Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for November, 2010

Links 11/21/10

Ok, it just got cold. Stay inside and read some links. Science: Prokaryotes considered Negotiating your start-up package in non-medical biological sciences You Are Not What You Eat New frog species found in hunt for old ones Other: The Tea Party Targets… Sustainable Development? Glenn Beck and the Uses of Anti-Semitic Propaganda Why the Deficit…

It’s not that some Texas Republicans are anti-Semitic, it’s just that they need a Christian in charge. A bunch of angry Texan evangelical Republicans are trying to replace House Speaker Joe Strauss, and aren’t having much success. So: And, not surprisingly, the effort has started to take on religious overtones: [A] handful of outside socially…

Links 11/20/10

Still kinda nice out. If you’re stuck inside though, here are some links. Science: News break: 1 in 7 Medicare patients seriously harmed by hospitals Problem-solving bacteria crack sudoku New Bacteria-Killing Light Can Destroy Superbugs With the Flip of a Switch Other: Seriously, Jail the Bankers or This Economy Will Never Fully Recover Disinflation Continues…

Keep in mind that this GE plant primarily makes parts for defense contracts–these jobs are provided by a guaranteed contract: General Electric Co. has made an unusual offer to the state: Give us $25 million in tax credits, and we won’t cut any more than 150 positions at our aircraft engine plant in Lynn. The…

Links 11/19/10

It’s Friday! Links for you. Science: Evolutionary trees help to convict men who knowingly infected women with HIV Superbugs call for super changes in drug-sale rules My delightfully uninteresting genome FDA Artificial Pancreas Hearing: Beating a Path to the Real World Other: Because This Type of Shit Happens Every Day Brother, Can You Spare a…

Like many in the Coalition of the Sane, I’m shocked by The NY Times’ willingness to run an article on the front page that states this: If the economy grew one half of a percentage point faster than forecast each year over the next two decades — no easy feat, to be fair — the…

Because it’s the sucker’s play. So Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky–a real Democrat, not a Very Serious fiscal ‘conservative’–has released her own deficit plan. It’s a perfectly good plan: the numbers add up (no magic asterisks, such as ‘we will lower Medicare expenses [somehow]‘), and as policy, even if one weren’t concerned about deficit reduction, it’s…

Gabe Rudy, blogging at our 2 snps, has a really good introduction to sequencing technology and its history. It’s worth the read, but I don’t entirely agree with the reason given for why ABI SOLiD lost out to Illumina: Coming to market at the same time, but seeming to have just missed the wave, was…

Links 11/18/10

Links for you. Science: You (patent pending) Drug testing and basic statistics HPV Vaccine: Why Are So Few Women Getting Vaccinated? (when HuffPo gets it right, reward good behavior) Other: Vouchers only for the faithful Teachers Take Charge To Save Ailing Public Schools (interestingly, the very first charter schools were created by teachers who wanted…

Or something. By way of Howie Klein, we discover that Blue America PAC, which supports candidates, who among other things, are not global warming denialists, is faced with a nuisance lawsuit. This attack is led by ‘Let Freedom Ring, Inc.’, a conservative faith-tank. And who funds Let Freedom Ring? Well (italics mine): ‘Let Freedom Ring,…