Monthly Archives: May 2013

Links 5/31/13

Links for you. Science: Perhaps there is a chance to change something? Farewell, Froggy: The Age of Ribbit Is Nearing an End Missing moon dust discovered in storage after 43 years An example of why DNA Barcoding is still impractical … Continue reading

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Tower in the Clouds

The John Hancock Tower, Back Bay, Boston:

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The Too-Smart City (Probably) Won’t Be a Problem. The Too-Privatized City Would Be

Recently, The Boston Globe had an interesting article about the rise of the ‘smart city.’ What’s a smart city? This: Cassandras’s scheme is just one step in the march toward what futurists and urban planners call the “smart city”—a wired, … Continue reading

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Links 5/30/13

Links for you. Science: Tides and doldrums in science communication The Evidence on GMO Safety Finally! Independent Testing Of Rossi’s E-Cat Cold Fusion Device: Maybe The World Will Change After All The Real Reason Kids Aren’t Getting Vaccines Biotech’s bull … Continue reading

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The Utility of Boston’s Tradition of Keying Cars

I’m sorry, did I write keying? I meant community enforcement of societal norms. Because this, observed at the Mall in D.C. a few months ago, is awful parking etiquette: Always leave nearly a car length between you and the other … Continue reading

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Krugman Is Overly Optimistic About Obamacare: The Difference Between Better and Good

Paul Krugman seems very optimistic about Obamacare. I hope he’s right but I think he’s far too sanguine about the pitfalls. In fact, I don’t think he’s right about the potential problems: What can still go wrong? Well, Obamacare is … Continue reading

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Links 5/29/13

Links for you. Science: Female Professionals of 1970s Face Higher Risk of Breast Cancer Company develops technology to mass-produce ‘spider silk’ fabric How journalists can help the scientists they interview Calling all Brave Travelers Fecal Transplants in the “Good Old … Continue reading

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The Aftermath of a Poster Session

Observed at the ASM conference in Denver, CO: And on a personal note, my poster tube being loaded onto the plane: (no, I didn’t pay for it–that would be stupid; they offered to check it for free)

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Let’s Slow Down on the Clinton Coronation (Warmongering Is a Women’s Issue)

Of course, it’s a men’s issue too. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Like Amy Schiller, I was disappointed to read Jessica Valenti’s “Why I’m Voting for Her”, in which Valenti argues that, in 2016, feminists should vote for a … Continue reading

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Links 5/28/13

Links for you. Science: Domestication, plant breeding, and micronutrients NCBI Genome Workbench ‘Crack baby’ scare overblown, teen research says The Gut-Wrenching Science Behind the World’s Hottest Peppers Other: American exceptionalism is a dangerous myth (excellent) The Wanted Generation (the kids … Continue reading

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