Monthly Archives: January 2013

Links 1/31/13

Links for you. Science: New Strain of Norovirus Is Circulating in the U.S. Sin, stigma and syringes: The struggle for harm reduction Link to African Ebola Found in Bats Suggests Virus Is More Widespread The NIH must dismantle the corrosive … Continue reading

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Idaho Lawmakers Discover That Openly-Displayed Guns Don’t Make You Feel Free

So a guy with a gun (holstered pistol) walks into the Idaho State Legislature. No, this isn’t the setup to a joke, it really happened. Fortunately, no one was hurt, although he latched onto a school group to gain access … Continue reading

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The Inspiration of Gothic Architecture

There are several reasons why Gothic architecture isn’t appreciated. First, most of it is physically very old, and in less than good repair–most of us have never seen it when it’s new and shiny. Second, a fair amount of Gothic … Continue reading

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Links 1/30/13

Links for you. Science: Common pesticides ‘can kill frogs within an hour’ Bad pharma: Drug research riddled with half truths, omissions, lies Bayesian vs. Frequentist: Is there any “there” there? Identifying Samples from Genomic Data On outreach Other: Teacher boycott … Continue reading

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Observations on the STEM PhD Immigration Fix

If you haven’t heard, there is a major effort underway to reform U.S. immigration law. One of the proposals is to grant immigrants who have received a PhD or Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American … Continue reading

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Curriculum Matters: The Vocabulary Edition

As Ed Hirsch notes, vocabulary is a critical correlate of socioeconomic success (boldface mine): There’s a well-established correlation between a college degree and economic benefit. And for guidance on what helps students finish college and earn more income, we should … Continue reading

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Links 1/29/13

Links for you. Science: Why Google Flu Trends Will Not Replace the CDC Anytime Soon Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose ‘apocalyptic’ threat, top expert says: Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies tells MPs issue should be added to national risk register of … Continue reading

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PhDs, Supply, and Demand

DrugMonkey says much more clearly what I was trying to get at in my NIH funding post (boldface mine): We need to turn off the tap. Stop training so many PhDs. This is going to hurt the many, many of … Continue reading

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A Possible Reason Why Obama Bends Over Backwards to Compromise With Those Who Would Destroy Him?

If you’re a member of the Coalition of the Sane, one of the most frustrating things about President Obama is his apparent willingness to compromise with those who intend to destroy him politically. One would think, especially since Obama came … Continue reading

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Links 1/28/13

Links for you. Science: The present is the past, the past is the present An Archive of Ancient Tree DNA Will Help Us Clone the Ones We Destroy (cool, though cloning sabretooths back from extinction TO EAT ALL OF THE … Continue reading

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