Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for August, 2009

Wednesday Links

More stuff I’ll never be able to blog about. Science:

You might find it hard to believe, but determining whether restricting antibiotic use leads to decreased resistance is actually not very straightforward. That’s because antibiotic resistance genes can be linked to–that is, they travel along with–other resistance genes or even genes that are favored for some other reason. So even when an antibiotic is no…

Sen. Edward Kennedy, RIP

Senator Kennedy died late last night. From his family:

If you’re wondering who Arthur Frommer is, he’s the chief author of Frommer’s Travel Guides, which can be found at virtually every U.S. bookstore. So when Frommer argues that people should reconsider visiting Arizona, that’s not definitely good for Arizona’s tourism sector. But Frommer’s reasons are…interesting (italics mine):

Monday Links

More stuff I’ll never get around to blogging about. Science:

As readers might guess, I get a lot of junk mail from Democrats asking me to save America by giving them money (although some are worth giving to). The newest sales pitch is to raise the specter of Republicans being able to filibuster. For instance, Senate candidate and current congressman Paul Hodes of New Hampshire…

In various posts refuting the creationist canard that we can’t explain everything, I’ve argued that if biologists knew everything then we wouldn’t need to do biology. Comedian Dara O’Briain makes a similar point and many other hilarious ones too:

Saturday Links

Happy Saturday. Here are some links. Science:

For a bunch of guys who are supposed to be politically smart, Obama’s team sure is stupid. You’re probably wondering what the hell the agricultural bill (the bill that gives farmers lots of subsidies) has to do with healthcare. Once upon a time, people always used to joke that Senator Bob Dole could be rolled…

Or something. The healthcare debate is making movement conservatives completely unhinged. Bachmann: “That’s why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress,” said Bachmann, “and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body…