Author Archives: Abel

“Rosie the Riveter” was a Black woman

I’m off for another all-day work event that will leave me without internet, not even on the iPhone, so I leave you with some cultural anthropology to muse over as you while away your Friday. I read the Denver Post all the time online but I somehow missed last week’s photo gallery of rare color […]

From Mind Hacks: Illegal drugs found in legal highs sold in the UK

I’ve been kind of tied up with work things this week so my apologies for lack of original content. But I just had to share this with you because it was so reminiscent of the herbal adulteration story I brought you just a few days ago. Many times when I post something on drugs that […]

Scientopia launches – let there be w00t!

I’m delighted to announcement the launch of a new blogger-run, blogger-sponsored science blogging collective: Scientopia. A fantastic group of 30 bloggers at 23 blogs, split roughly between former ScienceBloggers and many of my favorite science bloggers, have joined together to form this new network. No advertisements (yet) and a beautiful, clean interface. The efforts put […]

Congratulations to Anton Zuiker on 10 years of blogging!

Anton Zuiker, author of the mistersugar blog, posted Friday on the occasion of his 10th anniversary of blogging. Here was my comment: Congratulations, Anton! Your love for a good story and selfless innovative thinking about community infected me five years ago and I consider myself extremely enriched by having you in my real and online […]

#IOweBora update: You people are amazing

I just wanted to send out a heartfelt “thank-you” to everyone who has, and continues, to donate to support The Blogfather, Bora Zivkovic, and his family. As  you know, Bora left ScienceBlogs in the Pepsigate/sbfail “DiasBora” thereby giving up some income essential to his family for groceries and such. Almost 100 of you lovely folks […]

URGENT FDA WARNING: Do not use Miracle Mineral Solution

This FDA warning just came across my newsfeed regarding “Miracle Mineral Solution” or “Miracle Mineral Supplement” – also abbreviated MMS. This is absolutely obscene. FDA NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: July 30, 2010 Media Inquiries: Elaine Gansz Bobo, 301-796-7567, Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA FDA Warns Consumers of Serious Harm from Drinking Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) […]

Support for Duke breast cancer colleagues post-Potti

I came home yesterday and looked at the mail with a shudder: the Summer 2010 issue of the biannual Duke Medicine DukeMed magazine greeted me with a cover on personal genomics in breast cancer. Oh no. As a twice-yearly publication, it was probably published weeks ago and was sitting in a warehouse ready for mailing. […]

Five favorite molecules

This post was meant to go up yesterday but I was distracted by the lengthy conversation I had with my wife, a physician-scientist, about this very topic. Many of you who attended the ScienceOnline2010 conference here last January probably met Carmen Drahl, the Princeton-trained chemist who now writes for Chemical & Engineering News and their […]

New blog home, same old story: dietary supplement adulteration with prescription drugs

If you are new to this blog, you should know that our laboratory and collaborators work on all aspects of physiologically-active compounds from natural sources – plants, fungi, bacteria, marine organisms, etc. So, I am equally interested in prescription drugs and herbal or non-botanical dietary supplements. There are still some products on the shelves of […]

Wake Tech Community College stands out in national faculty workplace survey

The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published its survey results for the 2010 edition of Great Colleges to Work For (in the United States). The entire methodology is behind a paywall but here’s what I can share without violating the conditions of my personal subscription: This year The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to […]


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