Monthly Archives: December 2013


In a nation that uses infrared technology to flush toilets, this should never happen: If you live in the Boston area, these people do fine work. Don’t worry if you don’t live in Boston, this site will help food banks … Continue reading

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Security Theater: The Waiting In Line Edition

After the Sept. 11 attacks, I remember that my family’s synagogue in DC tightened security for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). It always had some security: elected officials and Israeli embassy staff often attended, so there was … Continue reading

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Links 12/27/13

Links for you. Science: Sinking Land Brings Calls for Pumping Alternative A Solar Boom So Successful, It’s Been Halted Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science Setting the Table for a Regal Butterfly Comeback, With … Continue reading

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When Big Data Goes Awry: The “Rape Sufferers” List

Somehow I don’t think this is what either the Big Data triumphalists or the techno-freedomites had in mind: The list is defined as: These rape sufferers are family members who have reported, or have been identified as individuals affected by … Continue reading

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Virginia’s New Governor and the Democrats’ Faustian Bargain

Having grown up in the Commonwealth of Virginia at a time when the choice was between the segregationist theocrat and the de facto Republican (aka ‘the Democrat’), I am well accustomed to choosing the lesser of two evils. More recently, … Continue reading

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Links 12/26/13

Links for you. Science: We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things Advice for potential graduate students A Plague of Snakes: But They’re the Victims The Vast Majority of Raw Data From Old Scientific … Continue reading

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The Heritage Foundation Gets a Taste of Its Own Medicine

If you follow the policy wonkosphere, there has been a series of articles about the shakeup at the conservative faithtank, the Heritage Foundation. This is the really crazy bit (boldface mine): …a number of scholars and academic think tank types … Continue reading

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Biomedical Scientist Job Creation Stalls Out

Inspired by this post by John Protevi, I decided to update an old post about biomedical sector jobs. When we last tuned in, jobs in this sector soared from nearly 54,000 in 2002 to 101,000 in 2008, and then declined … Continue reading

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Christmas Links

Gut yontif to the Pontiff! And, of course, anyone else who’s celebrating today. Science links: Too Much Information Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome CDC issues warning about painful virus from mosquitoes Every day at a natural history museum… Charitable … Continue reading

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The Birth of U.S. Music Recording

David Byrne gives us a history lesson: It goes way back to World War II where this soldier, Jack Mullin, who was a bit of an engineer heard some broadcast from Germany in the wee hours of the morning. It … Continue reading

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