Links 2/23/14

Links for you. Science:

Sexism plagues major chemistry conference: Boycott emerges amid growing outrage
Quantified Health Startup Exogen Bio Wants People To “Track and Hack” Their DNA Health
AIDS TODAY: THE FACTS, FIGURES, AND TRAJECTORY OF A GLOBAL ILLNESS
Innumeracy on the Metro
Uh oh

Other:

A Reader Comments on the South Korean Model of Education (an visiting colleague was from South Korea, and this jibes with what he told me, so n = 2…)
Social Identity Markers are NOT a proxy for left wing social policies (there’s a difference between not being an asshole and a leftie)
America’s Invisible—and Very Diverse—Working Class
Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion, and You for $45
Marc Roth hacked his way out of SF homelessness. Now he’s helping others do the same.
Who trusts Marcia McNutt?
All washed out: What floods reveal about UK political elite
Rational People Sell Out: WhatsApp Edition
The long dark tea-time of the soul and lonely days and lonely nights of Ted Nugent
Sophie’s Choice on minimum wage vs. unemployment
Class-Size Reduction: Better Than You Think
The War Nerd: Driverless trucks can’t mask the US military’s problem with insurgent warfare
Here’s Why Obama Can’t Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

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1 Response to Links 2/23/14

  1. Tiercelet says:

    Make that n=3 on the Korea piece; I’ve visited and have a good friend who’s been teaching there for about ten years now, and this jibes with what I saw/was told. Students never see the sun, because they are in school until 11 pm (AND THEN START HOMEWORK) but while they test well, they don’t learn much, because all they’re doing is rote memorization for tests–imagine a language class where NO ONE BUT THE TEACHER IS EVER ALLOWED TO TALK.

    And yeah, opportunity has been severely rationed there since the days of Park Chung-Hee. Despite high across-the-board educational attainment, there’s huge economic inequality–because surprise surprise, inequality is about maintaining the privileged status of elites, and not about actual fundamental differences, there or here.

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