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Links 4/20/14

Links for you. Science: Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly Researchers describe 4 new species of ‘killer sponges’ from the deep sea Awesome Jobs: Meet … Continue reading

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Americans Love Their Gambling

According to this Pew survey, the U.S., compared to other countries, really approves of gambling: Considering how prudish we are on other issues, this is really surprising.

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Brendan Eich, the Dixie Chicks, and Judgement

After revelations that Brendan Eich, former CEO of the non-profit company Mozilla, had supported Proposition 8 in California (a campaign that was particularly odious and bigoted), I tweeted this: Re Brendan Eich, no one has mentioned the de facto blacklisting … Continue reading

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Links 4/19/14

Links for you. Science: The Domestication of the Savage Mind Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown? Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it’s unsustainable. Novel poster format How Does Human Culture Influence Our Genetics? Other: … Continue reading

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Murals

When archaeologists comb through the wreckage of our civilization, these murals, found on the side of 1400 16th Street NW, DC, will probably be described as “religious.” Apparently, it’s just an office building, albeit one that’s very energy efficient. It’s … Continue reading

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Questions Still Unanswered

It’s good to see that the Boston Globe is finally catching up to the Dirty Fucking Hippies and asking hard questions about why federal agencies never passed on relevant information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Kevin Cullen (boldface mine): “Why would they … Continue reading

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Links 4/18/14

Links for you. Science: Where Will a Biology PhD Take You? What Is A Standard Deviation? (good introduction) It only took 35 years for flesh-eating bacteria to become an infectious terror Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability (some related … Continue reading

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Curious Cassowary

Observed at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C.: Both eyes on me:

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The Math Behind Venture Capital, and the Need for Home Runs

Recently, I discussed how venture capital in the tech sectors is weird: every investor is swinging for the fences. Rachel Chalmers describes the financial incentives (boldface mine): Besides being custodians of the fund and therefore honor-bound to seek the best … Continue reading

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Links 4/17/14

Links for you. Science: One drug to rule them all: Researchers find treatment that kills every kind of cancer tumor Dear Jenny McCarthy Large Samples: Too Much of a Good Thing? GOP pushes funding cuts for social science work Other: … Continue reading

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