On Dean’s Corner, Jeffrey Toney reports the winners of Google’s first Science Fair, and in all age groups the winner was a girl. They researched some very challenging and relevant topics: Lauren “studied the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken,” Naomi “endeavored to prove that making changes to indoor environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on asthma medications,” and Shree “discovered a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.” On a mostly unrelated note, Josh Rosenau transcribed the responses of all 50 Miss USA contestants to the question, “Should evolution be taught in schools?” While most said we should teach “both sides,” winner Miss California said “I was taught evolution in my high school growing up, and I do believe in it, I mean I’m a huge science geek, so I like to believe in like the big bang theory, and you know, the evolution of humans you know, throughout, you know, time.” Amen to that, sister.


Now, Never, or Next Year

i-6ffedc6ebc9127ff6c2fa0f73b537eab-procbuzz.jpgListen up, procrastinators—Coturnix reminds us on A Blog Around the Clock that we only have until the stroke of midnight to submit the best blog entries of the year to OpenLab 2009. He writes “we are looking for original poems, art, cartoons and comics” as well as essays. You can see which posts have already been nominated, and order previous years’ editions. So start scrounging the archives! And while you’re at it, head over to Effect Measure to learn about the inner workings of viruses from Revere. You can compare photomicrographs of the swine flu virus with highly detailed, colorful “cartoon” models of a virus, courtesy of the CDC. Then for more eye-catching images, see one of GrrlScientist’s last photos of New York City on Living the Scientific Life (Scientist Interrupted), and take in a psychedelic poster of DNA transforming into life on Jessica Palmer’s Bioephemera. Don’t put it off, do it now! You will thank yourself later.

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