Gene Expression

Archives for May, 2009

Waves of stationary shape: Over at Scienceblogs, people are talking about waves. Of course, everyone thinks that waves are in the domain of physics, and people always forget about one of my favorite subjects: waves of advance. Way back in the day, RA Fisher wondered what might happen if genes had to spread not just…

Optimism across the world

People By Nature Are Universally Optimistic, Study Shows: Data from the Gallup World Poll drove the findings, with adults in more than 140 countries providing a representative sample of 95 percent of the world’s population. The sample included more than 150,000 adults. Eighty-nine percent of individuals worldwide expect the next five years to be as…

Megan McArdle posts Edmund Andrews’ response to her revelation of his wife’s bankruptcies. Megan concludes: On a very broad note, I don’t see this as a story about the goodness or badness of Andrews or Barreiro–and I’ve been dismayed by some of the nastiness about her in comments here and elsewhere. Rather, I think this…

Katz

It is well known that different ethnic groups vary when it comes to diseases such as Type II Diabetes. Or, more specifically they vary in terms of risk, all things equal (if you use an online Type II Diabetes calculator you’ll see immediately as they sometimes have a parameter for ethnicity). American blacks for example…

Most people have probably read Edmund Andrews’ piece in The New York Times, My Personal Credit Crisis (expanded into the book Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown). Many raised eyebrows when reading this: We had very different ideas about money. Patty spent little on herself, but she refused to scrimp on top-quality produce, Starbucks…

Superfreaks about the face

A few years ago I commented a fair amount on the topic of prosopagnosia, face blindness. Turns out that ~2% of the population can’t really recognize faces, and this is a cryptic trait as many of these individuals have developed compensatory tendencies so that people don’t know. Not only that, but there seems to be…

California, a Broke State, Reels as Voters Rebuff Leaders: Direct democracy has once again upended California — enough so that the state may finally consider another way by overhauling its Constitution for the first time in 130 years. The problem is simple. Voters approve services through ballot measures, and reject taxes which might result in…

ScienceBlogs Brazil, in English

Turns out there is a new weblog which showcases some Brazilian ScienceBlogs posts, translated into English.

On Financial Foolishness

Check out this Felix Salmon’s interview (video) with Gillian Tett, author of Fool’s Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe (the reference to “Tribe” is a wink to Tett’s background as an anthropologist). Also, she was recently on NPR.