Monthly Archives: June 2012

Links 6/27/12

Links for you. Science: Respect your specimens (excellent) No, genetically modified grass isn’t killing cows with cyanide Too much math is tough for scientists: study Willapa Bay oyster grower sounds alarm, starts hatchery in Hawaii: A Willapa Bay shellfish company … Continue reading

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I Just Finished This Book

Of course, how would you really know: Actually, it’s pretty good, and offers some interesting ideas, my favorite being that even a well-read person hasn’t read most ‘good’ books, but is still expected to know something about them–and does. Although … Continue reading

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In Romney’s America, Policemen, Firemen, and Teachers Would Be Fired: The Massachusetts Experience

A couple of weeks ago, Romney and his surrogates got in trouble for stating that they would cut federal support for first responders and teachers, a position, which after a tremendous backlash, they backed away from (“GOV. ROMNEY! PUT DOWN … Continue reading

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Links 6/26/12

Links fahr ya. Science: Ancient Ireland: An Early Medieval Site Why you need to stop stomping on cockroaches (though there are only a handful of human-associated roaches) Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast Rising seas mean shrinking South … Continue reading

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Storm Rolling In

Observed yesterday on the Boston Common:

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Why I Think Microbial Genomics Will Be More Profitable Than Human Genomics Over the Short Term

And just to be clear, by profitable, I do mean money. Jim Golden describes the problems with using genomics to directly combat cancer (i.e., not basic research; boldface mine): Every year there are 1.4 – 1.7 million new diagnoses of … Continue reading

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Links 6/25/12

Links for you. Science: Why cockroaches need their friends Don’t be fooled by the cloud: the web is physical (I would add that if you don’t physically possess your data, or at least a backup, then it’s not really yours; … Continue reading

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Dear Centrists, It’s T.I.N.A. Time

That is, There Is No Alternative. Comrade Driftglass asks Sullivan and the Centrists (boldface mine): However, now that you have finally, grudgingly arrived at the same conclusion that Liberals came to decades ago — that our problems are not primarily … Continue reading

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I’m Not Suprised That NIH Officials Are Surprised That Most PhDs Don’t End Up in Academia

By way of DrugMonkey, we come across this post by NIH’s Sally Rocker who actually writes, “I was quite surprised by the idea that the majority of our [PhD] trainees do not end up in academia. Did this surprise you?” … Continue reading

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Links 6/24/12

Links for you. Science: Atta laevigata, the largest of the leafcutter ants. Potentially toxic algae bloom starts early in Charles River Is it ok to get paid to promote Open Access? UK Archaeology Departments Face Sustainability Crisis (NIH are you … Continue reading

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