Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for July, 2011

Links 7/31/11

Some fiddling while Rome burns. That is, links for you. Science: FFS: TVC’s new NIH boogeyman – CHINA Friday Weird Science: Knights in Shining Armor, Not as sexy as you might think How Greedy Corporations Are Destroying America’s Status as ‘Innovation Nation’ A quick dive into the protist world (Part I) Other: Debunking the Big…

How the Tea Party Monster Was Created

One of the things to remember about the Tea Party Uruk-hai who run the Republican Party make up the shock troops of the GOP is that they were manufactured–just like the orcs in the Lord of the Rings. Comrade Driftglass explains: Conservatives built this monster. It didn’t just wander out of the woods one day,…

Links 7/30/11

Links for you. Science: Facts vs. Skills and Content vs. Pedagogy Expertise: Tensions in Science Education On Green Dread and Agricultural Technology True single-molecule DNA sequencing of a Pleistocene horse bone Battleship Island & Other Ruined Urban High-Density Sites (pictures of a post-coal world Other: A Game Plan for Rational, Self-Interested Republicans Obama is NOT…

With apologies to RFK. Cullen Roche makes a cogent observation about the state of economics: It is based too much on pie in the sky thinking and not based on what is happening on the ground, in the trenches. Warren Mosler, widely regarded as the founder of MMT, created the theory because he was in…

Links 7/29/11

Links for you. Science: Scientists Retract Report on Predicting Longevity On idiocy Genome data sharing goes global – how not to let the most selfish publish the sexy bits Annals of Stupidity Update-More on the GOP Hates Science beat Other: The Burger Economy It is the official position of this blog that Jesus Loves Manatees.…

A vote to resolve the debt ceiling political crisis failed last night because House Republicans–who hold a majority in the House of Representatives–opposed the bill. Here’s a major reason why–Pell Grants, which are federal scholarships for low- and lower-middle income students: House conservatives who have stalled legislation to raise the national debt limit are angry…

This is why all the concern about the fake crisis of the U.S. budget deficit is so harmful–it has real effects on people’s lives, including scientists: Both Republican and Democratic proposals would cut more than US$1 trillion in spending over a decade, amounting to a budget reduction of at least $100 billion per year. Nature…

Actually, Apartment Buildings Are Sexy

David Wogan brings up an important point–if we’re serious about global warming, we need to lower the amount of energy buildings use: Consider this: according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, our nation’s buildings consume over 40 percent of the energy consumed across all sectors – that is even more energy than consumed by the…

Links 7/27/11

Links for you. Science: Small amounts of antibiotics generate big problems Vaccine has nearly eliminated chickenpox deaths in children L’Eau Pour Chien: Why do dogs rub up against things that smell bad? Rule Changes Proposed for Research on Humans Other: Black Student Can’t Be Valedictorian How a 1995 court case kept the newspaper industry from…

Update/clarification: I want to clarify something critical. This is not about picking on a researcher or a country. It very well could have happened in the U.S. or anywhere else. I, nor you the reader, have any idea about the internal constraints these groups experience, or what was communicated to government officials. To the extent…