Links 3/24/15

Links for you. Science:

Pet Peeves (excellent, and every science journalist must read this)
In which the postdoc sell-by date continues to shrivel: The MRC comes to its senses
Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome (it’s not a ban, it’s a moratorium, and the same thing happened in the 1970s with genetic transformation. Everyone calm down)
Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman John Urschel Publishes Paper In Math Journal

Other:

Stunning surge in graduation rate as Rainier Beach gamble pays off
San Francisco’s New Luxury Bus Startup Is Already Pissing People Off (last sentence is awesome)
Ranking the Sad Parade of Federal Transpo Funding Ideas From Worst to Best
Wishing doesn’t make it so
Bostonians Back Space Savers — As More Neighborhoods Seek To Ban Them
We’ll All Eat Grasshoppers—Once We Know How to Raise Them (and when we call them chapulines in the U.S.)
A Black Girl’s History With Southern Frat Racism: I was one of few black students at a small college in Kentucky in the early 2000s. Every day I was reminded just how unwelcome I was there.
Why Is Support for Government Redistribution Declining Among African-Americans and the Elderly?
Dear Politicians, Stop Calling People “Taxpayers”
Why I Still Play Football
The Economics of the California Water Shortage
GOP Would Freeze Pell
“We’ll have to look at the data”
A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked
Why ISIS’s destruction of antiquities hurts so much
A Sour And Worthless Thing: Missouri Gives Us A Lesson In Modern Politics
American People Must Say No to Washington’s Foolish Policy of Constant War
The billionaire’s typewriter

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4 Responses to Links 3/24/15

  1. That fucken “space saving” shittio crackes me the fucke uppe!!!!! Reason number eleventeen fucketillion why Boston and its residents are the fucken worst!!!!! FUcken violent troglodytes!

  2. Gingerbaker says:

    We’ll all eat grasshoppers……. and love it ….when that brain control drug they put in the water supply finally kicks in, so we don’t realize that all the breathless articles about the joys of eating bugs and living in teeny tiny houses is just The Man lowering our expectations.

  3. jrkrideau says:

    @gingerbaker
    Read the paper Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf and get back to us on that.

    In many countries we’re talking high-priced delicacies. And if we can use insects for animal of fish foods we’re laughing all the way to the bank without changing our dietary habits.

    BTW, sautéed grasshoppers are rather nice but damned hard to catch.

  4. kaleberg says:

    San Francisco has a serious bus system problem. All of their buses are local with no skipped stops, so a bus from the far west of the city to the east can take over an hour in light traffic. That’s a ridiculously long time, maybe 2-3 times longer than driving. The people running the buses have wanted to follow the lead of many other cities and offer express bus service with stops more than two or three blocks apart, but neighborhood activists have stopped them. They want frequent stops in their neighborhood and no through buses. They get their stops, but at the cost of an impossible system. It’s a lot like their antipathy towards high density housing. They get their low density, but at increasingly impossible prices.
    The article seems to miss the point that SF is a city that needs better public transportation. (It grew up as an automobile city. After the 1906 earthquake people realized that horses are much more skittish than cars.) If the local transit authorities could simply apply well known and well tested methods for moving people around, then that would be fine and dandy, but politically they can’t. That means more pressure to live near the business districts and we know who can best afford that. It also means more people are going to buy their way out of long bus commutes by taking their car, taking a taxi or car service or taking a private bus and paying a premium for it. In terms of an effective transportation solution, the bus service is the most efficient of the lot. Six dollars is not an insanely high fare. NYC express buses run by the city cost $6,50 now, and the folks on board are not all Park Avenue millionaires.

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