Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2007

Fear the Attractors.

This is my healthcare plan. It is much better than your stinky French one (from here) In a previous post, I wondered why we don’t just steal someone else’s healthcare system instead of inventing some untried and untested system. In TNR, Jonathan Cohn asks the same question (italics mine):

About Those Missing WMD in Syria…

Jonathan Hari of TNR bravely went undercover and joined a cruise hosted by the National Review. That is a heroic sacrifice on behalf of the Coalition of the Sane, and no amount of satire could do that lunacy justice. But Norman “the blood of GIs is better than Viagra” Podhoretz brought up that tired canard…

How Museums Teach Evolution…

…and the psychological brickwalls they run into. With all of the talk about the Creationist Museum, I thought it would be worth discussing a museum that is trying to teach evolution. In the June 2007 issue of Evolution*, Diamond and Evans describe some of the responses to a revamped evolution exhibit, “Explore Evolution“, at the…

Condolences

Lindsay Beyerstein of Majikthise lost her father recently. Some kind words couldn’t hurt.

More MA Budget Cut Madness

More ridiculous budget cuts in Massachusetts at the local level. This time it’s schools, not libraries. According to the Boston Globe, Shoreham, MA has failed to approve a property tax override leading to the following educational budget cuts:

Well, they’re not my suggestions, they’re David Hillis’ But they are still pretty good…. In the June 2007 issue of Evolution, Hillis writes about how to make general biology textbooks discuss evolution better. He has a list of ten suggestions, and I thought it would be interesting to go through them (italics original; boldface mine;…

The feminist blog, Shakesville (formerly Shakespeare’s Sister), has been hit with a denial of service attack. Oddly enough, it happened right after she criticized Scientology (on the other hand, lots of people have been gunning for Shakes for some time). The site is moving to a dedicated server, but that costs money, so, if you…

Following Cheney’s claim that he is not part of the executive branch, the Washington Post ran a story detailing Cheney’s reach throughout the executive branch. Laura Rozen relates a fascinating letter from a veteran editor:

Abandoned fourth century AD settlement. Photo by L. LaĆ¼t. In the June 2007 issue of Ecology, Dambrine et al. have a fascinating article demonstrating that abandoned Roman settlements still affect the local abundance of plant communities. From the abstract (italics mine):