Monthly Archives: October 2011

Links 10/31/11

Links for you. Science: The Program Staff of the NIH decide what to fund, all else is advisory (and this is a good thing) One use of duct tape MacGyver didn’t know about Wolf packs don’t need to cooperate to … Continue reading

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‘Pox Parties’ and Bioterrorism

I’ve had with it anti-vaxxers–this story makes me want to get all Dominican/Dogs of God on their ass: Doctors and medical experts are concerned about a new trend taking place on Facebook. Parents are trading live viruses through the mail … Continue reading

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Links 10/30/11

Links for you. Science: Chivalry is not dead, at least among crickets The Wired Atlas of the Human Ecosystem Steve Jobs and the Limits of Sequencing Other: Fear, American Style: What the Anarchist and Libertarian Don’t Understand about the US … Continue reading

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When ‘Government’ Cuts Actually Cut the Private Sector

One of the conservative propaganda successes has been to convince many people that government spending employs people for the government. You know, the DMV clerk who makes your life hell, or some other functionary. But the reality is that the … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Funding, Public Health

Links 10/29/11

Links for you. Science: An Open Letter to Rodent Behaviorists… (awesome) San Diego red tide eaten alive by single-celled predator (make sure you read the photo caption) Loving the Chambered Nautilus to Death In Science, Is It Our Responsibility To … Continue reading

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Even in 1719, We Knew California Was a Little Bit Apart

I visited the Boston Public Library’s shiny new Map Center, and saw this map by Henri Abraham Châtelain from 1719 which amused me: If that’s not clear, here’s a close up:

Posted in Boston, Libraries, Maps, Museums etc.

Links 10/28/11

Links for you. Science: Sounds gross, works great: Fecal transplants cure nasty C. diff infections For Cave’s Art, An Uncertain Future (the cave painting microbiome?) Researchers Identify Mysterious Life Forms in the Extreme Deep Sea From sea to sushi bar, … Continue reading

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No Doubt Curriculum and Training Problems Can Be Fixed With Union Busting and Value-Added Testing

This will help science education (boldface mine): But despite such broad acceptance that the nation’s economy needs more professionals in the hard sciences, a new report reveals that elementary schools in the nation’s most populated state are barely teaching the … Continue reading

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Links 10/27/11

Links for you. Science: Declining numbers of blacks seen in math, science Ancient America: Angel Mounds Huffington Post: Irresponsible mouthpiece for the World of Woo Oecophylla longinoda Other: Why we should all trim our antlers Of the 1%, by the … Continue reading

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Genomics, Illumina, and the Cost of ‘Fiscal Responsibility’

Or for those of you outside of the U.S., you know it as austerity. As I’ve written many times on this blog, lots of things can be limiting: resources, infrastructure, personnel. But when you have a fiat currency (as the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Fucking Morons, Funding, Genomics | 1 Comment