science humor

Fun, geeky turkey facts for the Thanksgiving dinner table

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Americans eat tens of millions of turkeys each year on Thanksgiving, but what the heck is a turkey really? It’s a heckuva of strange bird, isn’t it? They are so big my 110-lb dog Mica won’t go after them. Also, this year during the pandemic we may be eating a lot less turkey collectively so …

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Halloween costumes that really scare scientists

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Some scientists, even on Halloween, might be relatively immune to the fear of things that nonetheless freak out many everyday normal people. Brains, powerful lasers, antibiotic resistant genetically-modified bacteria, potent viruses, radioactivity. The list goes on and on. Mutant cells and animals. DNA containing cancer-causing genes. So as Halloween approaches, what does scare the heck out …

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Science humor: penalties we’d get if research was like sports

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Time for some science humor. For past attempts at humor on this blog see here. Today, I’m asking: if science was more like sports such as football, soccer, basketball, etc., what penalties and fouls would us scientists get? Here is a humorous look at the things we mess up in small or mondo ways as …

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Robots versus scientists

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Robots versus scientists? Over the centuries, humans have sometimes had a fear of replacement, whether it is by another human as exemplified in Dostoevsky’s classic short story The Double (or other literature on doubles/doppelgängers) or by machines, most notably robots. Could we be replaced by robots, artificial intelligence (AI), or cyborgs? In some ways, robots …

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Giant Pumpkin Stem Cell Supplement Cream: Halloween Satire

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We’ve bottled the power of giant pumpkin stem cell magic and are providing it to the world! Giant Pumpkin Stem Cell Elixir Anti-aging Supplement & Cream-In-OneTM is your ticket to a better life. What does this stem cell supplement do? It’s all good and huge! Celebrities are some of our biggest customers. Even if they …

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Stem cells run amok: Jill Howlin’s satirical cartoon look

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Jill Howlin’s drawings about science and policy have a unique, edgy style that packs a punch. I have invited her to weigh in here now and then with new illustrations that touch upon stem cell or other innovative biomedical matters. Jill’s new drawing today relates to some key stem cell issues such as clinical safety, choice of stem cells, homologous …

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