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by Mokele
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'
Replies: 283
Views: 27814

Re: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'

I'm guessing you don't read a lot of the medical literature. What you're describing is a standard meta analysis. You may be accustomed to fields in which it is easier to obtain larger volumes of noise-free data. In fact, medical research typically produces modest amounts of noisy data. You object t...
by Mokele
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 45621

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

If you consider carbon footprint in the long term, not just per year, then surely vegetarianism and just about everything else pales in comparison the decision to simply not have kids. My carbon footprint, regardless of per-year magnitude, will end in about 50 years (probably a lot less, given my pr...
by Mokele
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'
Replies: 283
Views: 27814

Re: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'

Scientific merits aside, it does seem to be a needlessly invasive and minimal effective solution compared to condoms.
by Mokele
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'
Replies: 283
Views: 27814

Re: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'

Thanks for the link, it includes a few studies I wasn't aware of. I'm re-reading the major meta-study now, to refresh my memory. The bad news is I'm already tearing my hair out over it. "X of the studies found a protective effect, half of which were statistically significant." NO! NO NO NO...
by Mokele
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'
Replies: 283
Views: 27814

Re: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'

I've actually read the studies this is based on, and I'm sad to see that apparently the CDC needs a course in remedial statistics. In the actual studies, they'd follow two groups of people (cut and uncut) for a period of time, and determine how many of each caught HIV. Sounds good, right? Here's the...
by Mokele
Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is college pointless? (aside from the formality of it)
Replies: 9
Views: 1297

Re: Is college pointless? (aside from the formality of it)

but I did grow a lot in doing undergraduate research (probably not available at your school) I'll second this. The undergrad where I got my BS in bio was pretty crappy, but I started working early on for an excellent adviser who expected a LOT out of me (and everyone else), and I stayed on to do my...
by Mokele
Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The US college and HS system - explain it for me
Replies: 23
Views: 2871

Re: The US college and HS system - explain it for me

Ahh, you're right, I was just fooled because they don't have graduate degrees in my field (apparently they only have them in one field, psychology).
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 45621

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

It should be noted that much of that waste is due to the particular meat animals. Mammals and birds are incredibly wasteful creatures, converting less than 5% of ingested mass into body mass (the rest is mostly burnt off a heat). In contrast, ectotherms such as fish, crustaceans, etc. can convert in...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dangerous dogs in Denmark
Replies: 29
Views: 3115

Re: Dangerous dogs in Denmark

Except the justice system applies to a sapient species capable of advanced thought, long-term reasoning, etc. Notice that it doesn't apply to those judged by the court incompetent to stand trial as a result of mental defect. Now figure out where an animal that voluntarily licks its own anus fits in ...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The where are you going to Uni 2009 thread
Replies: 43
Views: 4532

Re: The where are you going to Uni 2009 thread

Brown University for Biology (PhD)
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Airplane on treadmill - a different question
Replies: 12
Views: 1464

Re: Airplane on treadmill - a different question

The treadmill is irrelevant. An airplane moves by ejecting mass backwards at some given speed, resulting in an equal and opposite reaction. A treadmill cannot generate sufficient opposing force because any force would be tangential to the airplane wheels, causing them to simply rotate faster but imp...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mammal-eating plant rediscovered.
Replies: 11
Views: 2210

Re: Mammal-eating plant rediscovered.

Not nepenthes, but you may have some luck with aquatic bladderworts. Unfortunately, even the largest one has traps no bigger than 1/4th inch, though they do have beautiful flowers.
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dangerous dogs in Denmark
Replies: 29
Views: 3115

Re: Dangerous dogs in Denmark

It's worth noting that there's not just general "aggression". Dogs may be aggressive towards humans only, other dogs only, both, or even some specific subset of either (only men, only large breeds, etc.). And in each case, there's true aggression as well as fear-based aggression. The diffi...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mammal-eating plant rediscovered.
Replies: 11
Views: 2210

Re: Mammal-eating plant rediscovered.

My friend gave me a Nepenthes about a week ago for my new apartment. It's a pretty cool plant; a roach somehow found it's way into one of the pitchers, Sounds like a fun friend! Distilled water and indirect sunlight, and it should flourish (no fertilizer - it'll kill them). I had to give my first o...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mammal-eating plant rediscovered.
Replies: 11
Views: 2210

Re: Mammal-eating plant rediscovered.

The mad scientist in me says to breed these things to be super huge.


Oh, we already are...

They're great plants, I owned almost a dozen Nepenthes species before my last move. Surprisingly easy to grow once you know their needs (which are pretty few, actually).
by Mokele
Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life expectancy of scientists
Replies: 32
Views: 5794

Re: Life expectancy of scientists

Ouch. Reminds me of a story (omitted due to being Nightmare Fuel) involving a drunk redneck, a very large rattlesnake, and a similar anatomical location. And lots of necrotizing tissue damage.
by Mokele
Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dangerous dogs in Denmark
Replies: 29
Views: 3115

Re: Dangerous dogs in Denmark

Show me where I "misread". I quoted him exactly. You're merely imposing your own subjective interpretation ("oh, he wouldn't actually do that") in an attempt to cast what Lucrece reported doing in his own words as less than dickish and hypocritical. I actually agree with your int...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Grip Strength
Replies: 3
Views: 1148

Re: Grip Strength

Basically, grip muscles are the same as any other muscles, so you're basically training your flexor digitorum superficialis & profundus the same way you'd train your biceps to do be able to curl heavier weights - low reps, high resistance. Those hand-springs aren't adjustable, but I've seen them...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dangerous dogs in Denmark
Replies: 29
Views: 3115

Re: Dangerous dogs in Denmark

I saw owners specifically taking their beasts out and setting them loose on cats and ducks just for the amusement of seeing their little monster tearing some poor creature apart. I've had to threaten several people with poisoning/shooting their dog So, you respond to cruelty to animals by...threate...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dangerous dogs in Denmark
Replies: 29
Views: 3115

Re: Dangerous dogs in Denmark

Honestly, it's breeds like labradors & golden retrievers that cause the most bites, and most "bully breeds" are fine - it's the owners who are the problem. IMHO, there just needs to be a general social recognition (and legal enforcement) that, when you own an animal, you are responsibl...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life expectancy of scientists
Replies: 32
Views: 5794

Re: Life expectancy of scientists

I dunno about racist, but crazy is a default state for field people. Quote I've actually heard "Wow, look at this snake I caught! I wonder if it's venomous?" while holding said snake with a bare hand. Quote I've actually said, while holding the animal with bare hands "It's just a smal...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Small or Big Fists?
Replies: 31
Views: 6422

Re: Small or Big Fists?

Honestly, unless your fists are *freakishly* small, it won't make a difference. And even though a smaller fist will concentrate the impact on a smaller area, it will also greatly reduce the strength of the metacarpals (the long, vaguely cylindrical bones that make up most of your hand). If we halve ...
by Mokele
Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The US college and HS system - explain it for me
Replies: 23
Views: 2871

Re: The US college and HS system - explain it for me

General terminology: a university almost always offers a PhD program. "Colleges" usually do not, but this is only in the naming of the institution. Although I attend Cornell University (which offers PhD programs), I "packed for college" "drove to college" and am curren...
by Mokele
Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaur runway discovered
Replies: 14
Views: 1705

Re: Dinosaur runway discovered

http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/a ... /212/7/945

If you have university access, you should be able to get the pdf. If not, JEB makes all papers freely available after 6 months, so this one will be available in a month. He's got the videos up here: http://www.noctilio.com/movies.html
by Mokele
Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaur runway discovered
Replies: 14
Views: 1705

Re: Dinosaur runway discovered

Maybe they're even more similar to bats, since bats do use their arms to grab onto whatever they're landing on... Actually, only some bats do. There was a recent study, the first ever on bat landings, that compared impact forces and landing method between two species, one that lands on cave roofs a...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life expectancy of scientists
Replies: 32
Views: 5794

Re: Life expectancy of scientists

Herpetology *definitely* has a lower than average life expectancy. You'll find obituaries of faculty, psot-docs and unlucky grad students all the time from venomous snakebite, and we have had two major figures in the field die because after being bitten they said "Well, it's never killed anyone...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tiny snake found on the carpet
Replies: 12
Views: 3326

Re: Tiny snake found on the carpet

It's Ramphotyphlops braminus , the only snake with a worldwide range (aside from Antarctica, of course). It's a parthenogenic species (females reproduce without the need to mate) that tends to wind up in the potting soil of exotic garden plants, thus hitching a ride all over the place. It's part of ...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Venom, Poison and Germs
Replies: 8
Views: 1597

Re: Venom, Poison and Germs

I know that for snakes, at least in once incidence, they're partially immune to the effects of their own venom. I have a zoo curator friend who has a passion and talent for venomous snakes, and often adopts and rehabilitates them. A few years ago, a venom line (where snakes are 'milked' in order to ...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does this exist?
Replies: 3
Views: 924

Re: Does this exist?

Supergiant trees you can build numerous houses in, no. The tropical mountains, though, yes, absolutely. Google some pictures of the highlands of Borneo and Papua/New Guinea. I've seem similar, but smaller, versions in the northern end of Guam. Hawai'i also has some similar areas. They're often calle...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2349197

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm Mokele, a general biology geek with a special passion for reptiles & amphibians.

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