by syaffolee

Boom or bust? Or rather, the less confusing question the article is asking: are researchers in infectious diseases supposed to be happy because the government is pouring money into biodefense research? Obviously, getting grants for biodefense research has a lot of catches, and unfortunately, a lot of those revolve around fear.

Mystery remains as journal withdraws paper. Recently, I noticed a lot of blogs talking about a Swedish student who supposedly partially solved one of David Hilbert’s problems. I didn’t pay any attention to it because 1) I’ve heard of Hilbert but had no real idea what he did; 2) I know no math beyond the mandatory two years of coursework I did during my undergrad years; and 3) the three math blogs/journals (each written by a math grad student, a math teacher at a high school, and a math professor) I semi-regularly read never mentioned it. This just goes to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read, especially if it’s just linked by link-happy people and not by people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Health agencies scramble to counter Vatican’s ‘condom’nation. You can take the easy way out and ask the church, “Do you have proof that the AIDS virus can pass through latex? Where is your data?” But the problem here is that this is religion and that in a lot of ways calls for a mindset that is completely contrary to that of science. We have to ask ourselves, how can we deal with an group that cares more about regulating people’s lives in how they see fit rather than gathering proof of their physical well-being?

Deep Thinking about Weblogs. A little bit too much deep thinking if you ask me.

What Not to Do When You Blog. Stupid rules. I thought the only rule was that there were no rules in weblogging.