Links 2/4/13

Links for you. Science:

Manuscript Provenance: Why NEJM has a high retraction rate (and it’s not a reason mentioned in the NYT)
Hedgehog Alert! Prickly pets can carry salmonella
Elon Musk: Boeing 787 battery fundamentally unsafe
Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?
New research investigates inherited causes of autism

Other:

The true cost of national security: The Pentagon and the White House focus on the core Defense budget, but that’s not the half of it (must-read)
Why the U.S. Government Never, Ever Has to Pay Back All Its Debt (very good, although it should note this only applies to governments with a fiat currency, not the Eurozone)
Amazing First Person Account from the Green Line Meltdown (as bad as the T can get, DC’s Metro is worse, in part because the VA faction of the governing board is ideological opposed to mass transit, something that doesn’t occur in Massachusetts)
Poor Become More Concentrated in Northern Cities
21 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of Grand Central Terminal
Labor of Love: The enforced happiness of Pret A Manger (for the low pay, people shouldn’t have to be nice; Pret a Manger just lost my business)
Short Cuts
Conventional wisdom on the deficit is starting to turn
Survey: Public not just opposed to Social Security cuts, they’ll pay to strengthen it
How MIT Can Honor Aaron Swartz: Fight to make academic journals open to everyone.
Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months
Class Size Tradeoffs in the Court of Public Opinion
Half Of The Students In Harvard’s Massive Cheating Scandal Have Been Forced To Withdraw (my take on the Harvard scandal here)
Moveable Feast Macroeconomics

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