Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2010

The GOP Faux Populism Con

If a Democrat said something as half as derogatory about someone’s background, he or she would be pilloried non-stop as an ‘out-of-touch, liberal elitist.’ But if John Kasich, former Republican Congressman who is running for governor of Ohio, is any guide, IOKIYAR is still operative: The first line of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s campaign biography…

Ian Welsh, in “The bloody obviousness of most good predictions“, describes how many people simply can’t bring themselves to state the obvious: The Prof, a wonderful teacher who went by Dr. Anderson, and to whose door I once tacked a list of 15 intellectual disagreements, asked the class a simple question. “How many of you…

Links 6/24/10

Links for you. Science Worry grows over white-nose syndrome’s widening reach among bats Clinical trial conflict of interest for doctors Does greater competition improve performance or increase cheating? NIH to examine payback on research grants Testing the flotation dynamics and swimming abilities of giraffes by way of computational analysis The internet: Everything you ever need…

The Texas GOP–from the same state party that gives Representative Joe “I’m sorry” Barton–has gone out of its mind. Someone over at Media Matters, who clearly needs to be given hazard pay, looked through the Texas Republican Party platform. While there is so much stupid in there, for me, this one takes the cake: Further,…

Urban Vertical Farming: Maybe in Detroit?

We come across this very depressing article about how Detroit is becoming ‘unsettled’, in that it is suffering from a massive population decrease, leading to some unprecedented solutions: But a new momentum has taken hold here that embraces just that: shrinking the city in order to save it. “There’s nothing you can do with a…

Links 6/23/10

It’s Wednesday, and that means…I dunno? Links? Science: Tons of Bushmeat in Paris, Study Finds High-Yield Agriculture Slows Pace of Global Warming, Say Researchers Other: Against Boycott and Divestment Exchange: The Editors and Eric Alterman on the Flotilla Attack Simpson’s Social Security Video Rant: Why It’s Important Comply Immediately Or Things Could Go Very, Very…

When I first saw the title of this PloSOne article, “Unauthorized Horizontal Spread in the Laboratory Environment: The Tactics of Lula, a Temperate Lambdoid Bacteriophage of Escherichia coli“, I thought, “Hunh?!? You can actually publish articles about laboratory contamination?”, but it’s actually a very interesting article. In short, the article describes the discovery of a…

Links 6/22/10

Some links fahr ya. Science: Republican Governance: Researchers Could Tell You Where Oil Was Headed – IF Their Funding Hadn’t Been Slashed things are often not what they seem to be… AIDS in DC Small Fossil Mammals Reveal Wounds Left by the Last Great Extinction Outsourcing My Research Group Other: Sierra Club and Gang Green:…

I Thought They Hated Us for Our Freedoms

You mean, conservatives lied to us? From the NY Times coverage of the guilty plea by Faisal Shahzad in Times Square bombing plot: …Mr. Shahzad was unapologetic, characterizing himself as “part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people.” “I want to plead guilty, and I’m going to plead…

On Avalanches and Publishing

Others have commented on this ridiculous Chronicle of Higher Education article about the “avalanche” of publishing (seriously, how hard is it to use Web of Science or PubMed?), but I wanted to address the authors’ three suggestions. First: First, limit the number of papers to the best three, four, or five that a job or…