Links 3/14/14

Links for you. Science:

How did antibiotics become part of the food chain? (excellent)
Broad Institute to lay off 22, revealing dependence of research ecosystem on federal funding (misses a key point, which is that the microbial group is quite small, so these are devastating cuts regarding microbial genomics)
Best of Beyond Apollo II
Double-whammy signifies the demise of the dinosaurs
You’re Drinking the Wrong Kind of Milk (maybe)

Other:

On working hard. One. (must-read)
On working hard. Two. (were there any justice in the world, Brooks would be booted off of the NY Times op-ed page, and Mannion would replace him)
Hartford, Connecticut (excellent, having lived in CT, it rings true)
Sorry, Putin Isn’t Crazy: Why Russians have good reason to suspect the West’s motives in Ukraine.
When Silicon Valley fights the government: Why Tesla is not like Uber
Your Theory of Human Nature Predicts Your Policies
Mayor de Blasio and Education: Fact-Checking Eva Moskowitz’s Claims
6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying
Wages of Fear (Somewhat Wonkish)
What out of town writers need to know about SF
5 minutes with DAVID HURSH (video)
We could solve unemployment immediately if we wanted to. Read 2 “sensible” proposals.
De Blasio’s fake ‘war’ on charters : Kudos to the mayor for protecting vulnerable public-school students

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3 Responses to Links 3/14/14

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    The results suggest that drinking A2 milk instead of A1 milk could reduce the symptoms of autism, Trivedi says, but, he adds: “There’s a lot more research that needs to be done to support these claims.”

    That sent the needle on my BS meter dancing.

    • onkelbob says:

      yeah… it’s bs in that regard. However there is a BIG difference between Jersey or Guernsey cow milk and milk from Holsteins. I did a couple of years in agriculture before moving on and it’s really night and day, so there is something to the article. I mean if they just left it at milkfat ratios they would have been on safer ground.
      The not homogenized milk is way better than the homogenized stuff. I am not talking raw – you need to be too stupid to live to drink unpasteurized milk – but not homogenized pasteurized milk is safe and tasty.

  2. hipparchia says:

    I grew up drinking all-jersey, grass-fed milk from a local dairy. it was delicious, and switching to ordinary store-bought milk, even the organic brands, when I moved to florida just wasn’t worth it. i’d always figured it was the grass-fed and extra butterfat that made the difference, but as a (former) biochemist with an interest in protein folding, I’m hoping the a1-a2 difference is real too.

    meanwhile, my tiny, independent, neighborhood grocery store recently started selling local, grass-fed, pasteurized but not homogenized, all-jersey milk. it’s a real treat.

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