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Does It Matter?

Posted 5 December 2014 by Joe Dramiga

New York City Police suspected Eric Garner of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk. In an attempt to place him under arrest, Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in what NYPD Chief Bill Bratton describes as a chokehold. Garner was pronounced dead about an hour later at a hospital. ... Read more

The Oscar Pistorius Verdict and Theory of Mind

Posted 24 October 2014 by Joe Dramiga

On 19 August 2013 Oscar Pistorius was officially charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Paralympic champion admitted shooting her on Valentine's Day but denied murder, saying he believed she was an intruder. ... Read more

Raw and Uncut 4: The Glow-Worm

Posted 20 October 2014 by Joe Dramiga

Jean Henri Fabre (1823-1915) is considered by many to be the father of modern entomology. Last week I came across an English translation of his “Souvenirs Entomologiques” a series of texts on insects and arachnids. The translation is called “Fabre’s Book of Insects” and was done by Mrs. Rodolph Stawell in 1926. ... Read more

A Cwinye Leng On The Ebola Frontline: The Heroes of Lacor

Posted 23 September 2014 by Joe Dramiga

Up until this year, the largest Ebola outbreak the world had witnessed occurred between 8 October 2000 and 16 January 2001 in Uganda, centered around the town of Gulu. ... Read more

Why HAL 9000 is not a Villain

Posted 21 September 2014 by Joe Dramiga

HAL 9000 is the primary antagonist of the science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) is a board computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with the ship's astronaut crew. ... Read more

Evolution’s Surprise Bag: The African Naked Mole Rat

Posted 11 September 2014 by Joe Dramiga

This beauty wouldn’t win any pageants, but it is a fascinating animal. ... Read more

Felista’s Fable Shows a Woman Struggling with the Stigma of Fistula

Posted 3 September 2014 by Joe Dramiga

Felista’s Fable swept the second annual Uganda Film Festival Awards held on Friday. It took home the awards for Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Isaac Kuddris), Best Feature Film, Film of the Year and Director of the Year (Dilman Dila). ... Read more

Is Dog Barking the Result of Human Artificial Selection?

Posted 25 August 2014 by Joe Dramiga

The Basenji also called the Congo Terrier is native to the Central African forest. Since ages he is used by the pygmies (thought to be the oldest of all humans) to hunt lions. Therefore the basenji is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. He does not bark, but he can make all the same noises that a wolf or coyote can make. He can scream, cry, howl, whine and growl. ... Read more

I Love You To Bits: Female Sex Cannibalism and Male Counter-Adaptation in the Redback Spider

Posted 3 August 2014 by Joe Dramiga

The redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti) is a nocturnal venomous spider found in Australia which displays sexual cannibalism during mating. Female Sex Cannibalism and Post-Copulatory Paternity Choices For the female, killing the male is not such a big deal because she can easily raise the offspring on her own and is able to store the sperm in her reproductive tract called spermathecae for as long as two years to fertilize its eggs later. Females mate with multiple males and research has... Read more

A Tetragametic Woman

Posted 27 April 2014 by Joe Dramiga

A case report by Yu, et. al. in The New England Journal of Medicine narrates the discovery of a tetragametic woman; that is a woman derived from four different gametes, not just two. The 52-year-old came to the doctors' attention because she suffered from focal sclerosing glomerulonephritis and needed a kidney transplant. In preparation for kidney transplantation, she and her immediate family underwent a histocompatibility antigen blood test. The Histocompatibility Antigen Blood Test A histocompatibility antigen blood test looks at... Read more