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Archives for July, 2010

Scientia Pro Publica #35 is Up!

I’ve been at a meeting, so I haven’t been able to get around to this, but Scientia Pro Publica #35, a science blog carnival, is now live at Kind of Curious. There’s lots of sciencey goodness over there (including this contribution by yours truly). So head on over and read some good science.

Imagine someone had designed a device that would essentially eliminate bloodstream infections (sepsis) caused by contamination of needleless injection ports. Great news right? Well, guess what happens next: Unlike some of the solutions floated by big medical device makers, such as coating the ports with silver, Shaw’s innovation added only a few pennies to the…

Links 7/22/10

Links for you. Science: Under The Microscope: Feminism, Scientists and Sexiness The 2 billion dollar protein sequencing error How to read a genome-wide association study Other: Feds getting ready to mislabel another key Revolutionary battle Whither ScienceBlogs? A Farewell to Scienceblogs: the Changing Science Blogging Ecosystem

Dogs and Adaption to Humans

In a good post about puppy mills, Amanda Marcotte made a good point about domesticated versus undomesticated pets (italics mine): This would probably mean that people couldn’t get exotic pets, and that isn’t really the sort of thing that would keep me up at night, either. I understand the urge to have something like a…

Links 7/21/10

Happy Wednesday! Links for you. Science: The Tiny Ant That’s Taking On The Big City Where stingrays reign French Scientists Crack Secrets Of ‘Mona Lisa’ Privately funded science Other: Ugly truth about Maryland’s crab industry; no wonder the locals don’t want the jobs Kool-Aid, Mainline Protestant Edition Wall Street Notices Main Street; Stocks Fall The…

Since I’m at a Human Microbiome Project meeting, and don’t have time to write, I thought this post from the archives of Mad Biologist was appropriate: A while ago, I talked about some things biologists should learn, and the glaring omission was mathematical fluency. I bring this up because one of the things the Mad…

Links 7/20/10

Somethings going with the Notorious H.M.P. No reason for forgetting to give you some links. Science: Unscientific California: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Serpentine and Biodiversity Getting someone fired: the most fun wingnuts can have while avoiding prison The Big Green Buy Other: Conservative slams the right on New Black Panther lies Firms cancel health coverage.…

Philip Mirowski has a must-read article in The Hedgehog Review about ‘The Great Mortification‘: the soul-searching (such as it is) that the economics profession has undergone since 2007. Two key points in Mirowski’s article are really important–and are relevant to most, if not all, intellectual disciplines. The first is “This Is What Happens When You…

Links 7/19/10

Merry Monday! Links for you. Science: Personal genomics: the importance of sequencing Gulf’s Artificial Islands Already Failing Scientists vs. Engineers: One prefers the unknown, the other can’t stand it. Now more than ever, we have to find a way to get along. Other: Conservative Groups Demand High Abortion, Teen Pregnancy Rates The Coming Birth Control…

I’ve read through the Washington Post article on our bloated, inefficient national security-surveillance apparatus–what Atrios characterizes as a system “to transfer money and power to elites while cementing the existence of a giant and extremely opaque patronage system. One with surveillance capabilities.” This caught my eye as it sounds like a serious security risk (italics…