Monthly Archives: July 2012

Links 7/31/12

Links for you. Science: Why do women leave science? Why Don’t Social Scientists Want To Be Read? Food-borne illnesses not diminishing, CDC finds Science in crisis? Go on then, prove it Assessing “emotional intelligence” will not help us understand psychopathy … Continue reading

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Sequencing the Count Draculome!

Ok, not really, but it’s always fun to tweak Jonathan Eisen with new ‘badomics’ words. One of the things I like about PLoSOne is that, even though the papers might not be The Seminal Papers of Our Time, they are … Continue reading

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The ‘It’s Easy to Mass Murder’ Canard

In the wake of the Aurora murders, I’ve heard many people argue that the types of guns the shooter had didn’t matter, that he would have killed lots of people regardless. Ed at Gin and Tacos squashes that canard (boldface … Continue reading

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Links 7/30/12

Links for you. Science: New Retrofit Can Turn Any Car into A Hybrid Future of the human microbiome project (HMP) at NIH? Exploring the Mind of the Mountain Gorilla Metagenomics, Lyme Disease, and the Tyrolean Iceman’s Tattoos An ant that … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Algebra, It’s the Arithmetic

There has been a lot said so far about Andrew Hacker’s argument for de-emphasizing algebra, and I’ll have more to say about that later this week. But one thing I’ve noticed anecdotally is that when students say they have difficultly … Continue reading

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Dear Former Climate ‘Skeptic’: The Coalition of the Sane Does Not Need Your Validation

So go fuck yourself. Seriously. I agree with William Connolley: Muller has done nothing more than re-confirm something which had already been reconfirmed years ago. We knew then global warming is largely due to human emissions of greenhouse gases, but … Continue reading

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Links 7/29/12

Links for you. Science: Hunter gatherer clue to obesity Why Sports and Exercise are Barely Relevant and What Really Counts is Occupational and Household Activity How Computers Could Reduce the Spread of HIV Aging termites put on suicide backpacks full … Continue reading

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Now, That’s a Move!

One of the things I really hadn’t seen before I came to Boston, which has a lot of houses without elevators and tight staircases, is the use of cranes to move in and out of apartments. Really: Corner of Beacon … Continue reading

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Northeastern Congresscritters Have an Opportunity. Will They Seize It?

We read in the NY Times (boldface mine): The impact of the hot and dry weather on the nation’s farmers has put new pressure on Congress to move ahead on a pending five-year farm bill. But House Republican leaders have … Continue reading

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Links 7/28/12

Links for you. Science: It Takes an 8-Year-Old to Outsmart a Crow Kirk Johnson Named Director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History The Joker’s Wild: On the Ecology of Gun Violence in America A forgotten but crucial cause for … Continue reading

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