Links 10/16/18

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Links for you. Science:

Black Queen Evolution and Trophic Interactions Determine Plasmid Survival after the Disruption of the Conjugation Network
Fighting The Flu Can Come Down To Fighting The Myths
Please help MeTooSTEM launch as a nonprofit organization
Opposing a bylaws change at the National Association of Science Writers
Senate Confirms BP Oil Spill Lawyer, Climate Policy Foe as Government’s Top Environment Attorney

Other:

Ending the Evil of Student Loans (very good)
It’s Time for Chuck Schumer to Go
Metro could have put millions to better use, inspector general says (this is a management failure)
Via email, Senator Warren has explained why John Kelly decided to call her “an impolite arrogant woman”
The long, long history of long, long CVS receipts: Why is a receipt for cough drops the height of a small child?
Republicans are distracting you
No light at the end of the tunnel for MTA, comptroller finds
Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit
DC’s new Airbnb bill will outlaw far more rentals than its proponents thought
Democracy in Danger in Georgia: The right is using voter suppression to rig the governor’s race.
Republicans Have a Secret Weapon in the Midterms: Voter Suppression
The Outrageous Master Sommelier Scandal, Explained
The Many Standards of Anger
The perfectly incoherent Trumpism of Charlie Kirk’s Campus Battlefield
Men and Babies
Why is the mob angry? Because Trump is ripping us apart with bigotry and hatred.
A Map of Every Building in America
Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast (nope, he is ill)
President Trump’s effort to rig the census is a deepening scandal

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One Response to Links 10/16/18

  1. zero says:

    That first link really changed the way I think about bacteria.
    I had thought they were random, independent, only passively benefitting from one another by accidents of evolution. It seems they are far more ‘social’ than I imagined, signalling each other with a wide array of chemical compounds as well as genetic code snippets.
    That kind of complexity is surely comparable to the complexity of cellular interaction in higher life forms, where hormones and other chemical signals activate or suppress portions of the genetic code as well as protein production and many other processes. In the case of bacteria, however, genes themselves can be exchanged with other species.

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