Links 3/15/15

Links for you. Science:

Researchers nearly double the size of worker ants
Ecology has a bright future. It just may be somewhere else. (important)
A Dovetail Route to Scaffolded Genomes
Can we build power plants that actually take carbon dioxide out of the air?
Sugar Industry Influence on the Scientific Agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research’s 1971 National Caries Program: A Historical Analysis of Internal Documents

Other:

How the rich devoured the American corporation — and what we can do about it
New Orleans filmmaker cleared in cold-case murder; false positive highlights limitations of familial DNA searching
“Voices from everywhere saying gently: This we praise. This we don’t.” (vicious)
Lawn Decoration of the Century
Poor People Don’t Need Better Social Norms. They Need Better Social Policies. What David Brooks doesn’t understand about poverty (my argument is sort of opposite–I know lots of rich people with shitty values. Doesn’t seem to hurt them, and might even help)
Class anxiety, brought to you by Apple
How I Achieved Peace by Crippling My Phone
Dupont Could Get Underground Hotel, Winery, or Art Gallery
NYU, grad student union reach agreement on wage hike, benefits
Gender Gap in Education Cuts Both Ways
Economists! Be more Marxist
I can’t stand Rahm: he’s an awful person who actually uses the R word, as in “Fucking Retarded”
Did Bullying Kill Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich? (it’s not bullying, it’s anti-Semitism)
Going to Shows When You Have a Disability
The Top U.S. Cities for Douchebags

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1 Response to Links 3/15/15

  1. Frank Carpenter says:

    How I Achieved Peace by Crippling My Phone

    This is so obvious it breaks my heart that the saying of it is noteworthy. Smart phones are probably the most important wasters of time and attention possible, not to mention flat out obnoxious distractions.
    I have a cell phone. It is just a phone. I turn it off when in the car, I turn it off when running machinery in my shop. I like my phone; it’s a durable 13 year old Samsung; my third, having run over two others (screen broke, phone still worked). I rule it, it doesn’t rule me. I’m not bored, I’m not lonely, and the last thing in the world I need is another distraction.

    So I’ll keep the phone, but I have begun to think a smart phone might be a useful tool.
    Pretty good camera, level, calculator, cad viewer (I’m a CNC woodworker), some other useful applications. I’ll never activate or use it as a phone however, that would be stupid and expensive.
    I’ll keep in in my layout tool drawer at the shop.

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