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Human physiology, weird animal biology, and the interface of science and culture.

Chemistry teachers: Request a free chemistry activity kit from ACS

The following is an e-mail I received from the ACS Kids & Chemistry Program Manager. I'm re-posting it here to spread the word. If you know any chemistry school teachers who might benefit from this program, please forward them the relevant info.

February 14, 2012 — Michelle Clement

How a cup of coffee a day may help to keep type 2 diabetes at bay.

Black coffee: Probably what Paula Deen should have been drinking instead of all that sugar and trans fat. Many of us, especially the current or former graduate students among us, are addicted to our breakfast caffeinated beverage of choice.

January 17, 2012 — Michelle Clement

Links Post - January 15, 2012

Physiology The wonderful quail… and what Sen. Coburn should learn about it and Cocaine and the sexual habits of quail, or, why does NIH fund what it does?

January 15, 2012 — Michelle Clement

The Research Works Act would deny taxpayers access to federally funded research.

The short of it (covered in depth by Michael Eisen, and Razib tipped me off to the issue) is that Carolyn Maloney, a congresswoman funded by Elsevier, which is a major for-profit publishing company, is trying to pass the Research Works Act, which would deny Americans free access to research funded by taxpayer money.

January 7, 2012 — Michelle Clement

Memorable links from the second half of 2011

As I expected, this set of links is a bit shorter than the last. Also, I just discussed my new year's resolution with Kedar, and it is to blog more often.

December 31, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Video: The science of champagne

If you're reading this post, congratulations! You've made it to the end of 2011! You may be going out tonight to ring in the new year with friends and family, and if so, there's a good chance that you'll be sipping some champagne when the clock strikes midnight.

December 31, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Memorable links from the first half of 2011

2011 was an exciting, stressful, occasionally scary, and very fruitful year for me, personally and professionally. I hope you are all pleased with the way life treated you this year.

December 30, 2011 — Michelle Clement

The Guppy Project is not wasteful, Sen. Coburn.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has a degree in medicine, so I would expect that he's had some rudimentary biology education at some point in his life. However, you wouldn't know it just from glancing through the entries in his "Wastebook", a list of projects funded by the government that he considers wasteful.

December 22, 2011 — Michelle Clement

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