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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Marshall Zhang, The Kid That May Have Cured Cystic Fibrosis

May 17th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Marshall Zhang

Age: 16

Hails from: Toronto, Canada

Occupation: Student, as in, um, HIGH SCHOOL student

Known for: Possibly discovering a cure for Cystic Fibrosis–or at least laying the groundwork for a breakthrough.

Lemme ‘splain how this went down. Okay, so like me, Marshall Zhang took AP Bio his sophomore year and thought it totally badass.

Alas, this is where our paths diverge: My junior year (it was awhile ago but I still remember quite clearly) I enrolled in Physics and AP Chem, quickly realized I have no place in the elegant world of natural sciences, dropped AP Chem, doodled my way to a B+ in Physics, decided to begin compiling a bitchin’ record collection, declared that “music is my science,” you can figure out the rest.

Zhang decided he needed more than school could offer and asked every professor listed as biochemistry faculty at the University of Toronto if he could work in their labs. Every one said no, except for Dr. Christine Bear, a researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute in Toronto. Under the tutelage of his mentor, Zhang was able to do advanced research regarding treatment for the incurable Cystic Fibrosis.

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Slate‘s “Blogging The Periodic Table”

August 4th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Knit me this for Christmas, and I’ll be your friend for life

If you have an interest in science, but, like me, you need the dumbed-down “for poets” version to geek out on it, then you’ll love “Blogging the Periodic Table,” a series of posts published over the last month at Slate. Each post is devoted to one element of the periodic table and brimming with wonderful, obscure, and sometimes bizarro little anecdotes. Like how, in the 19th century, aluminum was considered more precious than gold or silver, and the French once displayed “Fort Knox-like bars” of it next to the crown jewels. Or why one tiny Swedish island has four elements named after it. Or how the elements get their funny names. It’s science, but it’s also the history of the world. While writer Sam Kean will only cover about 25 of the periodic table’s 118 elements for Slate, you can read more about them in Kean’s new book, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, available now.

[photo via neatorama]

[Slate: Blogging the Periodic Table]

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Nicole Scherzinger + Slash = NONONO (squared)

October 14th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Ladies and gentlemen, a lesson in, um, Physics.

Nicole Scherzinger just laid down a track on Slash’s new album, Slash and Friends.

Worse than the vision of Limbaugh with The Rams

And we just deleted him from our Facebook friends.

It’s called friendship balance, people! Balance. Hey, we’re just trying to keep the world intact. We can’t argue with science, for crying out loud.

[ContactMusic: Scherzinger Recording With Slash]


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John Yoo Defies Science

September 24th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

A neuroscientist published a report this week on “enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques” like waterboarding and found that they don’t work, primarily because they cause so much stress, they actually impair memory.

“There is a vast literature on the effects of extreme stress on motivation, mood and memory, using both animals and humans,” writes Shane O’Mara, a stress researcher at Ireland’s Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. “These techniques cause severe, repeated and prolonged stress, which compromises brain tissue supporting memory and executive function.”

Meanwhile, Torture Memo author John Yoo, in his latest column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, is still defending the use of these techniques.

[via Wired]
[John Yoo: Closing Arguments: History shows targeting the CIA is perilous move]

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