Monthly Archives: January 2014

If Only Someone With Power Cared and Could Do Something

NIH Director Francis Collins makes my head explody (boldface mine): Instead, a complex array of other factors seems to have contributed to the lack of reproducibility… Exacerbating this situation are the policies and attitudes of funding agencies, academic centres and … Continue reading

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We All Use Pseudonyms. Some of Us Are Just More Honest About It Than Others

In light of the recent outing of pseudonymous blogger Dr. Isis by Nature editor Henry Gee (and the resulting commentary), this post by the Epicurean Dealmaker seems relevant (boldface mine): I am not The Epicurean Dealmaker. It is worth reminding … Continue reading

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Links 1/27/14

Links for you. Science: New virus linked to bee colony collapse disorder The Demise of Easter Island’s Eco-Collapse Parable (I wrote about this a while ago) On anonymity in science and on Twitter There’s a Gene for That Syria’s Polio … Continue reading

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Legos Among Us

This weekend, the Boston Public Library hosted a Lego building contest. I was a bit disappointed: I expected large diorama type things, and instead, they were small pieces. Nonetheless, there were some interesting entries. A caboose is loose: Couldn’t figure … Continue reading

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Meet the New Silicon Valley Boss, Same As the Old Boss: Putting the STEM ‘Crisis’ In Context

During the last decade, we’ve heard repeatedly that there is a STEM jobs shortage, even as there is a PhD glut, a stalling out in the biomedical sector with a slight drop in wages, and a refusal to hire older … Continue reading

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Links 1/26/14

Links for you. Science: What scientific idea is ready for retirement? The Way We Produce And Advance Science More examples of how influenza still kills A Trophy Hunt That’s Good for Rhinos (important) Heavy drinking in middle age speeds cognitive … Continue reading

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Bronze Leaf

Observed on Commonwealth Avenue before all of the snow:

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Campbell’s Law Goes Nukular

“The more any quantitative social indicator (or even some qualitative indicator) is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it … Continue reading

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Links 1/25/14

Links for you. Science: The Jobless Ph.D. Generation Patient – Wash Thy Own Hands! Tech reporters, a suggestion Book by leading biologist Lewis Wolpert withdrawn from sale for plagiarism Lee Berger, Paleoanthropology’s Robespierre Map of the Day: The High Cost … Continue reading

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LEGOS!

Today and tomorrow at the Copley Square Branch, some serious competitive Legoing is going on (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?): The competition takes place at the Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library, in the library’s changing exhibit room … Continue reading

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