Code for life

Linking text and visual content

Grant Jacobs Oct 30, 2009

There are several projects with a general concept of tight linking between the text and visual elements in a document for presenting scientific information. It can often be easier to illustrate a concept with an image. Technically at least, it's a little trickier, for moving or three-dimensional objects. Easily the most successful is video, witness … Read More

Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time

Grant Jacobs Oct 28, 2009

While searching for something interesting to write about I visited PLoS One, an open-access journal. Right at the top of the list of Most Recent Articles was Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time, which you have to say is something of an attention-getting article title… A quick search reveals that unfortunately Ed Yong, … Read More

Autistic children and blood mercury levels

Grant Jacobs Oct 27, 2009

Autism has received great attention over the past couple of decades, from movies like Rain Man to the fuss stirred up by anti-vaccine promoters who insist that "mercury" (thimerosal) in vaccines causes autism. If you've ridden the waves of the autism-related anti-vaccine silliness on the WWW you'll appreciate research that tries bring … Read More

Doubt not certainty

Grant Jacobs Oct 25, 2009

I try avoid posts that are mostly “referrals”, that consist of just pointing to another blog and saying “read this”, but if you’re in the mood for a little light philosophy on the meaning of science, try Nature senior editor Henry Gee’s article that argues that  science worships not certainty, but doubt. What do you think? … Read More

Forgetting older science

Grant Jacobs Oct 24, 2009

Are the electronic literature databases making us forget about the older literature? A short blog by Isis, a self-proclaimed domestic and laboratory goddess (and who are we to disagree?), reminded me that I have been meaning to write a blog about this issue for some time and that I should get on with it. Read More

What the chiropractor said

Grant Jacobs Oct 24, 2009

A local chiropractor cannot accept that some seriously ill swine flu patients had no underlying health issues: Sorry, no, there is no way that these people were "otherwise healthy". The medical examinations showed that they had no underlying health issues. But this chiropractor won't accept that. Read More