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Pew has a detailed run down on the surge in motivation for information about swine flu. The brief analysis goes on to discuss strategies CDC had put in place to be ready to "pull" audiences in when an infectious disease outbreak occurred: The prominent position of the CDC on these lists may be owing in substantial part to the government's earlier recognition of the usefulness of Google search tools in tracking the actual spread of diseases. Google's Flu Trends tracks certain search terms to estimate possible flu activity at a state level - and it does this far more quickly than the CDC's standard surveillance system can. Google shared its data with the CDC during the 2007-2008 flu season and analysis has shown that the near real-time search data were remarkably accurate in tracking the actual outbreak of cases across the country over the last five years. The website... (more)

Clocks, sleep and non-visual photoreception on Scienceblogs.com [A Blog Around The Clock]

I am not the only one on ScienceBlogs.com to write about circadian rhythms, sleep and (non-visual) photoreception. Over the years, my SciBlings have written about these and related topics as well. Here is a sampler - go and dig for more on their blogs. Stimulant Improves Sleep Locked-In Syndrome Opioids and Sleep Disorders Home Testing for Sleep Apnea? Pure Hypomanics: Living Zippedy Doo Dah Lives? SFN Update: Sleep Deprivation Impacts Memory, Reduces Hippocampal Activity Data Faker Turns Himself In Agomelatine: A New Approach For Depression Casual Fridays: Dave FINALLY finishes analyzi... (more)

Making influenza fun! SNEEZE! [erv]

No idea what this website is (Routes?), but they have some fun science themed (loosely science based) Flash games, like SNEEZE! They also have 'DNA Hero'-- Guitar Hero with ACTG sequences, and 'Ginger Dawn'-- increase the frequency of that recessive gene, baby! LOL! And it looks like there are a few more games in the works... gonna have to investigate this site more. Read the comments on this post... ... (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)

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)