Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for January, 2011

I mean both the speech and the actual state. Amanda Marcotte wrote something that resonated with me: But we’re a nation that’s given up. At the end of the day, we’re a country where people will circle a parking lot for 15 minutes to avoid 2 more minutes of walking. Facing up to that sort…

Links 1/27/11

Big…ball…of…fire…in…sky. Must retreat to the safety of links. Science Coral Bleaching Prompts Thailand to Close Diving Sites What You Need to Know About Infectious Disease The Microbial Metagenome How to Explain Science in Blog Posts (#scio11) The Academia Ghetto Other: Stealing the Constitution The Best Healthcare News You Didn’t Hear This Week The Weight of…

On Educational Metrics and Special Sandwiches

Over at Open Left, jeffbinnc pithily summarizes all of the metrics of which educational ‘reformers’ are fond: Then, to illustrate just how the focus on more and better tests is going to be raised to the levels of panacea, the CAP rolled out a new report last week that based just about everything on the…

It would be for the best. First, some general thoughts. I had the distinct sense Obama was trying to run the clock out. He knew he had to say something, but has no room to maneuver. Thanks to his mediocre first two years and his enabling of conservative talking points (which one wonders if that’s…

Museums and Microbial Curation: About Time!

By way of Jonathan Eisen, we discover that museums are starting to hire microbiology curators. I’m very excited about this, probably more excited than Eisen (and he’s a pretty excitable guy). In part, I’ve always loved museums and have thought that building microbiological collections for museums would be a neat thing to do. But there…

Links 1/26/11

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays this blogger from links. Science: Leapin’ Blennies Science Online 2011: Even when we want something, we need to hide it. CloVR: A genomics tool for automated and portable sequence analysis using Virtual Machines and Cloud computing Solar car speed record smashed Other: The Blue…

…they supported socialized medicine. Last week, Forbes writer Rick Ungar made the following historical observation: In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed…

Links 1/25/11

Snow, you bore me. Links don’t, however. Science: Membership has its privileges One-Slide Explanation of Tides Two forms of world’s ‘newest’ cat, the Sunda leopard Bye Bye Blackbird: USDA acknowledges a hand in one mass bird death Other: Eurosclerosis, Then and Now Dying to Work Libel in the New York Times and Reuters (there are…

Keynesian Economics, Krugman, and Creationism

Last week, I mentioned how NY Times op-ed columnist and economist Paul Krugman has finally had his ‘creationist moment’: “the epiphany one realizes that, to creationists, words have no meaning, that they are not being honest.” Well, a reader points us to yesterday’s post on Krugman’s blog, “The War on Demand.” Krugman knocks down the…

What I Unlearned from the Great Recession

To his credit, economist Brad DeLong “who stands here repentant” lists “five things that I thought I knew three or four years ago that turned out not to be true.” I would like to visit each of them, since I think highlights economics’ need for ‘economic natural history’ and sociology. Over to DeLong: 1) I…