Wow, what a crazy weekend. I had a lot of fun at ASH 2010 and I’ll put up a post on that soon. If any readers are contemplating a trip to Orlando, I have to warn you – the water is absolutely disgusting. At the convention centre, at the hotel… everywhere… I do not advocate bottled water, but I kid you not, the tap water smelled and tasted like swamp. I am eternally grateful to live in Vancouver where the water is decent and good food is the norm rather than the exception!!
- The world this week has been fixated on the Wikileaks cable releases and the subsequent back lash from the United States government. I think as writers, we should all be concerned when governments begin to pressure private companies to take action against a publisher of information, be it Wikileaks or your local newspaper. Where is the backlash against the person who actually stole the information in the first place?
- Speaking of media – scientists and bloggers have rallied together to critique and question NASA’s press release and publication on arsenic-based life, and NASA’s subsequent dismissal of the “credibility” of bloggers.
- The recent shark attacks in Egypt are now being attributed to multiple sharks. While frightening for tourists and residents, I can’t shake the dark feeling that some people will again use these attacks to justify hunting sharks, when in fact, illegal feeding and irresponsible “tourism” is most likely to blame.
Not a lot of good news, I’m afraid! On my end, I will be finishing up part 2 of both the biogeography and rodent anesthesia series this week, stay tuned! I should also have a new blog coming up on the Stem Cell Network in the next week or two.