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Archives for May, 2011

Links 5/31/11

Links for you. Science: Ancient America: Hovenweep Underwater Hawaii with Octopus Porn – A Photo Diary A diminutive house guest Duh’ science: Why researchers spend so much time proving the obvious Other: The story behind the world’s oldest museum, built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago House bans funding of abortion training First Do…

Coburn’s NSF Idiocy

There’s been a lot of discussion about the report released by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) alleging waste and fraud by the National Science Foundation (NSF), including posts by Dr. O, Steve Silberman, Namnezia, NeuroDojo, The Prodigal Academic, and Stephanie Pappas. The first thing to realize about Tom Coburn is that he’s a full-blown wackaloon–in 2004,…

Links 5/30/11

Links for you. Science: The hot hand in airline pilots You’re too [pretty/young/female, take your pick] to be a microbiologist! Does Lack of Income Take Away the Brain’s Horses? “Phylogeny for the faint of heart” PDF The Discovery of Arsenic-Based Twitter Other: Herman Cain’s Enron-esque Disaster Rocket Scientists, Part 2 Misconceptions and Realities About Who…

Remembering

Boston Common, Massachusetts Veterans Memorial (temporary display):

And what it might mean for racism in the U.S. Over at VoxEu, there’s an interesting post describing the correlation between German pogroms in the 1920s and those in 1349. Yes, 1349–seven centuries earlier. Here’s the key result: The authors note:

Links 5/29/11

Links for you. Science: American archaeologists discover 17 buried pyramids in Egypt Less Active at Work, Americans Have Packed on Pounds Things NIH Program Officers probably shouldn’t say to applicants Other: Why aren’t progressives as good at politics as conservatives? The obliviousness of our conservative dudely leaders The Economic Outlook as of May 2011: Yes,…

This is disgusting: Following up on their threat, Catholic Charities of Rockford, IL, have voluntarily ended all their adoption and foster care services rather than comply with the civil unions law that will take effect next week. In doing so, the organization terminated $7.5 million in state contracts, fired 58 workers, and likely displaced 350 foster…

Before one worries about how teachers are performing, it would seem that getting children to attend school regularly would be an important first step, which is a reason one Floridian teacher opposed teacher student testing: When Florida proposed strict accountability measures, teachers, parents and administrators pushed back. They argued that the proposed system — basing…

Links 5/28/11

Links for you. Science: Why are all my children getting measles, ask Homeopathy fans (snarky) Paying a Painful 75% Secrecy Tax Groups sue FDA to stop Big Ag antibiotic abuse–and it just might work Does NIH funding = higher prices at Massachusetts hospitals? Jennifer Gardy on genomic epidemiology of a TB outbreak (video) Other: Hotels…

Given the disastrous presidency of Little Lord Pontchartrain, it’s understandable why so many people look back fondly on Bill Clinton’s two terms. But it’s worth remembering that, in many ways, he really was Republican-lite–and he was proud of it. Dean Baker reminds us (italics mine): In an article reporting on how the Republicans are backing…