Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2010

Links 6/30/10

I think we’re about to get overrun by zombies. Last chance for links. Science: From vibrator sales to troubles with monogamy, evidence aboundsthat Homo sapiens is an exceedingly sexual species. Science historian cracks the ‘Plato code’ “A state of institutional denialism” A Neuroscientist Uncovers A Dark Secret Other: Eastern Bank Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire…

One of the really difficult things for me to comprehend is why the idea of ‘Fiscal Austerity’ is so popular among politicians, especially too many Democratic ones, when Fiscal Austerity will lead to high unemployment. The null hypothesis of “people are fucking morons”, while personally appealing, just doesn’t seem to have explanatory power. However, Digby,…

Links 6/29/10

Another day, another dollar. Links for you (and they’re free!). Science: A simple way to get the antiscience crowd to come around? The Dynamics of Deathly Drool (With BONUS LOL Komodo Dragons!) Why kangaroos evolved small arms and long legs Other: Manifesto: I Am Not a Brand Why wouldn’t people be more likely to identify…

MA Sen. Scott Brown Costs MA $700 Million

Scott Brown apparently thinks helping conservative Southern senators is more important than helping Massachusetts: A Senate bill that extended unemployment benefits, funded summer jobs and provided cash to balance state budgets is no more after a Republican-led filibuster couldn’t be broken. Senator Scott Brown supported the fillibuster – he once voted against one – to…

Definitely breaking new ground around here. A recent paper in PLoS ONE examines the hypotheses surrounding the ecology and evolution of Komodo Dragon saliva. For those of you whose Komodo Dragonology is a little bit rusty, the saliva of Komodo Dragons can lead to infections that weaken or even kill prey that survive the original…

Links 6/28/10

Merry Monday. Links for you. Science: Bones from a Cheddar Gorge cave show that cannibalism helped Britain’s earliest settlers survive the ice age Hyperlinks support the type of reading scientists have always done Web genomics exposes ethics gaps. While connecting SNPs to playful traits such as curly hair and optimism, 23andMe reveals loopholes in the…

If you don’t know who Pete Peterson is, let me help you (We like helping!): …we can now return to the never-ending attempt by conservatives to gut Social Security. One of the key figures and bankrollers in that attempt is financier Peter Peterson. By key, I mean that he has spent around one billion dollars…

Links 6/27/10

Two weekend days with sun? NEVAH! Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: Cricket farm wiped out by fast moving virus Do they have an app for hand sanitizer? Demo iPads at city Apple stores are crawling with bacteria Baby’s first bacteria depend on route of delivery Many dramatic research results rely on the reports of…

By way of ScienceBlogling Ed Brayton, we discover that the Right Reverend Schenck is back in action, anointing political structures hither and yon. From Ed (italics mine): This week begins the confirmation hearings for President Obama’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Elena Kagan. I waited for that announcement before making one of my…

Links 6/26/10

Happy Sunny Saturday. If you’re stuck inside, here are some links. Science: Healthcare providers still aren’t washing their hands enough ‘Jaw-dropping’ levels of heavy metals found in whales Human foetus feels no pain before 24 weeks, study says. Finding in major review of scientific evidence strikes blow to those seeking to reduce upper time limit…