Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for August, 2011

Links 8/31/11

Links for you. Science: Underground river ‘Rio Hamza’ discovered 4km beneath the Amazon What do accommodationists do about creationist politicians? I’ve Been Told You Can Get Flu From the Flu Shot: False! Federal Work Suspension of Leading Arctic Scientist Ended as Investigation of His Investigators Deepens Other: Conservatives, Nostalgia, and Racism The Chapter That Went…

Recently, The New York Times published an op-ed calling for curricular changes in K-12 math education: Today, American high schools offer a sequence of algebra, geometry, more algebra, pre-calculus and calculus (or a “reform” version in which these topics are interwoven). This has been codified by the Common Core State Standards, recently adopted by more…

Links 8/30/11

Links for you. Another Scientist Calls Out Sen. Coburn’s Misleading, Juvenile “Report” XMRV: ITS EVERYWHERE! UUUUUGH! ITS IN MY RACCOON WOUNDS! AND MY QIAGEN COLUMNS! Coulter Goes All Science-y in Bid to Disprove Evolution Yet another bad day for the anti-vaccine movement 2011 Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria… For Good? Other: Case study: why economics…

They’re getting pretty good at hostage taking, and it worked before. Alex Seitz-Wald reports: Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported…

Links 8/29/11

Not much of a storm, at least in Boston. Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: Teh Wimminz in Academia Thingy Again Racial Disparity in NIH Grants: Solutions from Your Humble Narrator Worst Excuse Ever (to not disclose ties to pharma companies. For Intelligent Designer’s sake NIH, even Darrell Issa would be embarrassed to use that…

Fortunately, Irene just ended up resembling a bad nor’easter, but without the cold temperatures (or snow). We had high winds from about 9:30 – 10:30am, and if they had become progressively worse (as was predicted), it could have been pretty ugly. Didn’t turn out that way thankfully. In fact, it looks very clean out there.…

One of the ludicrous notions that has infected our political discourse is that government jobs aren’t ‘real’ jobs (tell that to fireman when your house is burning down…). But a lot of private sector jobs are heavily subsidized by the government. I’m not referring to private contractors hired by the government, but jobs that are…

Links 8/28/11

Links for you. Science: Something in the water: What drugs are local residents abusing? A researcher’s solution to that vexing problem suggests just how much our sewage knows about us Modern Rivers Shaped By Trees: Rivers were wide and shallow until the evolution of treelike plants, which got the waterways into line. Heritability On science…

First, on Saturday, around noon, I observed this on Commonwealth Avenue: Because it’s not like it’s going to rain for the next 24 hours or anything. Second, we are once again reminded how poorly the Boylston Street Apple store fits with the Boston environment:

Admittedly, some boycotts have worked: Glenn Beck seems to have been seriously harmed by the boycotts against his advertisers. But what happens when the corporations you want to boycott have massive market share? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate-backed lobbying group that has essentially written many laws at the state level, including…