Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2011

Links 6/30/11

Links for you. Science: Ion v. MiSeq – Is There a Competition, And If So, Why? Is Drug Resistance in Humans Coming From Chickens? Amazing looking fly (biodiversity is cool) Is Rape Natural? Did the PhD Kill the Masters Degree? Other: 10 Of The Craziest Things Michele Bachmann Has Ever Said At the front lines…

This post might have to get filed under “careful what you wish for”, but Martin Robbins’ latest column about the cozy relationship between science journalists and the scientists they cover seems to have struck a nerve, if The Twitter is any indication. Here’s a good snippet: Churnalism is a real problem in science reporting, to…

Links 6/29/11

Links for you. Science: Believe it: man flu is real Ignorance, Fake Turing Tests, and Bads MiSeq Aims for Ion Torrent Irradiating organic food would save lives Other: Deforming the Graduate Degree Current Test-Based Incentive Programs Have Not Consistently Raised Student Achievement in U.S.; Improved Approaches Should Be Developed and Evaluated State and local governments…

It’s OK If You’re a Republican, I suppose: Last year the Wall Street Journal reported that Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had between $1,000 and $15,000 invested in ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury EFT. The fund aggressively “shorts” long-term U.S. Treasury bonds, meaning that it performs well when U.S. debt is…

Monday, The NY Times had an interesting story about Zurich, Switzerland’s intentional policy of making car-based transportation utterly miserable–and thereby convincing people to use other transit options: While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments…

Links 6/28/11

Links for you. Science: Breakthrough: New Flow-Battery Design Provides 10-Fold Improvement Defending Stephen Jay Gould’s Crusade against Biological Determinism (the criticisms of Gould’s ‘misanalysis’ aren’t are straightforward as claimed) What does it feel like to get bitten by a ground hornbill, I hear you ask? Gobi Desert Romans Are Unfounded Speculation Other: “Metro sprawl” misses…

This is another resounding success by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner: Nearly nine months after its formation, a $30 billion government fund to foster small-business lending has yet to pay out a single dime, even as the nation struggles with traumatic levels of unemployment…. As of this week, 844 institutions have applied for $11.6 billion from…

Links 6/27/11

Because you can never get too much hemolytic uremic syndrome. Erm, that didn’t come out right. Look over there! Links! Science: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in history–part 4: the bigger picture Epidemiology and social media: conference fail E. coli: Some Answers, Many Questions Still Low-calorie diet offers hope of cure for type 2 diabetes Other:…

Consider this a post wherein I engage in some speculation, and hope that I’m very, very wrong. You see, the ‘German’ E. coli O104:H4 outbreak (‘HUSEC041′) has taken a confusing turn: The strain of E. coli blamed for 46 deaths in Germany appears to have resurfaced in France, the French Ministry of Health said. The…

Links 6/26/11

Links for you. Science: Not Enough Antibiotics: Just an Incentives Problem? The long and winding road to a PhD [infographic] A Proposal of Genomic Analytical Workflow in a Bacterial Pathogen Outbreak Investigation The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Natural Selection and Evolution, with a Key to Many Complicating Factors Other: Working until we drop: A fable…