Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for August, 2011

Links 8/27/11

Links for you. Science: ‘Shrimp On A Treadmill': The Politics Of ‘Silly’ Studies Evolutionary Diplomacy NHGRI funds development of revolutionary DNA sequencing technologies (lotsa nanoporey stuff being funded) Nat’l Academies Hope to Build a Better Postdoc Does Tenure Matter? Other: The worst thing that Rick Perry said … STD programs not sexy enough to avoid…

I’m Ready for the Hurricane…

…I’ve got water, flashlights, batteries, and my list of who gets cannibalized first when civilization disintegrates. I’m not sure how you prep this for the hurricane though: (corner of Berkeley and Marlborough, First Church in Boston) And I hope these guys survive:

Overseers on the Galtian Planation

I’ve always understood why the very rich would favor economic ideologies that support their self-interest. What I’ve never quite understood is why so many people who aren’t Galtian overlords buy that crap. Lance Mannion puzzles over the same thing (italics original): The Koch Brothers are under a different delusion, that we live in a feudal…

Links 8/26/11

Links for you. Science: Blog Debunks 13-Year-Old Scientist’s Solar Power Breakthrough When Anthrax first came to North America Eco-labelled fish may be unsustainably fished, or the wrong species If You Are Anti-Science, You Are Anti-Jobs The complexity of cancer Other: Why isn’t the climate left stronger? No App-etite Another Senior Journalist Confesses to Ignorance Department…

One of the key differences between those who favor educational ‘reform’–that is, those who view education primarily as a personnel issue–and those that oppose it is how each group thinks good schools come to be. Consider this by Matthew Yglesias, an education reform supporter (italics mine): School funding inequities are obviously unfair, and I think…

Links 8/25/11

Links for you. Science: Why biology (and chemistry) is not physics That’s One Gigantic Wasp Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? When you say flu, what do you really mean? Newly found: the world’s oldest fossils! Other: Legal academia and the problem of bad faith Why the World hates economics (the end has a really…

Sheril has the details: That’s what Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature just did. Embarrassing for Florida and a travesty for the Everglades. They’ve dismantled the South Florida Water Management District-the state agency charged with protecting the Everglades. As The Sierra Club explains, this wasn’t belt tightening, but an attack on science and…

…imaginary jobs that might or might not materialize. As a long-time customer of New Balance shoes (not only do I like the shoes, but they’re U.S. made), it looks like a ‘free’* trade agreement will kill off 1,000 existing jobs in Maine (italics mine): At the factory here owned by New Balance, the last major…

Links 8/24/11

Links for you. Science: Smart people accept evolution (I have a different take, in that ‘smartness’–which to me is actually just educational attainment–mirrors political leanings and socioeconomic status, which themselves are correlated) Evolution doesn’t fit our generalities NIH solicits opinions (from you) on biomedical workforce (more info here) What is in a name? A case…

By way of Matthew Yglesias, we read that,over at National Review Online, Kevin Williamson claims progressives only care about science as a way to wage culture war (yes, coming from movement conservatives, that’s rich): There are lots of good reasons not to wonder what Rick Perry thinks about scientific questions, foremost amongst them that there…