Pics of the flu virus and some its components [Effect Measure]

We talk so much about the flu virus we thought we'd show you some nice pics that CDC has just put up. This is a review for many of you put reviews are always helpful. In these three pics, only one is the actual swine flu virus, the other two being "cartoon" depictions of a generic influenza virus. The cartoons are quite nice and helpful to see what you are looking at in the electron micrograph of influenza virions (virus particles), probably grown in tissue culture. I say "probably" because there is no other information on the site other than the micrograph was taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory, but when the virus grows in your lungs it usually isn't nice and spherical like this but assumes many shapes, often elongated and strand-like. Looking at the photomicrograph, though, you see the essentials. Here it is:

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‘ Atheism is the new fundamentalism’ by Debate – Intelligence Squared – RichardDawkins.net

A live debate is coming up at 6:45 GMT…I think that means in about half an hour. The topic is one that irritates me greatly: "Atheism is the New Fundamentalism". Arguing for the motion is Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford, and Charles Moore. former editor of the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. I know nothing about either of them. Against the motion, the godless have once again fielded their A team: Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling.

I forecast another rout in favor of the heathenish barbarians with prestigious academic appointments.

It will be streamed live at the intelligence2 site.

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‘Atheism is the new fundamentalism’ by Debate – Intelligence Squared

A live debate is coming up at 6:45 GMT…I think that means in about half an hour. The topic is one that irritates me greatly: "Atheism is the New Fundamentalism". Arguing for the motion is Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford, and Charles Moore. former editor of the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. I know nothing about either of them. Against the motion, the godless have once again fielded their A team: Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling.

I forecast another rout in favor of the heathenish barbarians with prestigious academic appointments.

It will be streamed live at the intelligence2 site.


People are live-twittering the debate, too — look for the hashtag #iq2atheism.


The final vote in this debate was against the motion, "Atheism is the new fundamentalism," by 1070 votes to 363. That's just the audience in attendance; the online vote was even more lopsided, 877 to 35.

My overall opinion was that Grayling was humane, gentle, and thoughtful, and spoke well for humanism. Dawkins provided a good sharp edge with cogent criticisms of the ideas of the theists. He did not stoop to the kinds of ad hominem the theists engaged in in this debate.

On the theist side, Harries was dithering and only brought up tired old claims about atheism…he also got slapped down good when he claimed Dawkins never admitted to any doubt in any of his books, and Dawkins simply cited the title of chapter 4 of The God Delusion: "Why there almost certainly is no god." Moore was awful, simply a rabid little shitstain. I think he lost the debate right right at the beginning when he made up that analogy of science being like a narrow beam spotlight in a prison camp, with Dawkins as the commandant ordering the prisoners to be shot. He was a genuinely despicable little freak.

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Humanly Impossible: Mindbending Backbender

Scientists investigate how Iona maneuvers herself into deep backbends and is able to suspend her body with her teeth. Humanly Impossible : SUN DEC 6 8P et/pt : channel.nationalgeographic.com
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Australian aims to breed ‘green’ sheep that burp less

29/11/2009 BBC Australian scientists have said they are hoping to breed sheep that burp less as part of efforts to tackle climate change.The scientists have been trying to identify a genetic link that causes some sheep to belch less than others. Burping is a far greater cause of emissions in sheep than flatulence, they say. [...]

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Fishing with Emperor Penguins

Fish... and play... with these masters of the ice.
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Nepal cabinet to meet on Mount Everest to highlight the threat global warming poses to glaciers.

29/11/2009 BBC On 4 December prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and those politicians physically fit enough will ascend 17,192ft (5,250m) to base camp.In October the Maldives held a cabinet meeting underwater to warn of the effect of rising sea levels. This meeting, to be held before the Copenhagen climate conference, aims to highlight Himalayan glacier [...]

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@amcunningham Glad you got that worked out. Sorry if I confused things more.

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Birdbooker Report 93-94 [Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)]

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"How does one distinguish a truly civilized nation from an aggregation of
barbarians? That is easy. A civilized country produces much good bird
literature."
--Edgar Kincaid

The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that currently are, or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle birding pals and book collector, Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, and is edited by me and published here for your information and enjoyment. Below the fold is this week's issue of The Birdbooker Report which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.

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