Links 12/31/14

Links for you. Science:

Chikungunya Virus Infects More Than 1 Million in Americas (this is a disease we should be freaking out about)
Krampus visits Atlanta
Hunter-gatherer past shows our fragile bones result from inactivity since invention of farming
The Smart Phone As Vector 2014
On the (dis)unity of the sciences


What Stalled the Gender Revolution? Child Care That Costs More Than College Tuition
Why Your Political Teevee SuXor: Outside Things May Be Tragic, But In Here We Feel It’s Magic
Universities “eliminate tenure because Starbucks does not have tenure”
What Makes Children Stop Believing in Santa Claus?
American Sniper Is a War-on-Terror Fantasy
6 Lessons from Pearson’s Assessment Renaissance
Why we can’t educate racism away: At its root, racism is a structural problem
How many times do we have to say it? No, Twitter isn’t dying
Accomplishing Popular Things is Popular
The Interview and the Year That Voters Got Scared of Everything
How Colonel Sanders Became Father Christmas in Japan
How About If We All Get Back to Protecting and Serving? (corruption is not a limited phenomenon)
Challenging the Divine Right of Big Energy
Let’s Turn Our Backs, Just Like Rogue NYPD Cops
City, teachers’ union announce plan to lengthen day at 60 schools

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1 Response to Links 12/31/14

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    The Best Science Books of 2014
    from the comments:

    jinkxe: Anyone read: Neanderthal Man: In search of lost genomes by Svante Paabo? Is it any good? It looked interesting.
    Annalee Newitz: It was really uneven. There are long sections that are extremely dry, where he talks about his research but somehow manages to make it uninteresting by delving too deeply into the technical aspects of which machines he’s used, etc. It’s actually amazing that he’s able to make such fascinating research sound so dull. And then suddenly, he’ll have this startlingly personal passage about having sex with his wife and boyfriend — and you’re like, “Wait, WHAT?” Then it’s back to genome sequencing technology. There’s a super interesting story buried in here, but somehow he wasn’t able to tell it.

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