It's not much fun being called a moron and a troll by a mod after having posted a disagreement on a topic either (not mean-spiritedly, either). Especially when shortly thereafter the same mod posts a call for posing privileges (not gonna happen for me, I guess). I understand everyone has bad days and sometimes posts… » 8/26/14 10:25am 8/26/14 10:25am

I like analogies. I tell my non-science college majors that the octet rule is kind of like a waiter/waitress carrying a big tray of drinks. If there are eight drinks, they all just fit and they balance well so that the waiter can carry it through a crowd. If there are fewer drinks, the tray doesn't balance as well,… » 8/26/14 9:49am 8/26/14 9:49am

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 8/19/14 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