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Science Mnemonics

A mnemonic device can be described as:

...a memory aid. Mnemonics are often verbal, something such as a very short poem or a special word used to help a person remember something, particularly lists. Mnemonics rely not only on repetition to remember facts, but also on associations between easy-to-remember constructs and lists of data, based on the principle that the human mind much more easily remembers insignificant data attached to spatial, personal, or otherwise meaningful information than that occurring in meaningless sequences.

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Liveblogging Experimental Biology 2008

I'm attending the Experimental Biology 2008 meeting in San Diego this week. EB2008 is:

A multi-society, interdisciplinary, scientific meeting featuring plenary and award lectures, symposia, oral and poster sessions, career services, and exhibits of scientific equipment, supplies, and publications

The sponsoring societies include: American Association of Anatomists (AAA), The American Association of Immunologists (AAI), The American Physiological Society (APS), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

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Vaccination Woo Nutz Are Getting Up My Nose Today

Feb 11 2008 Published by under Biology, Science Politics

Around here at SciBlogs, people who know what the heck they are talking about like Tara, Orac, revere and Abel Pharmboy usually handle the dissection of the anti-sciencenauts who insist on not vaccinating their children against measles and the consequences thereof. Today however a specific, if anonymous, set of anti-vaccine parents are pissing me off. MMR woo-nauts and me, after the jump.

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ZOMFG!!!!11!!! ARTIFICIAL LIFE!!!11!!!! (Well, Not Exactly)

Feb 03 2008 Published by under Biology

As reported in a recent news piece in Nature, researchers at the Craig Venter Institute ("CVI") have chemically synthesized the complete half-megabase genome of the pathogenic bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium. In previously reported work, CVI successfully transplanted the genome of Mycoplasma mycoides into the extremely closely related species Mycoplasma capricolum.
Nature breathlessly characterized these accomplishments as follows:

The stage is now set for the creation of the first artificial organism -- and it could be achieved within the year.

Sorry, but this is total bullshit, and Nature should be ashamed of itself for emulating the journalistic practices of the National Enquirer.

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