Monthly Archives: February 2013

Links 2/28/13

Links for you. Science: There Should Be Grandeur: Basic Science in the Shadow of the Sequester (excellent, though you’ve heard it here before) The Social and Ecological Integration of Captive-Raised Adolescent Male African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) into a Wild Population … Continue reading

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When’s the Last Time You’ve Heard a Bailed-Out Investment Banker or a Defense Contractor Say This?

Money I have in existing grant for my summer salary will go to pay my students in absence of NSF funding. #studentsfirst #sequester— skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) February 27, 2013 I’m guessing never. Just saying. Anger is the appropriate emotion.

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The People Prefer Plan C

No, that’s not a new form of contraception. Business Insider and Survey Monkey conducted a poll asking people to indicate which of three sequestration-avoidance plans they preferred (or letting the sequester happen), but they were very clever. They labelled the … Continue reading

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Links 2/27/13

Links for you. Science: “Shithead was a unique individual”….the quirks and foibles of Komodo Dragons A 3 Billion Dollar Mistake: Why the American government should think twice about a Brain Activity Map (BAM) Roger Highfield: ‘Raise your IQ instantly — … Continue reading

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Sequestration Will Be the New Normal

One thing about the sequestration (the across the board budget cuts that will take place March 1) that most people don’t realize is that they are supposed to be the new baseline, the ‘new normal.’ I suspect a lot of … Continue reading

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So I Really Did Get Overcharged for a Saline IV

By now, you might have come across this Time article by Stephen Brill about the completely ridiculous price scheme in our medical non-system. Here’s one example (boldface mine): The top billing categories were $73,376 for Scott’s room; $94,799 for “RESP … Continue reading

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Links 2/26/13

Links for you. Science: Ecologists need to do a better job of prediction – Part III – mechanistic or phenomenological? (excellent) How to Build a Giant Dinosaur A simpler explanation for the sociality-haplodiploidy connection? In a Tiny NY Village, Bacteria … Continue reading

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Boston Has Thieving Zombies

By way of Universal Hub, we come across the following Boston police report (boldface mine): The 27 year old female victim informed officers she was walking down Green Street near High Street when two white males asked her for a … Continue reading

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What Sequestration Means to Me As a Scientist

For those who don’t know, on March 1, the sequester of the federal budget kicks in, which will reduce federal spending across the board by about eight percent for all non-military items (military spending is cut by about nine percent). … Continue reading

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Links 2/25/13

Links for you. Science: White House opens more federally funded scientific research to the public International Arbiter of Animal Names Faces Financial Woes Informatics Tools Underutilized in Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infection NDM-1 Superbug Discovered in a Cat in the USA … Continue reading

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