When Archaeology and Epidemiology Meet

A 1400-year-old tooth containing plague DNA

The past is always present. A group of scientists has managed to extract DNA from the teeth of two people who died during the Justinian Plague in the 6th century, and tests have confirmed that the same pathogen was at the root of the Black Plague of the 14th century, with mutations that are still [Read More...]

Bach Cantatas [App o' the Mornin']

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Today we have a guest post from my friend and former collaborator Gary Parker Chapin. We went on a bender in the early 90s and wr0te a best-selling* humor book called Sun Tzu’s Ancient Art of Golf. (Seriously, the entire thing came out of a Guinness tap from two young men under the influence of [Read More...]

Eye Cells From an Inkjet Printer

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Promising news from the world of biotech: Using an inkjet printer, researchers have succeeded in printing adult eye cells for the first time. The demonstration is a step toward producing tissue implants that could cure some types of blindness. Scientists have previously printed embryonic stem cells and other immature cells. But scientists had thought adult [Read More...]

How Many People Does It Take to Crash Obamacare?

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No, that’s not a setup for a joke, like “How many Libertarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” (“None, the market will provide correction.”) Really, how many do you think? The administration is saying that Healthcare.gov is non-functional because millions and millions of people are trying to access it. In other words, it’s [Read More...]

Dick Cheney’s Unhackable Heart

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Let’s take the cheap “Dick Cheney has a heart?” jokes as read and move on to the story at hand, viz: Dick Cheney had the software for his implanted defibrillator altered to prevent remote hacking. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Cheney admits to asking for wireless features to be disabled: Cheney says that he [Read More...]

HealthCare.gov In Three Images

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So first my screen was all like… And then it was all like… And then I was all like… Here’s something you should know: I.T. is not frigging rocket science. It’s no cakewalk to create a system for a nationwide program based on a law so complex no one who voted for it ever read [Read More...]

Human Organs On a Chip

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No, not that kind of chip. This kind: Testing new drugs and treatments is challenging, expensive and time consuming. DARPA is investing $24 million in researching a promising bioprinting project that could create a “body on a chip” that simulates organ functions to shorten the testing process: The 2-inch “body on a chip” would represent a [Read More...]

A Brief Rant on the Looming American Health Care Disaster

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Salty language ahead. I decided to blog angry, which I rarely do. Sometimes anger is clarifying. Writers, artists, musicians, etc are set to lose their health care under Obamacare changes. Sweet sweet poetic justice. As I get put through the wringer over changes this asshole and his asshole supporters forced on us (we just lost [Read More...]


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