Links 1/28/13

Links for you. Science:

The present is the past, the past is the present
An Archive of Ancient Tree DNA Will Help Us Clone the Ones We Destroy (cool, though cloning sabretooths back from extinction TO EAT ALL OF THE STUPID PEOPLE would be more useful)
When are complicated models helpful in psychology research and when are they overkill? (“For the psychologists you’re looking at, the problem is somewhat different: they do want to use statistics to learn, they’re just willing to learn things that aren’t true.” Ouch)
Natural history: Age-old field methods can tell us more about animal behaviour than can laboratory models.
Back to an old topic: Bad Vaccine Math

Other:

The ‘Sully’-ing of American Journalism (must-read)
The Decline of Academic Tenure
Republicans Might Be Outsmarting Themselves on the Electoral College
SIRI RISING: The Inside Story Of Siri’s Origins — And Why She Could Overshadow The iPhone
German court: Internet provider can be sued for damages for down-time
David Brooks Is Right, but He’s Also Wrong
What We Have Less Of
Not Everyone is Living Longer
Mystery Company Posts Job Opportunity For Anti Wind Power Protesters
Swartz didn’t face prison until feds took over case, report says: The late Internet activist was facing a stern warning from local prosecutors. But then the U.S. Attorney’s office, run by Carmen Ortiz, chose to make an example of Aaron Swartz, a new report says. (Ortiz really seems to be incredibly mean-spirited. Glad to see this put a serious dent in her aspirations for higher office)
Pitiful Shit Andrew Sullivan Says, Ctd.
Solar: It’s about to be a whole new world.
Only class war on public schools can rid us of this unhinged ruling class (note: in the UK, public schools are the equivalent of U.S. private schools)
My fake college syllabus: As your professor, I plan to take your money, never read your essays and pretend you’re not checking Facebook (funny)
$6.6 Trillion Retirement Savings Shortfall Shows 401(k)’s No Replacement for Pensions

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