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Archives for July, 2009

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Heritability of height vs. weight

Megan McArdle has a post, Thining Thin, a follow up to America’s Moral Panic Over Obesity. She says: 1. Obesity is increasing in the population, so it can’t be genetic. Well, average height is also increasing in the population. Does that mean that you could be as tall as me, if you weren’t too lazy…

An ancestry informative marker set for determining continental origin: validation and extension using human genome diversity panels: Results In this study, genotypes from Human Genome Diversity Panel populations were used to further evaluate a 93 SNP AIM panel, a subset of the 128 AIMS set, for distinguishing continental origins. Using both model-based and relatively model-independent…

Best cities for singles

Matt Yglesias pointed to this Forbes list of best cities for singles. Shouldn’t one observe that the best city for men might not be the best city for women, and vice versa??? (sex ratio differences) Below the fold is the famous “singles map” from a few years back….

Rise of Google, 1999-2001

A quick follow up to the post below, I was curious as to the increased profile of Google in The New York Times (Google trends doesn’t seem to be available to the public before 2004) around the turn of the century. In particular, I curious as to Google’s prominence in the “Technology” section of the…

The next Google?

The collaboration between Yahoo! and Microsoft is spawning a lot of articles about the coming duopoly in search (since the Yahoo! Microsoft deal is for 10 years, we’re talking 10 year horizon times). But this got me to thinking: when did people realize Google was something big? I realized Google was something big (for me…

Missing Productive Woman

News story, brought to you by the same people responsible for China Strong.

Update: The author of the paper clears up confusions. Follow up to the post yesterday, here’s the paper, Physical attractiveness and reproductive success in humans: evidence from the late 20th century United States: Physical attractiveness has been associated with mating behavior, but its role in reproductive success of contemporary humans has received surprisingly little attention.…

Charles Darwin & Germany

Short article in PLoS Biology, Charles Darwin’s Reception in Germany and What Followed.

In the post below I wanted to have an attractive female headshot, so I naturally looked for something from Megan Fox. A few years ago I probably would have used someone like Jessica Alba. In fact, I did use Alba as an “illustration” a few times in this blog’s history. But 3 years is a…