Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for January, 2010

Sunday Links

It’s still freezing. A good reason for links. Science: Why The iPad Is Crap Futurism British Newspapers Make Things Up Life Imitating Life UnPolitical America: A Crisis of Political Illiteracy? Other: A Colossal Failure Of Governance: The Reappointment of Ben Bernanke Ladies, meet your new gender diversity coordinator, Mr. Angry Penis SCREAM BLOODY MURDER…. He…

Zipcar Pulls Toyota Matrix from Its Fleets

If you live in a city, you’re probably familiar with Zipcar. It’s the car rental service that let’s you rent by the half-hour, which is very useful if you don’t own a car, and need one to run the occasional errand. Guess what comprises five percent of Zipcar’s fleet: Hello [Mike the Mad Biologist], You…

Saturday Sermon: It’s the Congress, Stupid

As I say often (probably far too often), ultimately policies have to help the majority of voters, and when they don’t people stay home. Outsourced to Gin and Tacos (italics mine): It is plainly obvious that Democratic candidates can’t expect success without the voters who showed up in 2008, and they’re not going to show…

Friday Links

It’s Freezing Friday. Links to keep ya warm. Science: The Evolution of an Internet Meme Science Channel Refuses To Dumb Down Science Any Further It was the best of sources, and the worst of sources: the Internet and health information In Defense of the Beta Blocker Increasing NIH funding means jobs and reputation for New…

A very quick, nearly Twitter-esque point. Reading this post by Mike Stark about the Bernanke confirmation, it is remarkable (and disturbing) how few senators seem to realize where Bernanke stands on unemployment. What’s worse is how far off the radar screen the Fed is for so many of the senators interviewed. If I were a…

Sure, there were some nice parts in Obama’s State of the Union speech. But this part is the equivalent of flat-eartherism and creationism (italics mine): Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all…

Thursday Links

It’s Thursday. And that means links. Or something. Science: China Second to US in research, set to pass in 2020 Research Project Grant Support For “Younger Researchers” On the latest NIH soft-money kerfuffle Collins warns Universities to roll back soft money jobs…sortof Shrimp’s Dirty Secrets: Why America’s Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare…

Or something. Tuesday, I wrote about the reporting on the Oregon ballot initiatives, but, of course, the ballot initiative itself actually matters. And Oregon voters approved the tax increases (italics mine): Yesterday Oregon voters delivered a huge victory for progressives by approving Measures 66 and 67, raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 and large corporations…

Over at The Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen asks: What do people think are the potential benefits that could come from finishing? For those who don’t know what genome finishing is, I’ll let Eisen give the short summary: Finishing: Using any combination of laboratory, computational and other analyses one can both fill in gaps in…

Wednesday Links

Merry Wednesday. Links for you. Science: The 2,700 year old Pashtun link to Israel (should end with a question mark) Network Theory: A Key to Unraveling How Nature Works Rice, alcohol and genes Experts stunned by swan ‘divorce’ at Slimbridge wetland Is Algae Worse than Corn for Biofuels? A new analysis suggests so because of…