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Archives for August, 2010

Links 8/31/10

Links for you. Science: Estimate Lowered of Typical Flu Toll Don’t Just Sit There! How bathroom posture affects your health. Other: Failure To Rise SMART POLICY, SMART POLITICS…. The Confederate Party has always been about ‘Honor’ MOVEMENTS ARE ABOUT SOMETHING REAL…. 75 years of unqualified success

Scientia Pro Publica #38 is Up!

Lots of interesting science happening over at Dr. Shock’s place. My utterance is this. As the kids say, check the whole thing out.

The Price of Sequencing Versus the Cost

So, Nature Reviews Genetics has an article, “Computational solutions to large-scale data management and analysis“, which claims the following in the abstract (italics mine): Today we can generate hundreds of gigabases of DNA and RNA sequencing data in a week for less than US$5,000. The astonishing rate of data generation by these low-cost, high-throughput technologies…

Links 8/30/10

I’m hopefully in Atlanta by now, en route to St. Louis for Microbiome-y goodness. Links for you: God, I Need a Cup of Placebo Coffee Tiny, New, Pea-Sized Frog is Old World’s Smallest On the Luxury of ‘Coming Out’ When You Feel Like It Building a Nation of Know-Nothings A long time ago, before death…

Programming Note: Microbiome Meeting

I’ll be at the Human Microbiome Research Conference for a few days. But don’t worry, this blog will keep on rollin’.

One of the mysteries of genome-wide association studies (“GWAS”) is the problem of ‘missing heritability': quantitative genetics indicates that a trait (e.g., height, heart disease) has a significant genetic component, but the genetic variation we can link to that trait only explains a small amount of the suggested heritability. Christophe Lambert describes why he thinks…

Links 8/29/30

Hotter than hell today. Stay inside and enjoy some refreshing links. Science: White Flight in Social Networks? A Story of Another Digital Divide Cavemen Accused of Wiping Out Cave Bears (‘cavemen’ implies they weren’t human. Bad title) Tricky margay wildcat mimics its prey Other: Identifying Cyclical vs. Structural Unemployment: A Guide for Slate Writers (hypothesis…

By way of Howie Klein comes this explanation of what makes a successful politician–and what gets in the way: It goes, “I am not part of the political establishment. I am not a career politician. Trust me, because I am a successful business owner and can run government better.” That’s not much of a sales…

Links 8/28/10

Sunny. Warm. Links. Science: Brief data analysis interlude Wave of Rhabdomyolysis in Oregon High School Football Players Darwin wrong–again?? Dude, where are my copy number variants? Other: PAC-Man Ate My Ballot An Infrastructure Perfect Storm: New York Trains Shut Down En Masse Managing The LA Times Teacher List Fallout LA Times Value-Added Release – Problems…

Fred Clark, at Slacktivist, fires off a essential rejoinder to deficit reductionists and austerians, with bridge reconstruction as the particular example (italics mine): Let’s consider again the objection of deficit spending. The so-called deficit hawks object to repairing structurally deficient bridges because they say the government cannot afford to borrow money to do so —…