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I’ve written before about the problem of the Ph.D. glut, so I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, actually) to read several articles in a recent edition of Nature hitting the same themes. For those who don’t think there’s a Ph.D. glut, here are some data for you: Post-doc numbers shouldn’t be increasing, unless there’s a glut.…

Yes, We Should Have National Universities

Noahpinion recognizes a problem that probably familiar to readers with kids in high school–the high cost of college: While college enrollment rates are up a little over 50% since 1980, the price of college is up by over 1000%. What this points to is a supply shortage… More people want to go to college (probably…

ScienceBlogling Tara Smith has a great summary of the recent paper reporting high frequencies of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus in uncooked meat products (S. aureus is the “SA” in MRSA–methicillin resistant S. aureus, so I won’t go through the whole paper here (and Maryn McKenna, as usual, had the best early report). But there are…

A while ago, I made the following observation in “A Nation of Deluded Dependents” about how many who receive government assistance don’t even realize (or perhaps admit) that it’s government assistance: This seems a case of willful ignorance by definition. Government aid is for lazy slackers, for ‘welfare queens’, and, in some people’s minds, for…

Comrade Physioprof raises a point I’ve always wondered about: …this old saw has been brandished: Innovation is, and always was, higher in smaller/younger labs[.] There is never any fucken evidence marshalled in support of this claim. I’ll admit that smaller labs can be quick and nimble, especially in comparison to large research centers. On the…

Matthew Yglesias makes a good point about budget negotiations–their intransigence on tax increases means that, at least in the House, the budget is entirely up to the Republicans: Under these circumstances, there’s nothing to negotiate about and nothing presidential leadership can achieve. If Republican leaders don’t want to agree to any revenue increases, that’s their…

Boston Public Library To Be Closed Sundays

It sounds like the Boston Public Library will be closed year round on Sundays : Boston Public Library trustees have signed off on a $39.3 million budget that does not include branch closures or layoffs, but that does call for shuttering the Copley branch on Sundays…. The proposed library budget for fiscal 2012 budget will…

A few weeks ago, Glenn Greenwald gave a speech where he discussed the climate of government intimidation in the U.S.: I received a lot of comments from people via email, from people in person telling me at my attended events, from people in my comment section, American citizens who said the following: “I understand and…

The Sacramento Bee has a good interactive feature of how to balance California’s budget*. It puts all of the realistic proposals on the table (i.e., idiots who want California to stop giving out so much foreign aid, or some other hooey need not apply). What you’ll notice two things very quickly:

NPR Should Call the Conservatives’ Bluff

If you haven’t heard, a NPR executive was forced to resign after an undercover recording by the minions of James O’Keefe. I don’t see why anyone’s getting bent out of shape because said executive called the Tea Party “racist”–some of them are quite bigoted, and other are scary, gun toting people (remember, they brought weapons…