Generation V Pokémon, or bisphosphonate drug?

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A Generation I treatment. Notorious for its side effects.

Listed here are ten of the new Generation V Pokémon, and ten commercial names for bisphosphonate drugs [generally prescribed for osteoporosis or related conditions].
Click to see which are which!
  1. Accelgor
  2. Aclasta
  3. Actonel
  4. Aredia
  5. Basculin
  6. Beartic
  7. Bonefos
  8. Boniva
  9. Clasteon
  10. Didronel
  11. Durant
  12. Emolga
  13. Fosamax
  14. Fraxure
  15. Kyurem
  16. Skelid
  17. Solosis
  18. Virizion
  19. Zekrom
  20. Zometa
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Dude, where’s my bibliography?

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  1. Greven D [2002]. Dude, where’s my gender?: Contemporary teen comedies and new forms of masculinity. Cineaste 27[3]: 14.
  2. Welsh JM [2002]. Classic demolition: Why Shakespeare is not exactly “our contemporary”, or, “Dude, where’s my hankie?” Literature / Film Quarterly 30: 223.
  3. Halberstam J [2003]. Dude, where’s my gender? or, Is there life on Uranus? GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 10[2]: 308.
  4. Ablin RL, P Kinshella [2004]. Dude, where’s my pipe? Accelerated corrosion rate threatens Phoenix sewers. American Society of Civil Engineers Conference Proceedings 146: 81.
  5. Barreto MA, L DeSipio [2004]. Dude, where’s my district? The electoral consequences of the gain and loss of Latino representation in Los Angeles. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 2004.
  6. Daasch R, M Rehani [2004]. Dude! Where’s my data? Cracking open the hermetically sealed tester. In proceedings of International Test Conference, 2004.
  7. Brennan L [2005]. Dude! Where’s my paradigm? Creating conversations when you don’t see eye to eye. Paper presented at the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) Research on Research and Early Career Researcher Development Conferences, 2005.
  8. Cutler S, P McCourt [2005]. Dude, where’s my phenotype? Dealing with redundancy in signaling networks. Plant Physiology 138: 558.
  9. Isla D [2005]. Dude, where’s my warthog? From pathfinding to general spatial competence. In proceedings of AIIDE Conference, 2005.
  10. Friedman M, L Garnett, M Pinnock [2005]. Dude, where’s my outcomes? Partnership working and outcome-based accountability in the UK. In Safeguarding and Promoting the Well-Being of Children, Families and Communities. Scott, J., Ward, H. [eds]. Jessica Kingsley [London]: 245.
  11. Banerjee A, A Mitra, M Faloutsos [2006]. Dude, where’s my peer? In proceedings of Globecom 2006, ISET.
  12. Abhyankar SM [2007]. Dude, where’s my wine? The potential effect of Granholm v. Heald on Georgia direct wine shipment regulations. Georgia State University Law Review23[3]: 631.
  13. Brown C [2007]. Dude, where’s my black studies department? The disappearance of black Americans from our universities. North Atlantic Books [Berkeley, CA].
  14. Considine M [2007]. Dude, where’s my training? The education of media teachers. Screen Education 39: 110.
  15. Eathington L, D Swenson [2007]. Dude, where’s my corn? Constraints on the location of ethanol production in the corn belt. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association, 2007.
  16. Hayes D, S McKee [2007]. Dude, where’s my incumbent? Voter rolloff and the information costs of redistricting. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the State Politics and Policy Conference, 2007.
  17. Buhaug H [2010]. Dude, where’s my conflict? LSG, relative strength, and the location of civil war. Conflict Management and Peace Science 27[2]: 107.
  18. Cheung F [2010]. Tooth development: Dude, where’s my CaR? Nature China doi:10.1038/nchina.2010.47
  19. Gill P, Y Ganjali, B Wong, D Lie [2010]. Dude, where’s that IP? Circumventing measurement-based IP geolocation. In proceedings of the 19th USENIX Security Symposium, 2010.

NCAA tournament picks from the National Institutes of Heath

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Straight from the study section, inspired by Chad Orzel, here’s how the NCAA men’s tournament promises to unfold, based on total NIH funding awarded to each college in 2010. We can’t assume that the school with more governmentally supported biomedical research will always win, but that’s probably the best prediction method now available.

The NIH bracket picks seem more astute than the physics-rankings bracket. We could have a Princeton – Penn State – Illinois – UCSB Final Four, but I’m putting my money on Washington – Michigan – Pitt – Vanderbilt.

Excerpt displayed; click the image or click here for the full bracket. Click here for pdf.

Methodology:

  • This is entirely based on the 2010 “Domestic Higher Education” spreadsheet available from the NIH here [downloadable .xls file]. I sorted it by the name of the institution [column A], tried to find any instances of an institution being listed under multiple names, and for each institution, added up the total dollars awarded [column G]. Next to each team is the amount of NIH funding [in thousands].
  • For a school that is part of a large university system, I didn’t include all the funding for its other campuses, unless they’re in the same city as the school itself. This leads to UT-San Antonio getting credit for the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Arkansas-Little Rock getting credit for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
  • This rule hurt universities whose medical school or health science center is not in the same place as the main campus, particularly Tennessee, Texas [Austin], Kansas, Penn State and UConn. Although Kansas would still lose the 1-16 game if we include the Medical Center in Kansas City.

Notes:

  • UNLV only got a million dollars from the NIH this year? Half as much as the Oakland Golden Grizzlies? UNLV is a huge research university. What are they doing over there?
  • Yes, Villanova were awarded no NIH funding last year. $0, less than Earlham College or Bloomsburg. They were on the 2009 spreadsheet, thanks to Dr. Jennifer Palenchar‘s work on trypanosome RNA synthesis.
  • Yes, that’s exactly $8,000 for Indiana State. And it’s not to set up a website or something, it’s to Dr. Allan Albig for “Mechanisms by which MAGP-2 promotes angiogenesis”. A small carryover from the $153,000 he got in 2009.
  • The least-funded school in the NIH Sweet Sixteen is Marquette, barely beating out BYU.
  • Tough result for the ACC, with Duke and UNC losing to juggernauts in the first weekend.
  • The overall champion’s performance is especially impressive since it doesn’t include the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

36 evocatively named agricultural diseases

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Sources: Oregon State, NDSU, Penn StateWashington State, Cornell, Alabama A&M / AuburnWikipedia

To my boss and concerned family members: This took about an hour.

  • Gummy stem blight
  • Punky bulb
  • Young vine decline
  • Crown gall
  • Dwarf smut
  • Oat blast
  • Soilborne oat mosaic
  • Karnal bunt
  • Thousand Cankers Disease
  • Pasmo
  • Basil Downy Mildew [British poet laureate 1892-1896]
  • Victoria Blight [Wimbledon semifinalist 1924]
  • Kabatina tip blight
  • Cabbage maggot
  • Clubroot of crucifers
  • Anthracnose of cucurbits
  • Black leg of rapeseed
  • Verticillium wilt
  • St. Augustine Decline
  • Crazy top
  • Glume blotch
  • Black wood vessel
  • Mummyberry
  • Motley dwarf
  • Sun scald
  • Spur blight
  • Apple stem grooving virus
  • Artichoke Italian latent virus
  • Beet black scorch virus
  • Beet distortion mosaic virus
  • Beet western yellows virus
  • High plains virus
  • Rice ragged stunt virus
  • Tomato bushy stunt virus
  • Tulip breaking virus
  • Potato Virus X