Monthly Archives: January 2012

Links 1/31/12

Links for you. Science: Why There Won’t Be A DNA Sequencing Land Grab Study Finds Virus to Be Fast Learner on Infecting The Top 10 Worst Things About Working in a Lab Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bioterrorist? Socialized … Continue reading

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If We Were Not Riven by Race, Religion, and Culture, We Would Realize…

…that President Obama is a Rockefeller Republican. Outsourced to Matt Stoller (boldface mine): Obama personally believes in the legitimacy of the existing banking institutional framework and he strongly suspects that no crimes were committed. He has hired a raft of … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With a Welfare Nation?

At The Atlantic, a post by Alex Tabarrok, “The Innovation Nation vs. the Warfare-Welfare State“, has been making its way around the bloggysphere, in part due to the big shout out to science, as embodied by this figure: Tabarrok: We … Continue reading

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Links 1/30/12

Links for you. Science: Publisher statements that may get me on the boycott-peer-review bandwagon Nature’s shiny sounding copout on open access Take Your Placebos, Or Die Roche Guns For Illumina A male straight-snouted weevil (Brentidae) silhouetted against a leaf in … Continue reading

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“Will It Come to This?”

Heavens to Betsy, we hope not: From Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts: The cover of the British edition of Vogue, January 1941. Despite Vogue’s optimism about Utility clothing, stockings made of any material were in short supply during and after … Continue reading

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Our College Education System Serves Its Purpose. And Maybe That’s the Problem

Steven Brint has a fascinating piece in The LA Review of Books which tackles a lot of educational topics, including the heretical idea that, from an economic point of view, we might not need more college graduates*. But what I … Continue reading

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Links 1/29/12

Links for you. Science: From the Writer’s Desk: The dangers of press releases CDC says postpone breastfeeding: Making up facts, anti-vax style! Was Lou Gehrig’s ALS Caused by Tap Water? CDC’s long-awaited Morgellons study is out (expect controversy) Publisher statements … Continue reading

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I want one of these: (from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts) The side view: From the exhibit: Torpedo pedal car, Ohio (Cleveland), designed 1937-1949. Steel, chrome, enamel

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An Alternative Explanation for the Prediliction of the Comfortable (and Wealthy) to Binge Drink: It’s (Economic) Class, Stupid

A couple of weeks ago, the CDC released a report about binge drinking, where binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in one sitting. But, on The Atlantic’s website, a bar owner (for fuck’s sake, consider the … Continue reading

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Links 1/28/12

Links for you. Science: Okay, but how do touch screens actually work? You are bitching about the wrong things when you read an article about science The Indian Jumping Ant Harpegnathos saltator Bed Bug Confidential: An Expert Explains How to … Continue reading

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