Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for December, 2010

Links 12/26/10

Links for you. Science: The Dangers Of Externalizing Knowledge Risk is the ally of the underdog The Physiology of Foie: Why Foie Gras is Not Unethical Other: I Think That Jason Kuznicki Does Not Understand the History… Saving Social Security: Stopping Obama’s Next Bad Deal Heh Today’s FCC ruling on net neutrality shifts billions in…

Because that’s how Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was able to kill a provision that would have helped the State Department prevent child rape. No, really: Non-governmental organizations, women’s rights advocates, and lawmakers from both parties spent years developing and lobbying for the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010,” which the House…

Merry Christmas!

Even though I’m Jewish, I plan to forgo the traditional Jewish Christmas repast of Chinese food and indulge in our family’s tradition of a Christmas turkey–the Chinese restaurants are just full of Jews. Eek. So I’ll just leave you with two videos–can’t believe these are more than two decades old…. Video #1: RUN-DMC – Christmas…

Links 12/24/10

It’s my birthday. I’m….eleventy gajillion years old. Sigh. Well, links anyway. Science: The someecard for all post-docs … Mexican Archaeologists Say Tonina Ballgame Court may Be the One Described in Popol Vuh The Truth About Holiday Weight Gain Other: America’s self-loving Jews aren’t helping Israel: A Jew who truly loves himself does everything possible in…

PROMED Needs Your Help

It’s my birthday today, but instead of buying me presents, how about helping ProMED, a non-profit organization that provides important disease and health information to over 155 countries? Here’s some more information about what ProMED does: ProMED-mail – the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases – is an Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination…

Links 12/23/10

Links for you: Peter Orszag: Everything Wrong With This Town (Comes Back To How Much This Guy Got Laid Here) Could You Retire Without Social Security? (no) Moore and me continues The ghost towns of China: Amazing satellite images show cities meant to be home to millions lying deserted How Do Successful School Systems Treat…

It’s safe to say that Thomas Watson Sr., the first chairman of IBM (International Business Machines), truly revolutionized computing. While I’m sure Sam Palmisano, the current chairman of IBM, is a smart guy and has done some good things, I haven’t heard anyone claim he’s a technological revolutionary. So I found this post about Watson’s…

Links 12/22/10

Links for you. Science: The disposable academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time (nothing regular readers of any science blog aren’t familiar with, but interesting to see it hit The Economist) Finding their place in the sun: Schools in Plymouth, Milton pursue partnerships with solar power firms (there are a lot…

Democrats need a better class of pundits, ones who aren’t so enamored of their own cleverness, while at the same time, utterly ignorant of political history. It would help, for instance, when trying to defend the estate tax. Matthew Yglesias, in a fit of contrarianism worthy of William Saletan, asks the following scintillating question: I…

Links 12/21/10

Links for you. Science: Economy Forces Big Budget Cuts for Science Fairs Wik-Bee Leaks: EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees To classify humanity is not that hard Other: ‘Our lives became something we’d never dreamt’: The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses Also he could tell Congress…