Blog monkey needs your help

Dr. Marc van Roosmalen is trying to protect this new species of black, woolly monkey and other new species in the Amazon jungle.

Cutest monkey ever

Cutest monkey ever

Donations will help to fund his research and protect the habitat for these animals. If he gets $31,000, he promises to name it the Blog Monkey — Lagothrix blogii.

Hat tip to PZ Myers at Pharyngula: “Blog Monkey.”

Earth as art

An alluvial fan in China

An alluvial fan in China

Our Earth as Art is a NASA web site with images of the earth from satellite heights. Many of them are both intriguing and beautiful. Each has a brief explanation of where and what it is.

Clicking on the images takes you to a high-resolution version. They can be used as large postcards and they are in the public domain.

HPV innoculation protects against three cancers

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The inoculation against human papillomavirus was developed to protect against cervical cancer. Not the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has shown that it also protects against vaginal and vulval cancer. The vaccine is known as Gardasil.

The Food and Drug Administration has updated the label of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, adding new information about its protective effects against two other gynecological cancers.

The new labeling indicates the vaccine also protects against cancers of the vagina and vulva, which affect more than 5,000 women in the U.S. each year, according to Merck….

Merck has already scaled back full-year sales estimates for Gardasil from between $1.9 billion and $2.1 billion to between $1.4 billion and $1.6 billion, following regulatory setbacks and challenges making inroads with young adult patients.

First approved in 2006, Gardasil is the only cervical cancer vaccine approved for the lucrative U.S. market, though Merck has had limited success expanding use.

Stages of cervical cancer

Stages of cervical cancer

Pseudoscience: the expanding Earth

Eric at The Dynamic Earth blog dissects the nonsense of “the expanding earth” pseudoscience.

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