Links 1/25/15

Links for you. Science:

This is what happens when a paleontologist attacks Kesha on Twitter
U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit: Animal Welfare at Risk in Experiments for Meat Industry (I once applied for a job at the USDA Clay Center facility. Glad on many levels to not have been offered it)
Chimps and gorillas desperately need Ebola vaccine too – virus has wiped out a third of them
First DNA tests say Kennewick Man was Native American
Do 80% of Americans not know there’s DNA in food?


After the State of the Union (excellent)
Hey France, Don’t Do What We Did After 9/11 (must-read)
High test scores at many charter schools may actually be “false positives”
Here’s how Obama’s capital gains tax plan hits the 1% where they live (better late than never I suppose…)
The Many Lives of Hazel Bryan: In the most famous photo of the civil rights era, she was the face of white bigotry. Here’s what she did with the rest of her life. (even in the pre-internet era, you couldn’t always outrun a bad picture)
What went wrong with Metro’s emergency response?
The red stars and stripes of D.C.’s flag lend themselves to all sorts of creativity
Comic Book Readers, New York City, 1947
American Sniper makes Tarantino’s over-the-top movie our sad reality
New SAT, New Problems: The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.
The Museum of the Future Is Here: Some things belong in a museum. But at the Smithsonian’s recently reopened museum of design, a team has been rethinking what a thing is in the first place.
Hacker Mythologies and Mismanagement: Myths about engineering management harm projects. This makes them annoying and expensive. They also harm people. This makes them dangerous.
A new way for insurers to give doctors headaches
WBUR Poll: Bostonians Back Olympic Bid, But Also Want A Referendum
New York Winter from Above

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3 Responses to Links 1/25/15

  1. I’m glad someone noticed that the “80% of American’s don’t know that there’s DNA in food” bit doesn’t pass any common sense or smell tests. Sheesh. The twits wrote a stupidly bad question in their questionnaire and not only couldn’t see that they had messed up, but they kept on going with the inane conclusion.

    Similarly, the idea that 25% don’t know that the earth goes around the sun has got to be that some percentage of people run out of the energy required to answer stupid questions seriously. If someone asked me in a poll if the earth orbited the sun, I’d say no and justify it by saying that the solar system is a multi-body problem for which there isn’t a know closed solution, so we don’t know if the earth is orbiting, or if it just appears to be doing so temporarily…

    (Somewhat seriously, I’d believe that the US education system massively fails 10% or so of the population, but I don’t think it fails 25%. I suppose I could be being overly optimistic here, of course…)

  2. As an ex-Bostonian (’55 to ’86), I hope Boston gets sensible and rejects the Olympics. My adopted home town (Tokyo) will be doing the Olympics in 2020, and it’s going to be a disaster. Tokyo is large enough, and used to moving zillions* of people every day, that it will merely be an unpleasant disaster, but even thinking about moving an Olympic class stadium’s worth of people into and out of such a stadium in the Boston area is terrifying. (Actually, it’s terrifying in Tokyo, too: the subway and train access to the main Olympic stadium is inadequate and won’t be upgraded.)

    *: The Tokyo rail system moves 37 million people every day. As long as the suburbanites stay home, an Olympics is a piece of cake. And August is the month of the Buddhist “Obon” event (paying respect to the deceased), and many Tokyoites take a week off to visit the places they came from, so Tokyo is quieter than usual.

  3. anthrosciguy says:

    The linked post “This is what happens when a paleontologist attacks Kesha on Twitter” is missing a few words necessary for context. It should be “This is what happens when a paleontologist attacks Kesha on Twitter for pointing at a dinosaur”.

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