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ze frankBush, Castration, and Stem Cell Research - Fabuloso video blogger Ze Frank covers recent research on castrato singers and reports that "President Bush is studying the effects that castrating science will have on culture as a whole. The hope is that by removing things like stem cell research, science will never fully mature and will start singing about God in high-pitched voices."

One Nobel Prize Isn't Enough - Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science blogs about the recent case of a Nobel Laureate and professor at the MIT Department of Biology, who reportedly dissuaded "a rising female star in neuroscience" from joining the MIT faculty because he was threatened by the potential competition. Eleven MIT professors wrote a letter of complaint to the university president accusing Professor Susumu Tonegawa of intimidating Alla Karpova, saying that "he would not mentor, interact, or collaborate with her if she took the job and that members of his research group would not work with her."

Like, Gag Me with a Hockey Stick - Chris Mooney asks, "Is anyone else as sick as I am of repeated attacks on the "hockey stick" reconstruction of past temperatures? Joe Barton and cronies are at it again. Just when one would have hoped that the National Academy of Sciences report on this topic would provide some modicum of closure, the "skeptics" have derived yet another seeming line of attack." [See also, straw man argument.]

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