Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for September, 2010

A while ago, I wrote, “Someday, a science reporter is going to hybridize with an economics reporter and then the topic of how science is funded will actually be covered accurately. Until then, you’re stuck with the Mad Biologist.” Well, I don’t know if the hybridization experiment has been successful, but a Nature news article…

Links 9/26/10

I think we had our last weekend day of summer yesterday. Let’s mourn with some links. Science: Another new bad resistance factor. (Bonus: Another city stigmatized!) Whooping cough epidemic suggests bacteria are adapting (TEH DARWINISMZ! AAIIIEEE!!!!) What’s not to love about baby seahorses? Other: Curse of the control freaks We Should Have Gone Swedish .…

For those who don’t know, Texas is very important in determining what is found in U.S. textbooks due to its large purchasing power. While keeping anti-science wackaloons off of school boards is a good thing anywhere, it goes double in Texas. Sheril Kirshenbaum explains: There are two, local races, where every penny goes to work,…

Links 9/25/10

It’s a sunny Saturday here. If you’re stuck inside, here are some links. Science: Cocaine detectors for parents are a terrible idea: Nearly being arrested for drug smuggling provided me with an excellent introduction to the problem of false positives The Revolution Will Not be Blogged, Either The truth about vaccines and toxins: less aluminum…

Two Exhibits Worth Seeing

One is in Boston, the other in D.C. In Boston, the Boston Public Library has an amazing collection of travel posters from the 1920s to the 1950s. Here’s one: If you can’t visit it, there’s an online gallery. In D.C., the Smithsonian Natural History Museum has an exhibit about how the Natural History Museum has…

Links 9/24/10

It’s Friday. Celebrate with some links. Science: Danger, Will Robinson? Safety in scientific field work We are exposed to more viruses as we age. In other words, A VIRUS IS MAKIN MAH BABBY FAT! (I can’t believe that neither the reviewers nor the authors thought to control for age) How to Take a Government-Approved Poop…

David Dobbs asks a really good question about the effect of scientific (scholastic) publishing on communication of science to the public: I want to consider another problem with the paper’s overvaluation: it discourages scientists from engaging the public. How so? Because many seem to think that when they’ve finished the paper, they’ve finished their work.…

Links 9/23/10

Thursday already? Oh well, links. Science: Amazing Sight in the South Pacific Balancing scientific rigor versus patient good in clinical trials Is page reading different from screen reading? Scientists investigating oil spill unsettled by calls from federal commission Other: Million Masturbator March A Terrifying Situation Jackie at the crossroads Barack Obama: The conservatives’ liberal /…

But, then again, I’m one of those pessimistic liberals, so what do I know? By the way, when the CEO of Wal-Mart is more sensitive to the needs of the unemployed than our political betters, you know we’re screwed: “The paycheck cycle we’ve talked about before remains extreme. It is our responsibility to figure out…

And ‘suburban’ is code. Monday, I responded to a rich twit’s complaint about how difficult his life was at $450,000 of annual income (Note: Since then, said twit has removed the post. Fortunately, Brad ‘Deling’ DeLong is aware of all internet traditions, and has saved the post for posterity). In that post, I wrote: Perhaps…