Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for March, 2011

Links 3/24/11

Links for you. Science: Study finds reports of domestic violence rise 10 percent after NFL upsets: NIH researchers suggest unexpected disappointment may underlie loss of control and violent behavior A Guide to Smarter, Safer Antibiotic Use Rat Race Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power Other: The Painless Way to Reduce the…

By way of Roy Edroso, we unfortunately come across this Washington Times gay-hating screed that masquerades as religious-based love. So ordinarily I would give it a pass, except for this idiotic doosy: And what about the Creator of the Universe? It is God’s moral code that has undergirded Western society for more than 3,500 years.…

Because we are human after all. Jason Collins at Evolving Economics, in response to my post about one economist’s misunderstanding of biology, asks a very good question: On the flip side, did Dawkins or Gould (or their respective supporters) ever concede to the other side that they were wrong and substantially change their world view?…

Links 3/23/11

More, um, snow expected. Sigh. Links for you. Science: Virophage, the virus eater (this is really cool) On Baby Harp Seals, Coal Plants and Nuclear Power Let’s do the numbers. Again. (every three Tomahaw cruise missiles equal two NIH R01 grants) Bacterial Burglary Other: It’s not structural unemployment, it’s the corporate saving glut (must-read; yes,…

A recent change by Harper Collins Publishing regarding library-owned eBook has met with a lot of criticism: The value of this magically convenient library book — otherwise known as an e-book — is the subject of a fresh and furious debate in the publishing world. For years, public libraries building their e-book collections have typically…

A recent evaluation of M.I.T.’s efforts to redress the underrepresentation of women on its faculty has been discussed widely on the bloggysphere. I don’t have much to add, except that this section from the NY Times’ coverage leapt out at me: Because it has now become all but the rule that every committee must include…

Links 3/22/11

Links for you. Science: Geographic variation in human penis size Ignorance of the way review goes down is a dereliction of duty, NIH. Out of options: A surprising culprit in the nuclear crisis Other: How Bill Gates misinterprets ed facts Miss Grundy Was Fired Today. Once deified, now demonized, teachers are under assault from union-busting…

If you remember some months ago, NASA scientist Felisa Wolfe-Simon held a press conference announcing that they had discovered a bacterium that uses arsenic in place of phosphorus. The paper, when released, had compromising methodological problems (for good coverage, read here, here, and here; and snark). At the time Wolfe-Simon and her colleagues were upset…

By way of Digby, we come across this proposal of how to reach 95% percent renewable energy by 2050. Before I get to some of the issue I have with the study (which is actually pretty good), I want to lay out my general views on energy use. First, I’m not a ‘fan’ of nuclear…

Links 3/21/11

It’s…snowing. Links for you. Science: The Lionfish Is Delicious. And it needs to die. Glimpses of the Fourth Domain? Charting the Human Cost of Different Types of Energy Other: On Political Talk Shows, Liberals Can’t Finish Their– Beyond Austerity The NYT Gives Voice to the Educated Ignorant Young Does the pharmaceutical industry exaggerate their R&D…