Monthly Archives: June 2013

Links 6/30/13

Links for you. Science: Alleged Danger of GMOs Not Looking Very Real The circumcision decision: Making sense of the data on health and circumcision Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways Auf Wiedersehen to a Dialect: … Continue reading

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Walking to the Public Garden Is a Little Safer

The Death Star The lights designed to stop traffic at the corner of Arlington and Marlborough are now operational: I predicted this would be a boon for pedestrians and annoying to drivers. I watched traffic for a few minutes, and … Continue reading

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Can Someone Explain to Me the Bike Share Hatred in New York?

Ever since New York City rolled out it’s bike share service, Citi Bike, there has been a spate of anti-bike share stories (here’s the latest installment). I don’t understand the anger. I’m not being snarky here, but Boston has a … Continue reading

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Links 6/29/13

Links for you. Science: Data Sharing, Embargo, and Big Science First find your tuatara (or how to sequence a genome) Florida Entomologist Finds ‘Jurassic’ Nest with Over a Million Wasps Should we make animals smarter? Brain research raises the possibility … Continue reading

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Be Very, Very Quiet, I’m Hunting…

…elm bark beetles. Observed at the corner of Exeter Street and Commonwealth Ave.: According to the Boston Parks Department: The traps consist of 18.5″x 28″ green plywood boxes mounted approximately 15 feet off the ground on trees located at least … Continue reading

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Why Are Boston’s Police Districts Named So Bizarrely?

I can’t even remember why, but I found myself looking at Boston’s crime statistics, which are broken out by district. What makes no sense to me are the names. Here’s a map with all of the districts: Why, for instance, … Continue reading

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Links 6/28/13

Links for you. Science: Up is down, down is up, and moths are butterflies Shiny, Purple Insects will Blow Your Mind with Awesome Ten Simple Rules for Getting Grants The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 113th Congress Edition The Great U.S. … Continue reading

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Even Ex-Stasi Are Horrified By the NSA’s Reach

You just can’t make this up (boldface mine): Wolfgang Schmidt was seated in Berlin’s 1,200-foot-high TV tower, one of the few remaining landmarks left from the former East Germany… “You know, for us, this would have been a dream come … Continue reading

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Links 6/27/13

Links for you. Science: Goodbye, Miami: By century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin (must-read) Wine-tasting: it’s junk science. Experiments have … Continue reading

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Observed on Marlborough Street, Back Bay, Boston:

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