Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for November, 2010

Links 11/30/10

Happy Tuesday. Links for you. Science: GQ Rockstars of Science – the demographics New research on bedbug insecticide resistance The antidepressant reboxetine: A headdesk moment in science Other: Bernanke hints dollar standard is flawed (trade war? Could be) Learning About KIPP: Lesson 1 Is Student Debt the Next Front in the Consumer Debt Crisis? (problem…

Nothing at all. Here’s what I don’t get about Obama’s proposal to freeze federal workers’ salaries: he got nothing in return. Just like he did with healthcare. Nothing. And he is out of his fucking skull if he thinks either the Republicans or the Very Serious People are going to give him credit for this.…

Freezing NIH Salaries Helps How, Exactly?

You might have heard how Obama has called for a three year salary freeze for all non-military federal employees. Let’s leave aside the notion that we need every drop of fiscal stimulus we can get our hands on. Instead, I would like to know how this will not make things worse for research in the…

Links 11/29/10

Links for you. Science: Let Loose the Coyotes? Chicago Embraces Rat-Hunting Predators (if they go after those annoying little yippy dogs, that’s an extra bonus) The boundaries of mental illness On jargon, and why it matters in science writing Other: The Mandate BARRY RUBIN GETS THE FJM TREATMENT LOOK AT ALL THAT RED! The Problem…

Last week, I discussed the butchering by Stanley Fish of an economic explanation for why college costs are high–and, as importantly, where all of that money goes. Robert Archibald and David Feldman offer a good response to their critics in The NY Times, but this is the key point (italics mine): We would like to…

Links 11/28/10

Links for you. Science: How complexity leads to simplicity (video) Lost & Cast Away: Ten Amazing Uninhabited Islands Mapping fitness: landscapes, topographic maps, and Seattle Other: Mistaken assumptions: jobs, business and tax cuts Corporate America Hearts Obama (from 2008, but worth reading in light of the last two years) GE to state: Give us money…

Or, at least, don’t obey Massachusetts law and receive the healthcare they are entitled to. Esterline Technologies demonstrates that much of what passes for ‘rational business decision making’ is actually ideology combined with petty personal vendetta. From Yves Smith: This story illustrates how far some companies are willing to go to preserve their bottom lines…

Links 11/27/10

Links for you. Science The weird evolutionary story of cranberries T. Rex Tail Built for Speed BP Controlling University Research, and Professor Who Downplayed Oil Spill Called a “Shill” By Fellow Professor Other: The ‘Giving’ Season Paycheck Fairness Dies in the Senate Virtuous Sabotage Did The Rich Cause The Deficit? Why Can’t We Be the…

How We Became the Can’t-Do Nation

Chris Matthews makes a very good point (no, really) about our complete failure to upgrade our infrastructure: We used to build trains and subways and airplanes for the world. Now we read about trains running three hundred miles an hour in France and China and we piddle along on Amtrak like we’re on a buckboard.…

Links 11/26/10

Links for you. Science: Friday Weird Science: That MotherF**king HURTS!!! Cane toads are evolving into super-invaders Bacterial resistance to chronic antibiotics, and why it’s a problem Other: Repudiating Liberalism or Obama When School Improvement, Seniority and Talking Points Collide Report looks at role of poverty, parents in student success Aging Hiding From Reality