Links 5/10/14

Links for you. Science:

Study Finds That Women Aren’t Run by Their Periods. Scientists Everywhere Are Confused.
Can we please stop calling wild horses invasive?
The enduring benefits of vaccination
Driving in the wrong direction with a dodgy DNA satnav
The Ocean Floor Is Littered with Humanity’s Garbage

Other:

Spreading Good Around The World
How Censors Killed The Weird, Experimental, Progressive Golden Age Of Comics
What Inefficient Airline Boarding Procedures Have To Do With Net Neutrality
GOP Candidate Opposed To Marriage Equality Once Worked As A Drag Queen
Smartphones: The silent killer of the Web as you know it (though this assumes good eyesight)
Not Ready To Settle For Hillary
The Eye Is Always Watching
America’s “Immaculate Conception” Theory of War Crimes
The 9 Basics Of American Commerce That Everyone Should Know (Canada!)
Conspiracy, In Theory: How right-wing scaremongering about a U.N. global takeover has evolved into a surprisingly effective political strategy across the country.
Protest for me but not for thee
Supreme Court gets it wrong on state-sponsored religion
The meteoric, costly and unprecedented rise of incarceration in America

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3 Responses to Links 5/10/14

  1. That article on airline boarding is absurd. The reason that people want to board first has nothing to do with how long it takes to board; it’s so that they get on board before other people and have room to stow their carry-on bags. So making it quicker for everyone is irrelevant: passengers will still value boarding before other people.

  2. amandinator says:

    The study about periods absolutely baffles me. I know it’s very gratifying for many people to think humans, male and female, are controlled by hormonal impulses above all (they can excuse a lot of their own bad behavior that way), but I figured the scientific community, at least, would be long past that by now. Aren’t there much cooler and more important things those resources could have been directed toward?

  3. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Can we please stop calling wild horses invasive?…
    Except here’s the thing: horses are native to North America. They were certainly here well before humans. Fifty million years ago…
    Based on growing genetic evidence, the scientific community is in consensus that modern horses are native, descended from ice-age grandsires…

    Fatuous. By this standard, elephants are native because mammoths were here a mere 10000 years ago. Camels are native because camelids were here Camelops was also here 10,000 years ago. And so on.

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