Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for May, 2009

Protect Our Prisons from Terrorists

Friends, this is compassionate conservatism we can believe in:

Joseph Marr Cronin and Howard E. Horton describe the extent to which college tuitions appear to have become the next economic bubble:

I Want a Pet Hippo

This is truly remarkable:

Friday Links

Happy Friday! Some links for you. Science:

Don’t Blame the Models

No, not skinny models, mathematical models. Katrina Lamb writes:

A recent column by Dan Arielly gives me a reason to discuss what I think are some of the problems with the recent emphasis on irrationality in economic theory. Before I get into that, I should note that I liked Arielly’s book Predictably Irrational, and am impressed by Shiller’s work. The idea that people behave…

Without getting into the pros and cons of traditional marriage ceremonies, I think most people would probably agree that eloping in order to get better healthcare insurance probably does little to support the supposed sanctity of marriage. Let me explain.

Tuesday Links

Why aren’t three day weekends long enough? Anyway, here are some links for you. Science first:

Having recently returned from the ASM (American Society for Microbiology) General Meeting held in Philadelphia, I’m convinced that it should be held there every year–or, at least, it should be the permanent East Coast venue.

Tweet? (and not the internet kind). At the recent ASM meeting, I saw a poster presented by Mark Schroeder of Ohio Wesleyan University about the prevalence of methicillin-resistant staphylococci in wild song birds (the staphylococci include several potential pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and S. epidermis).