Links 1/31/14

Links for you. Science:

Cheap Battery Can Store Energy for a Rainy Day
Is it really worth having your gut bacteria tested?
An open letter to Nature editor Philip Campbell
Kudos to the DOE-JGI for organizing a genomics meeting w/ a good gender ratio – no kudos to BGI – yet again.
Grad student finally gets phylogenetic tree he agrees with (funny)

Other:

Dimon Does Davos, and His Board Gives Him a Raise (must-read)
John McDonogh is closing. What to say to its students?: Jarvis DeBerry (excellent)
Congratulations, Nature Network! 50,000 Civil Comments is Really Something!!!11!1!!ELEVNTY!
Shanghai Test Scores and the Mystery of the Missing Children
Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In
A Whale of a Tale: Are Massachusetts Officials Out to Harpoon New Bedford High School?
City Council session opens in tiff over office assignments: Council president election played role, observers say
Dossier
Remember How Dinesh D’Souza Outed Gay Classmates—and Thought It Was Awesome?
Richard Berman’s Declared Union-bashing Strategy
Defending PowerPoint Against Tufte
Far-right phony intellectualism: The secret of Dinesh D’Souza’s success

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