Mike the Mad Biologist

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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…

Links 8/23/11

Links for you. Science: Warning: Killer fungi could run amok again Republicans and Democrats Differ on Evolution Sewage Treatment, Coral Disease, and Koch’s Postulates Racial Disparity in NIH Grants: Priority Scores Other: The Purpose-Driven Lie Two bad polls for Obama (liberal blogs and the Cassandra complex) Krugman and the Firebaggers: Hippie Punching Department Print vs.…

Education Reformer, Reform Thyself

It would seem that education ‘reformer’ and former D.C. schools chancellor is enamored of personal responsibility for everyone but herself. To give you some idea of the kind of person, Rhee is consider this heartwarming tale from her days as school chancellor: Early in her chancellorship, she was trailed for a story by the education…

Links 8/22/11

Erm, better late than never? Links for you. Science: Sentences You Will Probably Never Read in a Published Paper The GOP candidates have no time for your “science,” scientists 13-Year-Old Looks at Trees, Makes Solar Power Breakthrough Global Warming is a Litmus Test For US Republicans Other: Does Rand Paul question the HIV AIDS link?…

STEC Surveillance: UR DOING IT WRONG?

There’s some good news and bad news regarding E. coli surveillance in meat products. The good news: The pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia Coli (pSTEC) serotypes known collectively as the “Big Six” will soon be banned from U.S. meat, a top expert told a meat industry conference Thursday. Action to declare the six non-O157:H7 serotypes as…

Links 8/21/11

Links for you. Science: NIH Uncovers Racial Disparity in Grant Awards Otters are back in England Scientists engineer suicide bomber bacteria to kill other bacteria Project Nim – The Untold Story Other: Painstaking, dot-point summary – bond issuance doesn’t lower inflation risk What I Learned in Two Years at the Tea Party Welcome to the…

As some of you might have heard, National Geographic has decided that pseudonymous writers (other than Mark Twain) aren’t going to be part of their online presence. I usually don’t discuss ScienceBlogs inside baseball stuff, but I’m not getting any response from them (I’ve received emails telling me how much they want to talk to…

In this case, South Carolina. From Steve M.: I was reminded of this when I glanced at Jacob Weisberg’s Jon Huntsman profile in Vogue and my eye fell on this this har-har-har good-ol’-boy anecdote about a Huntsman campaign appearance in Greer, South Carolina: Henry McMaster, the state’s silver-haired former attorney general, then makes the political…

Links 8/20/11

Links for you. Science: Just What is the Brain-Eating “Amoeba” Naegleria fowleri? OA doesn’t cost jobs: it creates them. And saves lives. Why Sequence Microbes? Tests confirm that roaming deer caused fatal E. coli outbreak in Washington County, elsewhere Scientific Literacy by Gender (only ~50% of people know it takes a year for the earth…