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Mike the Mad Biologist

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Having spent most of Thursday travelling from San Diego to Boston, I had the distinct displeasure of watching cable news. First point: it still sucks. But the constant theme was that Obama is on the defensive about the BP oil rig blowout. Sure, it’s stupid, although I think Obama was too ready to rely on…

(from here) Obama’s kinder, gentler “Drill, baby, drill” is looking very short-sighted. We can only hope he has learned that when you use your party loyalists as foils and adopt a center-right compromise, so that you can claim to have boldly discarded the “the tired debates between right and left”, that there is a potential…

Cryptic Escherichia Lurk Among Us!

When I’m not fighting the forces of evil or calling idiots who desperately need my help fucking morons, I’m doing various genomics-related things. One of the things I’m involved with is a project to sequence a bunch of commensal (not associated with disease) E. coli. When most people think of the genus Escherichia, they think…

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has been trying to run as a moderate in his re-election campaign (he’s even toyed with running as an independent). He is to the left of the Republican Party on several issues: if nothing else, he thinks the stimulus was a good idea. He’s also more gay-tolerant than the GOP as…

Juan Cole, who has himself been a target of political campaigns regarding Middle East foreign policy, lays out why climatologists haven’t been as successful as they could be in persuading the public (hint: It’s not framing). First: Very, very wealthy and powerful interests are lobbying the big media companies behind the scenes to push climate…

MA’s Green Ticket Law Passes

By way of the Universal Hub, we find that Ross Levanto has good news–MA Governor Patrick has signed into law the Green Ticket Law: The law that is now in place (whoo hooo!) will allow the City to better penalize trash scofflaws. The City will now be able to put in place procedures that attach…

Is Thorium an Answer to Global Warming?

It’s always seemed to me that nuclear power would have to be part of the solution of the global warming problem: even if the planet’s population were to remain constant, and even if planet-wide energy use were to remain steady, we would still have to dramatically cut CO2 per capita emissions. The problem with nuclear…

…and how Levitt and Dubner fail to see that the Manure problem was not ‘solved’, only turned into a new problem that will also require wrenching change. First, the Great Manure Crisis of the late nineteenth century: The standard horsecar, which seated twenty, was drawn by a pair of roans and ran sixteen hours a…

Underwater Kites and Electricity

(from here) When you think about it, it seems pretty obvious (rising to the level of “duh!”) that if one placed a wind turbine underwater it could be more efficient and, unlike wind power, ocean currents are far more predictable (of course, like most good ideas, it’s obvious after someone else thought it…). A spinoff…

Over the weekend, I had started writing a post titled “When Will [economist Paul] Krugman Have His Creationist Epiphany?” It was inspired by a comment left on a Krugman post about “the Great Ignorance which seems to have overtaken much of the economics profession — the “rediscovery” of old fallacies about deficit spending and interest…