Monthly Archives: February 2013

Boston Has Thieving Zombies

By way of Universal Hub, we come across the following Boston police report (boldface mine): The 27 year old female victim informed officers she was walking down Green Street near High Street when two white males asked her for a … Continue reading

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What Sequestration Means to Me As a Scientist

For those who don’t know, on March 1, the sequester of the federal budget kicks in, which will reduce federal spending across the board by about eight percent for all non-military items (military spending is cut by about nine percent). … Continue reading

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Links 2/25/13

Links for you. Science: White House opens more federally funded scientific research to the public International Arbiter of Animal Names Faces Financial Woes Informatics Tools Underutilized in Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infection NDM-1 Superbug Discovered in a Cat in the USA … Continue reading

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A Question About Next Generation Sequencing

If you follow the science bloggysphere, especially after a genomics conference, you will often come across the phrase “next generation sequencing”, often abbreviated to “NGS.” It typically refers to sequencing technologies that can generate massive amounts of sequencing relative to … Continue reading

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Open Access Advocates, Welcome to Liberalville

Because you too get to experience the awesomeness of sweeping incrementalism! By now, you might have heard about the White House’s new policy to make most federally funded research publications publicly available 12 months after publication. This is an improvement, … Continue reading

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Links 2/24/13

Links for you. Science: Rethinking Grant Reviews PLoS Genetics blew it by publishing a 23andme paper What’s the Matter With Vermont? Anti-vaccine activists derailed a bill that could have blunted the whooping cough epidemic. Dear ENCODE…. Rare octopus breeding in … Continue reading

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The Political Press Needs Its Own Yom Kippur

From Ed at Gin and Tacos, this is brilliant (boldface mine): Last week was the tenth anniversary of Colin Powell’s speech to the UN Security Council about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction on February 5, 2003…. I propose that … Continue reading

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