Monthly Archives: October 2013

Links 10/31/13

Happy Halloween! Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: A Thrill Now Sadly Rare Genetic Test for Autism Refuted: Replication attempt shows that earlier claims about a genetic test for autism were overblown. Want To See An Enzyme? Check Inside Your … Continue reading

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Not So Scary in the Daytime

Observed on Pickney Street, Beacon Hill, Boston: Not to be outdone around the corner on Louisberg Square: And, yes, the heads move.

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This Is What White-Collar Labor Exploitation Looks Like

A while ago, I discussed two post-docs that were ‘voluntary’–essentially unpaid internships for PhDs. DrugMonkey has more details (boldface mine): A bit by David Wagner (@david_r_wagner) on the KPBS site specifies: Well, it wasn’t a joke. But it wasn’t exactly … Continue reading

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Links 10/30/13

Links for you. Science: Behind the scenes: plastic-eating barnacles in the North Pacific Gyre Science is in bad shape Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas. And that’s not the only whopper students are being taught as history in … Continue reading

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Back Lot, Lit

Movie shoot at the corner of Darmouth and Marlborough, Back Bay, Boston:

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So What Does NIH Think About Irreproducibility?

Every few months, some enterprising writer stumbles across various studies that demonstrate how much of the biological literature can not be replicated–at which point, this is reported as ‘news.’ A favorite study is Bayer’s (the company) attempt to replicate 67 … Continue reading

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Links 10/29/13

Links for you. Science: Sleep spindles in midday naps enhance learning in preschool children The Roma have multitudes Pesticide makes invading ants suicidally aggressive The Oxford Nanopore Golden Ticket Gulf Ecosystem in Crisis Three Years After BP Spill Michael Pollan … Continue reading

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Closing the Educational Poverty Gap: Pedagogy Matters

It’s not just how we teach children, but also how we teach parents to teach children. Because there’s an unfortunately reality about the divide in education–it starts early in development (boldface mine): “If I just say, ‘Look at the dog,’ … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell and Revisionist Civil Rights History

Look, those people are tricking the police into beating them! (from here) I thought once you’ve been a Big Tobacco shill, you really can’t sink any lower. I was wrong–there’s always revisionist history that slights the civil rights movement (behind … Continue reading

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Links 10/28/13

Links for you. Science: Science Fiction Can Save Environmentalism: With public interest in the gutter, the green movement needs a shot of futurism My Cultural Take on Alcohol at Scientific Conferences No serious side effects from HPV vaccine Of 70,000 … Continue reading

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