Monthly Archives: June 2015

Links 6/30/15

Links for you. Science: Consumers of commercial genetic tests understand more than many believe Cameroon lake cichlids probably did not speciate sympatrically: Part 1, Part 2 First Peoples: It’s Complicated Coke vs. Pepsi: The E. coli Test Malthusian Parameters as … Continue reading

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Observed at a D.C. area used bookstore:

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National Security and U.S. Energy Infrastructure

It’s kind of sad that we can’t recognize the need for competent energy infrastructure without having to resort to national security justifications. On the other hand, that did get us some highways in the 1950s, so maybe this will work … Continue reading

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Links 6/29/15

Links for you. Science: US Congress moves to block human-embryo editing Why failing to understand evolution makes your NIH reform ideas suck (not how I would characterize evolution, but still very good) It’s more than stamp collecting: how genome sequencing … Continue reading

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Sometimes History Does Repeat

No, really. This catch by historian Peter Shulman from the Portland Oregonian will seem very familiar in light of recent events (image below the fold; boldface mine): Major I.B. Brown, deputy secretary of internal affairs of this state, and a … Continue reading

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I, For One, Welcome Our Robotic Overlords

A recent Atlantic article is the latest installment in ‘the robots are taking all our jobs’ genre. It’s pretty good, but I’ve never entirely understood the concern. I’ve always viewed this as an opportunity: In 1900, about half of the … Continue reading

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Links 6/28/15

Links for you. Science: What Could Go Wrong? The government is putting a pathogen-research lab in Tornado Alley. Broad Institute, Google Genomics to develop online tools to analyze genetic data Old privileged idiots defend Tim Hunt and call for sexism … Continue reading

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True Colors

Because It’s Never About Race or Slavery: As the afternoon drew on and their retreat turned into a rout, the lingering upholders of the Confederacy watched as license plates, statues and prominently placed Confederate battle flags slipped from their reach. … Continue reading

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Links 6/27/15

Links for you. Science: Delusions of the Nature of Scientific Progress This freaky ancient worm shows what spider and insect ancestors might have looked like Pursuit of Cash Taints Promise of Gene Tests Disabled Orca Stumpy Has Always Relied on … Continue reading

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