from the grocery store. It's grown. On farms. By farmers. Doing such involves a lot of inputs, a good portion of which is fuel. Tractors, combines, irrigation machinery, and other farm equipment doesn't run on magic. Same for the trucks which haul the produce to the store where you pick it up. This all involves oil. So you can expect a hit at the supermarkets. To make matters worse, as more and more cropland is diverted to growing corn (for ethanol production), prices will also increase because there is less supply. Additionally, meats which use corn as feed (which is almost all of them) will also see an additional hike because the corn is going to be diverted to producing ethanol for fuel, not for feed. Strangely enough, this is why soda has also practically doubled in price lately (high fructose corn syrup). Which leads one to ask ... why is energy independence not a hotter, and more pressing, issue right now? Why would the GOP (and Tea Party) talk to us about saving money in the budget, but not do anything about helping the tax payers save money at home? Yah, this is a rhetorical question.

4. Hopefully this projection though will help ease some of the pain. Unless of course, you've invested in gold.

5. And while we're talking about fuel. Down with ethanol. Up with butanol.

6. Flying anytime soon?

7. An interesting take on education, and exactly who should be teachers. (h/t @DrKlapperich)

8. It's Ash Wednesday.

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Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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1. I don't either. How does someone like that not get life or the death penalty?

3. It's because they like the campaign investment and kickbacks from oil co's.

7. There should be an experiment to test this idea :P

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I can't imagine that the man is going to be let back into the public even after time served. He is clearly insane.

However, the father of the boy hopefully will not carry out his plan. Do you think his son would want that? Would you want your father to go to jail for murder for you? No. I would not. It won't bring him peace of mind. And he would spend his last years on earth in a prison cell with other insane people.

For over 35 years the father has carried around the heavy weights of anger and hate. I would not want my dad to let my killer rule his life and thoughts. I would want my dad to think about how much he loved me instead of how much he hates someone else.

Easier said than done, I know.


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I hear what you're saying Jade, but I don't know if I would ever recover if a child of mine was murdered ... and then brutalized.

On one hand you have John Walsh, father of Adam Walsh, who channeled his grief into America's Most Wanted. The show has done innumerable good for society (IMO). Then you have the father mentioned in the article I link to on the other hand. It's a shame, but I can't fault him for wanting to see this disgusting POS taken out of life's rotation permanently.

And if I were on a jury, I'd probably buy/accept/understand a plea of insanity by emotional distress.

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The problem is, as a juror, you won't be deciding his sentence. You'll only be deciding whether it was a premeditated murder (which it would clearly be). Murder in the first degree is punishable by death in some states.

As for an insanity defense, I don't know how it works, but he may have a hard time proving he was insane if he pre-meditated the murder. Especially announcing it in the local news.

You know, the brutalization thing- that happened after death (we assume). Once the person is gone, the body is nothing. It has as much life as the table. I think, as Catholics, we are taught to honor the body (like it comes back to life, or something), but really, the body is just a vessel. It decays like everything else.

I do not fault him for wanting to kill someone and feeling enraged. Who wouldn't? I think he would serve his son's memory far more meaningfully if he used the energy to make a positive change in the world for others vs. becoming a murderer.

An eye for an eye doesn't work. It just creates a never-ending cycle of revenge that gets played out over and over through generations. No one wins. No one learns anything.


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1. "This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. If I remember correctly, the law cannot concern itself with delivering justice, but must concern itself with preventing justice from becoming retribution and vengence. That instead the law must seek to divorce itself from emotion to prevent it from being abused by any one side. Doesn't help victims or their families, but I see what Justice Holmes was pointing at.

3. I already saw higher prices at the green market yesterday. Unfortunate, but it's not as drastic an increase as what I expect supermarket increases will be. I've never quite understood how supermarkets can mark up for fuel costs so much, when buying from a farmer who trucks his own stuff doesn't increase prices nearly as drastically. Unless those farmers are bilking the supermarkets (which I'm kind of for since the suppliers for supermarkets force farmers to bid to sell).

4. I've always said gold was a crappy investment. Yes it has rallied recently, but the rallying has been artificial. It's sustained by gold commodities and options traders/houses selling how "safe" an investment gold is. Kind of like a real estate agent telling people that real estate is an investment that can only rise. And we saw how that bubble went...

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Jay, in regards to #3. I would imagine that the costs for local would/should be cheaper, especially when compared to vegetables which are not usually grown locally. For example, the bulk of the nations brocolli comes from California. So the east coasters should see a sizeable increase in the cost of brocolli, mostly due to shipping. A recent HuffPo article places those shipping costs at $6000 a tractorload, which can result in $0.25/lb increase. And that's not the only vegetable coming from California to our supermarkets.

I try to support local whenever I can. It helps that I work right next door to a large farmers market, but one should really consider where they buy their produce from. I've noticed though that not a lot of people do that.

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