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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…

Enough depressing current events. Let’s look at duckies…with SWAN-INDUCED TERROR!!! Last year, I described how the pair of swans, Juliet I and Juliet II*, living on the lagoon** in the Boston Public Garden would mercilessly pursue baby ducklings. Well, now I have video proof (it starts getting nasty at around 3:50):

I probably shouldn’t read two excellent and critical genomics posts back to back. But this excellent post by Daniel MacArthur about the issues surrounding the sequencing using Ion Torrent of a human genome got me thinking about this post by Marian Turner about the pettiness issues surrounding publication of the outbreak strains (italics mine): The…

There’s been a spate of abortion restrictions passed by state legislatures around the country. And they’ll have tragic consequences for women’s health (italics mine): Indiana recently defunded Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the state. The new law makes any organization that performs abortion ineligible for state funds. Lack of clarity in the state’s antiabortion law is…

Links 7/1/11

Links for you. Science: Process: How Horseshoe Crab Blood Helps Save Lives UCHIME: Fast, accurate chimera detection What sort of user are you? Why Your Mentor Sucks (and how to fix it) Other: God has called me to defend Michele Bachmann (another must-read by Lance Mannion) DO YOU SMELL THAT? I THINK IT’S THE ZEITGEIST…

Links 6/8/11

It’s a skorcha! Cool down with some nice refreshing links. Science: Cancer’s New Era Of Promise And Chaos EAEC / STEC genomes The PhD Question EAEC plasmids Other: This just in! The Very Serious People in Washington aren’t the least bit serious… An Open Letter from Eugene Mirman to Time Warner Cable The Problem of…

Links 5/16/11

Links for you. Science: MRSA, Meat, and Motown More on the criteria for earning the Ph.D. N50 talk length at CSHL Biology of Genomes conference Other: If You Haven’t Been On Food Stamps, Stop Trying to Influence Government Policy (must-read) The Koch Brothers and the End of State Universities Count Me In With the Unsophisticated…

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this discussion thread “Will you stop using 454?” It’s a pretty good thread–not much to disagree with there, although, from my perspective, it missed a key point (I’ll get to that). But my answer is simple: I already have. My work focuses primarily on microbial genomics–that is,…

You might have heard about the recent purchase gift to Florida State University’s economics department that gives a Charles Koch-funded group veto power over who is appointed to the department. I’ve known for a while that Koch has been influencing political science and economics departments: the Mercatus Center of George Mason University has been funded…

Links 2/24/11

Happy Thursday. Links for you. Science: In a Single-Cell Predator, Clues to the Animal Kingdom’s Birth Two New Dandelion Species Discovered in Spain Meet Diania the walking cactus, an early cousin of life’s great winners Running out of antibiotics — and other drugs too Other: If any sign hits home for @govwalker, should be this…