Monthly Archives: September 2017

Links 9/26/17

Links for you. Science: Mysterious flesh-eating bacteria is raging in Australia How to Raise the Rarest Kiwi After 20 Years, A Drug That Silences Genes Succeeds Flu Shots: Here We Go Again! Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings Other: America, … Continue reading

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Elephant Ears

Observed on Naylor Court, NW, between 9th and 10th, Shaw, D.C.:

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The Fragility Of Scientific Infrastructure

While the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico must be the primary concern, it also reminds us that scientific infrastructure, despite what is commonly depicted in movies and on the dangblasted teevee machine, is far more fragile than we realize … Continue reading

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Links 9/25/17

Links for you. Science: The data gap problem Predicting Junior Faculty Success Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here are their 6 key takeaways The Biotech Devil’s Dictionary: Your guide to the inanities of industry jargon The … Continue reading

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Why Statehood Matters: Puerto Rico And Senate Representation

As the humanitarian crisis in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico unfolds, the Twitter machine keeps asking why nothing is being done (or some variant thereof). There’s a simple reason: a lack of political power. If Puerto Rico had two … Continue reading

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The ‘Opioid’ Crisis Runs Deep

As we’ve noted before, while opioids rack up the highest body count, many kinds of drug use have become much more lethal: Since 2011 opioid and opiate deaths combined in Ohio have increased from 1,228 to 4,365 in 2016–a 3.55-fold … Continue reading

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Links 9/24/17

Links for you. Science: A Human Genome Pioneer Just Got Embroiled In A Gender Discrimination Suit Untangling Darwin Compensatory evolution facilitates the acquisition of multiple plasmids in bacteria Queens under pressure – do pesticides provide additional challenges for bumblebees starting … Continue reading

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How To Demoralize The Federal Workforce: The Charter Flight Edition

When Republicans haven’t spent the last week trying to kill thousands of their (supposedly) fellow Americans, HHS Secretary (and former Republican congressman) Tom Price has been defending himself from reports that he chartered over a dozen private–and expensive as hell–flights … Continue reading

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Links 9/23/17

Links for you. Science: How Civilization Started House finches add cigarette butts to their nests to avoid ectoparasites New NASA director comes with pluses and minuses Presidential Council Could Take a Cue from “Big Food” in Antibiotics Leadership Hidden Dangers … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist links: The Political Economy Of Equifax And Easy, Bad Credit Eyesore Once Again, Republicans Are Trying To Kill Thousands Of People So Much Hate: The Graffiti Wars The Difference Between Healthcare And Health Insurance: The … Continue reading

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