Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2009

Tuesday Links

Still cloudy and cruddy in Boston, so here are some links for you. Science:

It’s simple–as long as one doesn’t criticize the press corps from the left (doing it from the right is ok and accepted–you get to be the house liberal. Bob Somerby:

Over the weekend, I had started writing a post titled “When Will [economist Paul] Krugman Have His Creationist Epiphany?” It was inspired by a comment left on a Krugman post about “the Great Ignorance which seems to have overtaken much of the economics profession — the “rediscovery” of old fallacies about deficit spending and interest…

Yesterday’s article by Gina Kolata about cancer research mistakes a symptom–caution due to a perceived lack of funding–for the disease, which is the symbiosis between academia and the NIH. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of research should involve academics. But the priorities of NIH have become overwhelmed by the priorities of academia. I think…

I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow, but I wanted to draw your attention to an article in today’s NY Times that is critical of cancer research by Gina Kolata. Here’s a snippet:

I told you this would happen. I used to give a lot of talks about antibiotic resistance, and when I did so, I would often use a cartoon as a humorous way to portray the severity of the resistance problem:

Saturday Links

Here are some links for you. Science firstest:

I think some people don’t realize the extent to which movement conservativism is not about policy, but an existential sense of self. I realize that I come across as pretty partisan, but, for me, it’s ultimately about objectives: if I want a public option for healthcare, it’s because I think it will improve healthcare. If…

Remember McCain and Beaver Management?

During the battle over the stimulus package, Republican Senator John McCain tweeted: $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi – how does one manage a beaver? I argued at the time that it’s quite possible that $650,000 to better understand how to stop the economic damage that beavers cause is a good use…

The Deceptive Statistics of Unemployment

Before I dive in, I really do want good news. But misinterpreting bad economic news as good news doesn’t help. You might have heard that, last week, jobless claims dropped (i.e., the number of workers filing for unemployment benefits decreased). This is a good thing, right? Not so fast. Barry Ritholtz: