Monthly Archives: October 2012

Links 10/31/12

Links for you. Science: Is the Analysis of Gene Expression Based on an Erroneous Assumption? Sharing and re-use of phylogenetic trees (and associated data) to facilitate synthesis How motivated I am after a conference Despite record of saving lives and … Continue reading

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Halloween Treats Come Early: Dogs on Parade

For the last two years, the Esplanade Association of Boston has hosted “Dogs on Parade“, wherein dogs are subjected to ridiculous Halloween costumery and paraded around Boston’s Esplanade. Since the only redeeming value of the internet is silly animal videos, … Continue reading

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Romney, Ideology, and the 2005 Greenfield Flood

One of the things Romney ultimately can’t run from is his record of governance in Massachusetts, and, as Charles Pierce notes, it’s a doozy. Not only he respond poorly, but he also refused to honor interstate agreements to prevent floods … Continue reading

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Links 10/30/12

Links for you. Science: Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #639 Fish Out of Water: Live Shark Found at San Juan Hills Golf Course The work-life balance: How many hours do Professors work? The Real Costs of Research Belief … Continue reading

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I Hope You Survived Frankenstorm

As far as I can tell, most of Boston did alright, but New York City was hammered. Last night, NYU Medical Center’s Neonatal and Pediatric ICUs had to be evacuated, and Coney Island Hospital could not be reached by emergency … Continue reading

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Better a Teacher Than a Purveyor of ‘Insight’

Boris Kachka has an interesting retrospective on l’affaire Lehrer, “Proust Wasn’t a Neuroscientist. Neither was Jonah Lehrer.” This bit, as Lehrer pleaded with a journalist not to be outed, is pretty revealing (boldface mine): The next morning, a desperate Lehrer … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Education, News Media | 2 Comments

Links 10/29/12

Links for you. Science: How much can you really trust splashy study findings? Rejection Improves Your Papers? Top 5 scariest species…from, er, DNA? We regret to inform you that your paper has not been accepted and We are pleased to … Continue reading

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Rose Lingering, Darkly

Observed on Commonwealth Avenue, Back Bay, Boston: Sadly, I think Frankenstorm will kill all of the remaining roses (they’re tough, but 75mph gusts are a little much to handle).

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The Republican Party Is Not Full of Racists: It Just Panders to Them

And the distinction is very important. Noah Smith recently fired this over the Twitters: Well, WE HAZ DATAZ. And we like sharing. According to a poll by the AP, the Republican Party does contain more racists, but that’s damning with … Continue reading

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Links 10/28/12

Links for you. Science: Why Are Environmentalists Taking Anti-Science Positions? On issues ranging from genetically modified crops to nuclear power, environmentalists are increasingly refusing to listen to scientific arguments that challenge standard green positions. This approach risks weakening the environmental … Continue reading

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