Monthly Archives: October 2017

Links 10/31/17

Links for you. Science: Where “The Walking Dead” Goes Wrong With Zombies ProposalChutzpah Five years after Sandy, National Weather Service threat communication is still a pile of mush A Woodpecker Has Been Attacking Car Mirrors in Snellville, Georgia California’s opioid … Continue reading

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Halloween On 16th

Observed on 16th Street NW, between Q and Corcoran, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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Once Again, Papers Are Professional Currency

At least in biology. And nothing will change until funders decide things should change. Mathematician Timothy Gowers writes about peer review (boldface mine): Defences of formal peer review tend to focus on three functions it serves. The first is that … Continue reading

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Links 10/30/17

Links for you. Science: Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects Is It Possible to Predict the Next Pandemic? Why does drug resistance readily evolve but vaccine resistance does not? Medieval love of squirrel … Continue reading

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It’s A Trap!

Lots of them, to be precise. Observed at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Southwest, D.C.:

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Never Read The Comments When It Comes To Transportation

And I broke the rule. Last week, I tweeted a picture of a protest, which was picked up by D.C. blog PoPville: The protestors were chanting, “Fuck it. Make it fair. Fix it”, and calling for a flat Metro fair. … Continue reading

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Links 10/29/17

Links for you. Science: When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy Why do we call it that? Backstories of seven disease names Maybe you shouldn’t vaccinate your kids—maybe equinate them instead The Unforgiving Math That Stops Epidemics FDA Releases 2015 … Continue reading

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A Possible Reason Why Building Infrastructure Is So Expensive In The U.S.

In a sort of throwaway line about Whitefish Energy–the very small Montanan electrical utility that has been tapped to rebuild much of Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure, Charles Pierce makes a critical observation (boldface mine): In addition, if you’re looking for … Continue reading

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Links 10/28/17

Links for you. Science: The Power of Bias in Economics Research Trump wants to cripple storm forecasting just when it’s getting good — and we need it most Down hundreds of staff, Weather Service ‘teetering on the brink of failure,’ … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist links: Stop Rehabilitating George W. Bush We Dodged A Bullet With Former HHS Secretary Price Corner Cornucopia Democrats Do Need To Nationalize Elections Let.Go. The Mad Biologist Review Of the New(ish) MacBook Pro Dream You … Continue reading

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