Monthly Archives: April 2014

When Poverty Wears a Black Face

Matt Bruening makes an important point about poverty in the U.S. (boldface mine): Our discourse around poverty, and particularly the so-called “culture of poverty,” often proceeds as if most poor people are black and most black people are poor. Neither … Continue reading

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Links 4/23/14

Links for you. Science: This Crazy Purple Cube Is 1 Giant Step for Space Agriculture. NASA to astronauts: “Let them eat kale.” Americans Wildly Overestimate the Impact of Routine Mammographies When Should Scientists Kill? When a series of entirely reasonable … Continue reading

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Phabulous Phasmids

Observed at the Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum, Washington D.C.–can you find the two members of Phobaeticus serratipes, the Giant Malaysian Stick Insect? Each of them was about fourteen inches long–here’s an easier angle: Don’t worry, they’re plant … Continue reading

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Things We All Know Yet Are Not True: The Supposedly Wealthy LGB Edition

In an excellent post, Kathleen Geier notes the following: The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, with which Badgett is affiliated, studies the economic status of LGBT individuals and their families. Some of their recent findings include the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, LGBT

Links 4/22/14

Links for you. Science: A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame Your Penis Is Getting in the Way of My Science (it seems we should do some developmental biology and figure out the appropriate homology statements) … Continue reading

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Fighting the Imaginary Demons in Their Heads: The Prenatal Care Edition

You might remember when The Onion jokingly described an imaginary Planned Parenthood ‘Abortionplex’, complete with a “state-of-the-art facility, which features an IMAX movie theater as well as multiple fetus incinerators.” Yes, it’s satire, but, as you might imagine, a conservative … Continue reading

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How Bad Is Massachusetts’ Opiate Epidemic?

No one really seems to know (boldface mine): Massachusetts is under siege from a frightening surge of heroin overdoses, Governor Deval Patrick said last month in declaring a state of emergency. That grim view has become unquestioned consensus among law … Continue reading

Posted in Drugs, Massachusetts

Links 4/21/14

Links for you. Science: Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark: Meet ‘photoswitches,’ a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries, absorbing energy and releasing it on demand. Triclosan aids nasal invasions by staph … Continue reading

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The Phrase That Makes Bioinformaticians Grind Their Teeth: Another Short-Read Genome Assembler

Michael Barton laments the state of bioinformatics software: Grants are harder and harder to obtain, yet we fund the current attrition of moving bioinformatics software forward one reinvention at a time. Where else is it acceptable to reinvent a tool … Continue reading

Posted in Bioinformatics, Genomics

It Was Such a Nice Day

Photos from last year’s race, obviously taken before 2:49pm: Where I usually watch the race, between Exeter and Newbury Streets, as the first runners began to arrive: Hopefully, things will go safely this year.

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