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 run starts to look frothy
basic research wackaloonery
New Jersey at risk of implementing untested VAM-like teacher evaluation model
Things Fall Apart: In ‘The Unwinding,’ George Packer Aims for Dos Passos, Comes Up Sub-Gladwell
Mike Bloomberg’s group will keep hitting red state Dems over guns
Adjunct or Starving Artist? cShould an M.F.A. trying to make it in her field accept an adjunct teaching job or take a break from academe? (the choice really seems to be between starving artist and starving adjunct)
Obama to Senate: Obstruct This
Why Nerds Are Unpopular (old, but worth reading)
Lessons of the New Gun Politics
What It Don’t Get I Can’t Use: The Development Case For Cash
Why Society Still Needs Feminism
The Core Reason for the Humanities Crisis
An American in Tokyo
Meet Your Wingnut Congresscritter: Vicky Hartzler
This guy needs to expand his vocabulary, and learn how to use words like “allegedly.”
Given the likelihood of fakery, a technologically literate magician would have been a good idea.
1) Measuring power from complex waveforms is tricky.
2) Power consumption? This device consumes power? The greatest power source the world has ever known, and all he is doing is pumping in electrically-powered heat and measuring temperature?
This guy seems pretty gullible. I wouldn’t trust him to know the history of elaborate scientific hoaxes.
“The Evidence on GMO Safety” is yet another example of scientists on GMO topics completely missing the point. The problem isn’t whether or not having salmon genes in your Wheaties gives you teh cancerz, but rather:
1) GMO crops tend to get loose and cross-pollinate with non-GMO stocks and contaminate non-GMO fields: http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/05/rogue-monsanto-wheat-sprouts-oregon
2) The patent/IP legal regime with which Monsanto has co-evolved is incredibly evil to farmers.
3) GMO use is a big driver toward agricultural monoculture and the embrittlement of our food system due to resistance. Roundup-Ready crops (the main GMO) are a giant experiment, sadly successful, in induced herbicide resistance; something similar’s happening with the Bt trait for insect pests.
It doesn’t matter if it’s safer than aspartame and tastier than unicorn bacon. The risk has never been biological damage to the individual consumer, but rather ecological damage to the larger environment.
(And on that 2010 report of reduced pesticide/herbicide usage: it’s come back up since.)
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