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
American exceptionalism is a dangerous myth (excellent)
The Wanted Generation (the kids are alright)
Bets do not (necessarily) reveal beliefs
Family Policy Institute of Washington Misrepresents Facts in a Child Rape Case
Stop the Baseless Panicking Over U.S. E-Waste
Teaching Our Children to Fear Dissenters: South Dakota Schools Edition
What If Men Stopped Chasing Much-Younger Women?
Economist Umair Haque Uses Twitter To Dissect Conservatism
Extreme weather boosts need for accurate flood maps. Federal response? Slash funding
Mississippi Lavishes $1.3 Billion in Subsidies on Nissan as Workers Get the Shaft
The Creeping Jewish Fundamentalism in Our Midst
How wealth of Silicon Valley’s tech elite created a world apart
Washington: a tale of two cities
The Men Behind The Curtains
A lot of San Francisco’s bus problems are self induced. The buses are slow and crowded partly, because voters have refused to allow the creation of express buses. As a New Yorker, I always assumed that express buses let one trade convenience for speed. Express buses (and express trains for that matter) were faster, but more crowded. Local buses (and local trains) were slower, but less crowded. As a tourist I know that a bus across San Francisco can take 45 minutes or more since it has to stop every two or three blocks with no skipping whatever. Combine this with missed lights and it is a transportation nightmare.
The buses the high techies take are rarely in direct competition with the SF buses. In fact, no one seems to care about getting people from SF down to jobs in Silicon Valley (or the reverse for that matter), except for a handful of high tech companies. I always got the impression SF considered itself a world apart, isolated from Silicon Valley and just about everywhere else rather than as the central hub of the region. This might have been good for some urban egos, but is actually a self defeating policy.