Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for August, 2010

Links 8/27/10

I’m excited about Glenn Beck’s “I Have a Nightmare” Rally in DC this weekend (I’m sure my relatives in the area are not). Anyway, links. Science: What the Egg Recall Says About Our Food Safety System (a surveillance success and regulatory failure) Tara Parker-Pope and the New York Times Well Blog: Acupuncture woo takes over…

While conservatives still blather on about ‘judicial activism’ whenever a federal judge decides that they’ve gone too far in cramming their theopolitical crap down our throats, the ongoing housing crisis*, aka Big Shitpile, could result in some honest-to-Intelligent Designer judicial activism. How? I’ve discussed previously how the poor, or even non-existent, paper trail for many…

Links 8/26/10

Finally, some sun. Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: Russia launches inquiry into Pavlovsk seed bank after Twitter campaign: President Dmitry Medvedev orders immediate inquiry into potential destruction of world’s oldest seed bank Sinus infections: what we do and don’t know ‘Women are getting more beautiful’ – Getting the story right Firefighter discovers 3-foot alligator…

Ken Mehlman Is No Jackie Robinson

Marc Ambinder reports that Ken Mehlman has admitted to friends and family that he is gay (did anyone really not know?): “It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path…

Last week, I wrote about the problems facing genomics and the concept of ownership of data. While I am sympathetic to researchers’ career needs under the current system, I don’t think we can, in good conscience, let that get in the way of rapid data release, especially in applied areas. I, and others, cast this…

Links 8/25/10

Still gray and ugly. But never fear, links are here! Science: Alligator Surfaces Beneath a Car in Queens Scientists hail breakthrough in fight against deadly Ebola virus Analysis: Half of published URLs are dysfunctional a decade later City mockingbirds can tell the difference between individual people Other: The creeping threat of backdoor privatization: Bit by…

Having parasitized private industry, our economic betters are now turning their sights on the public sector: The most popular deals in the works are metered municipal street and garage parking spaces. One of the first was in Chicago where the city received $1.16 billion in 2008 to allow a consortium led by Morgan Stanley to…

Is Peer Review Really This Problematic?

So there’s an article that a fair number of people have gotten all het up about in The Scientist which criticizes peer reivew. I’ll state for the record that I agree with the article in that the review process needs to be much faster, and more people need to be reviewing (the burden is too…

Links 8/24/10

We’ve been lucky this summer, and had very little gray cruddy days. But they’re baaackkk! Let’s celebrate with some links! Science: Immunizations: “If your children have been vaccinated against xyz disease, why would you care if others are NOT vaccinated” Nanofibre paint that kills MRSA Male and female ability differences down to socialisation, not genetics…

Or bigotry. Because union carpenters are the new Muslim. Or something. Here’s a refreshing exchange of free speech (italics mine): …at an anti-Mosque demonstration down in Lower Manhattan, when a black man walking through the crowd was… mistaken for a Muslim by the crowd — angrily. The video, shot by amateur YouTube videographer “lefthandedart,” opens…