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This air purifier ad from Sharp is a little creepy, in a Spongebob Squarepants way. I love how you can see their fluorescent organelles! Unfortunately I don't see anything here that resembles a virus, but with swine flu all over the news, this serves as a good reminder to wash your hands. Ad by Takho Lau for ad agency M&C Saatchi of Hong Kong. Found via Next Nature Read the comments on this post... ... (more)

Is it me or is the Swine Flu waaay overrated? A case of the Availability Heuristic. [Of Two Minds]

I think it's a bit like terrorism. It scares the shit out of you but there's next to zero chance it will actually happen to you. Seriously... you have a much much higher chance of choking on a twinky (even if you've never eaten one) than catching the swine flu and dying or being or even seeing a terrorist attack. Talk about a great case of the Availability Heuristic... Here's a demo for you to try out (I use this to teach Psych 100). The correct answers are below the fold. Which is the more common cause of death in the USA? 1. A) Asthma B) Meningitis 2. A) Breast Cancer B) Stomac... (more)

Why not just castrate them? (Part 2): The mainstream media finally notices the Geiers' Lupron protocol [Respectful Insolence]

I originally joined this wild and woolly collective known as ScienceBlogs back in February 2006. I was not part of the very first wave of bloggers who made up ScienceBlogs when it launched, although I potentially could have, mainly because I had to work out policies about outside employment with my university before I could join up. In any case, one of the very first posts that I did back then that made a bit of a splash was a little ditty I called in my usual inimitable and restrained fashion, Why not just castrate them? It was the dark saga of an even darker father-and-son tag t... (more)

Google Map of H1N1 Swine Flu [The Corpus Callosum]

Just a few quick interesting links: Google Map of H1N1 Swine Flu Cases (HT: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog) Google Flu Trends We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems. Veratect Swine Flu Twitter feed Best of luck to all. Read the comments on this post... ... (more)

Treating AIDS is not a crime [Effect Measure]

Most of us would agree that treating AIDS is not a crime. "Most of us" apparently doesn't include the Iranian judiciary and the Iranian government. We have posted on it several times (here, here, here) but for new readers, here's some background: Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post... ... (more)