Author Archives: mikethemadbiologist

Links 7/29/14

Links for you. Science: Why I like Frequentism 23andMe Tries to Woo the FDA: The DNA testing firm hopes a more coöperative approach with regulators will get its business back on track Salmonella’s Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles’ Heel … Continue reading

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A Failure of Governance

While conservatives love to go on and on when government fails at governance, as we continue to deregulate and outsource, corporate governance–the ability of corporations to govern–by default, will become more important (boldface mine): But a far bigger nuisance is … Continue reading

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Yes, Curriculum and Pedagogy Matter (Maybe)

This week’s NY Times Magazine has an article “Why Do Americans Stink at Math” that breathlessly focuses on the need for changing how we teach math and what math we teach–that is, pedagogy and curriculum. While the article, perhaps so … Continue reading

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Links 7/28/14

Links for you. Science: Why NGOs can’t be trusted on GMOs Why Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be Better Than Eight Scientific Misbehavior in Economics: Unacceptable research practice linked to perceived pressure to publish. How a solar storm two years … Continue reading

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We Are a Nation of Stupids

By way of Kevin Drum, we come across a Gallup poll with the following results: Look at the third and fifth statement. They are the exact opposite of each other, yet 63 percent favor the third and 56 percent favor … Continue reading

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Republican Rep. Paul Ryan Wants to Create Massive Government Bureaucracy

Last week, supposed conservative intellectual heavyweight Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Let Them Eat Block Grants) released an anti-poverty plan in an attempt to humanize both conservatism and himself (good luck with that). It’s essentially libertarian business school dweeb meets compassionate conservatism. … Continue reading

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Links 7/27/14

Links for you. Science: Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Marine Biologist’s Lionfish Research (actually, the father; she might not have known) How long was the average Roman foot, and what was their shoe size? Bayesianism — a dangerous religion that harms … Continue reading

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Flour Power

Observed at Alberto’s Pizza, Dupont Circle (and they make a good thin crust pizza):

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Hi-Tech Meets High Broderism

Meet the new Compulsive Centrist Disorder, same as the old one (boldface mine): It comes in handy as the San Francisco entrepreneur leads Brigade, the high-profile, highly funded civic engagement platform. Sean Parker – the billionaire early Facebook investor – … Continue reading

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Links 7/26/14

Links for you. Science: They’re Here: Massive Mayfly Emergence in Wisconsin Exciting findings in schizophrenia genetics – but what do they mean? U.S. CDC says it ‘may never know’ how bird flu mishap occurred An investigation of the false discovery … Continue reading

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