});
  1. This appeared in my FB stream. 
1. What a capricious deity that saved this guy’s life and let die thousands of less worthy? non believing? not worth saving? others.
2. As a doctor maybe, just maybe, he would have the capacity to understand that maybe his genetic makeup provided him with the lucky alleles to have more resistance to ebola than others or that the dedicated researchers that have been working on the experimental drug or the doctors in Atlanta saved his life. Or more likely it is a combination of the drug and the doctors’ work.

    This appeared in my FB stream. 

    1. What a capricious deity that saved this guy’s life and let die thousands of less worthy? non believing? not worth saving? others.

    2. As a doctor maybe, just maybe, he would have the capacity to understand that maybe his genetic makeup provided him with the lucky alleles to have more resistance to ebola than others or that the dedicated researchers that have been working on the experimental drug or the doctors in Atlanta saved his life. Or more likely it is a combination of the drug and the doctors’ work.

  2. You really haven’t lived until you have a nemesis. I have two.

    You really haven’t lived until you have a nemesis. I have two.

  3. An oldie but a goodie.

    An oldie but a goodie.

  4. jtotheizzoe:

    ecosapienshow:

    Are we in the midst of a sixth mass extinction? 

    Source -  NYT graphics editor Bill Marsh

    Welcome to the Anthropocene, folks.

    It is interesting that this question is being asked. I have been teaching about the 6th mass extinction for a decade now. This really is beyond the point of asking. Much like asking, “is adding CO2 to the atmosphere causing changes to the climate?”  Or “Are we expecting to see the sun come up tomorrow morning?”

  5. "

    Paul, “a former physician,” offered the chemical DDT as a “viable alternative for treatment,” as the release put it. The proposal would likely face some resistance as DDT is also a controversial insecticide that “may cause serious health effects,” according to Scientific American. But Paul believes those health risks were never proven.

    “The absolute proof of the danger of DDT was never — as far as I’m concerned — proven,” Paul argued. “Instead, what we do is use very expensive organic phosphates [to treat Ebola], which do kill people. … If DDT isn’t quite as dangerous as they said, and if you could save a million people from this illness … then we could think about it.”

    "

    From here.

    As an MD Mr. Paul’s knowledge is stunningly missing. Ebola is spread via contact with body fluids from primates and bats. DDT is an insecticide. Spray all of Africa with DDT and you would not change the rate of transmission of Ebola at all. This is like saying if I give everyone an antibiotic I will cure HIV.

    His even wilder claim that DDT was not shown to be dangerous is also a stunning example of either ignorance or yet another attempt to promote industries at the expense of public health and the environment.

    Here is the kicker - DDT is used in Africa to combat malaria currently and scientists are recommending that its use be reduced because of the harm it causes humans.

  6. Alphonse Mucha’s stained glass window in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

  7. Domes of Prague

  8. Domes of Vienna

  9. Yay! Evolution for tykes! (and some of my sophomores, I am thinking…)

About me

I met the discoverer of Pluto. I have looked into a nuclear reactor and saw Cherenkov radiation. I did field work in shark-infested waters. I have an Erdos number of 5. I have launched satellites. You could say I like science.

Likes