Links 1/20/12

Links for you. Science:

Academic publishers have become the enemies of science: The US Research Works Act would allow publishers to line their pockets by locking publicly funded research behind paywalls
‘Extinct’ Galapagos tortoise may still exist
What’s in a name? Origins of the word “shark”
Politics vs. science II: Meat, sex and drugs (excellent intro to antibiotics and public policy, but I think we should be less concerned about the volume of the antibiotic used, and more concerned about the types of resistances we will be selecting; I’m more optimistic about the new FDA rules)
Chinese crunch human genome with videogame chips


Should We Feel Sorry for the Wealthy? (no)
The Lottery: The only fair way to admit people to Harvard is to randomize admissions (I’ve been making this point for years now)
Steven Pearlstein: For development, all signs point inward (very good post; the problem is that this shift is required for the economy to really start growing again, and it’s going to take a while)
Once Hidden by Forest, Carvings in Land Attest to Amazon’s Lost World
More N.C.A.A. ‘Justice’
The numbers on pastors, evolution, and the age of the earth
Dear Andrew Sullivan: Why Focus on Obama’s Dumbest Critics?
Changing the rules in the middle of the game: Philadelphia’s green infrastructure
Wanker of the decade
Dana Milbank’s Flawed “Roe Week” Hit Piece
Captain America?
The History Of Capital Gains Taxes
Online Fracas for a Critic of the Right
12oz Feature: Steven Siegel Takes On The 80’s in Gritty ‘Pre-Guiliani’ New York City (also see here; the full collection is here–this is amazing stuff)

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