Please realize that you do indeed have some very unlikely allies. I maintain friendships all over the political spectrum, and some of my "crackpot conservative" friends have been railing against the militarization of police forces for the better part of a decade. I can only imagine how a combined protest by… » 8/19/14 10:23pm Tuesday 10:23pm

Please allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment. While this case (and most, probably) seem rather innocuous and very little harm done, there is the matter of intellectual property. IP is not something I learned about at all in grad school (my project was extremely esoteric), but now that I am in the field of… » 8/13/14 8:02pm 8/13/14 8:02pm

DIY Homeopathic "Cure" for Ebola - stupid, or criminally stupid?

While reading the recent post here about homeopathic treatments for arthritis and the excellent summations of the Ebola outbreak by Faz.Alam, I happened to come across the following abomination. I would have linked to the original story on NaturalNews, but amazingly enough, it appeared too extreme even for them. I… » 8/11/14 8:18pm 8/11/14 8:18pm

Ha! This reminds me of my first-year biochemistry course in grad school. We used two textbooks. One (Zubay) was chock full of equations and derivations and was clearly targeted toward those coming from a chemistry background. The other (Alberts) was great at explaining cell biology and mechanisms, but one day when… » 8/08/14 11:28pm 8/08/14 11:28pm

A statement like that suggests you are as intolerant as you presume the restaurant personnel to be. Perhaps you might enjoy a trip through "the South" to see things you wouldn't expect; I certainly didn't figure to attend an Eid festival with a large cross-section of people at a huge restaurant (with absolutely no… » 8/03/14 7:49pm 8/03/14 7:49pm

I think this is one of the healthiest attitudes people can have, and as one of those weirdos who follows you around community members who appreciate your posts., I am glad to see you have it and that you overcame your bullied youth. Often, I think most people would be so much happier if they just let others'… » 8/02/14 6:19pm 8/02/14 6:19pm

Summer research programs dominated by female students

Today was the day the students in two summer programs hosted at a top-notch university presented their summer research. The programs seek undergraduates from nearby universities to perform research in R1 facilities. I really like these programs becasue they make a point of bringing in students who do not have the… » 7/30/14 7:37pm 7/30/14 7:37pm

As guailo with what I semi-joking refer to as honorary Chinese status, I find this topic fascinating. My spouse has heard "ching-chong" a few times, but rarely. I agree that if one is going to use a racial slur, it had better be the correct one. I had a friend once yell, "Dammit, I'm a chink, not a gook! Get it… » 7/29/14 11:17pm 7/29/14 11:17pm

The last paragraph is the key and sadly, the worst-positioned. Without also exploring how individuals can achieve these same effects without medication (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, force of will, etc.), any discussion is incomplete. Cognitive enhancement probably requires a greater understanding… » 7/29/14 8:29pm 7/29/14 8:29pm

Isn't it horrible that we feel the need to not comment on a situation because of all the crazy out there? I, too, try to avoid commenting, mainly because it seems so many people really don't have very many deep thoughts about the conflict and prefer to simply cheerlead for one side or the other. Thank you for… » 7/27/14 7:03pm 7/27/14 7:03pm

#1: As the older sibling, I was always blamed for any altercations. I earned six months of reprieve when I devised the following plan: Step 1 - grab my arm with one hand and squeeze for a several minutes. Step 2 - find younger sibling, then clap my hands loudly. Step 3 - Yell, "Ow!!! She hit me!" then demonstrate… » 7/24/14 7:56pm 7/24/14 7:56pm

(apologies for such a long response) I do hope events unfold to make you feel (and be) safer soon. Some brief self-defense tips. A thumb in the eye (in the eye, as in the socket) will pretty much always work. Jabbing the Adam's apple is effective if you can do it. If you have the mindset for it, CCW can be an… » 7/23/14 12:01pm 7/23/14 12:01pm