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Links 1/24/15

Links for you. Science: A one-grant limit: NIH institute puts squeeze on flush investigators (seems like this policy, if it doesn’t allow some overlap will cause a lot of lab techs to lose their jobs) When the rats are away, … Continue reading

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Serenity, Late Night

Observed on Swann Street, between 14th and 15th, Logan Circle, D.C.:

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Yes, Measles Is Still Deadly

A problem public health officials face is that many communicable diseases aren’t lethal or even dangerous to most people (Ebola and HIV are the obvious exceptions). As a result, we tend to underestimate how dangerous many infectious diseases are. Tara … Continue reading

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Possible Fare Hikes on the D.C. Metro

Though given the alternative of even worse service on the weekends and evenings, I’m willing to pay around $4 per month more if there’s no alternative* (boldface mine): Among the changes under consideration is a 10-cent hike in Metrorail and … Continue reading

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The Closing of Microbial Genomics Data?

This post will have to be a little vague, but from my vantage point, I’m seeing two disturbing trends in terms of microbial genomics. For those who aren’t the cognoscenti, the weird thing about open access data arguments for anyone … Continue reading

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Links 1/22/15

Links for you. Science: Does Global Warming Make Me Look Fat? The health benefits of being cold Why Pygmies Aren’t Scared By The ‘Psycho’ Theme Absurd Creature of the Week: The Tiny Primate That Was Probably the Inspiration for Yoda … Continue reading

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Links 1/21/15

Links for you. Science: Why quarantine for measles is critical…and quarantine for Ebola was not Dick Lewontin and Tomoko Ohta nab the Crafoord Prize Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says Looking for the roots of terrorism: Anthropologist Scott … Continue reading

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