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Links 2/19/11

This edition goes out to the badass parrots. Links for you. Science: Ordinal Regression: Data to Order A virtuous intolerance Budget 2012: NIH and CDC Republicans are closing their eyes to climate science Who dares enter the lair of the stingless bees? The secrets of ant sleep revealed Other: Why We Should Raise Taxes on…

Links 2/11/11

Links for you. Science: Species, not arbitrary, but not clear & distinct ‘Zombie ants’ controlled by parasitic fungus for 48m years Exposure to pesticides in womb linked to learning disabilities Is it time to refer to mitochondria as bacteria? Other: What will “home computers” look like in the year 2004? Criticism Intensifies of New Mexico’s…

Links 1/29/11

More snow. Maybe. Links, however, are certain. Science: “Pink Meanie” Pictures: New Jellyfish Attacks Other Jellies The Antimicrobial Index Iran’s endangered cheetahs are a unique subspecies Are Dangly Things an Evolutionary Development to Limit Rape? Hidden Women, Hidden Writers Other: Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Head of 50 State Investigation, Retreats From “Tough With Banks”…

Links 1/15/11

It’s cold. Very cold. Warm up with some links. Science: The House Anti-Science Committee? My, Oh My, Oh MiSeq!! Genomes too cheap to meter (not sure I agree, but worth reading) Other: Where Is the Love Quote of the Day: Jenny McCarthy Helps Kill Children Gabrielle Giffords’ Arizona shooting prompts resignations I Hope Erick Erickson…

Links 12/5/10

It’s cold here. Warm up with some nice links. Science: The National Science Foundation calls it “peer review” for a reason, Mr. Smith! Imagine A World Where Aspergers Was The Norm (Don’t) Keep it Simple: Why a Culture of Journalism Isn’t Working for Science NIH study identifies ideal body mass index Other: There’s no crying…

Links 11/21/10

Ok, it just got cold. Stay inside and read some links. Science: Prokaryotes considered Negotiating your start-up package in non-medical biological sciences You Are Not What You Eat New frog species found in hunt for old ones Other: The Tea Party Targets… Sustainable Development? Glenn Beck and the Uses of Anti-Semitic Propaganda Why the Deficit…

Links 11/13/10

A warm fall day. If you’re stuck inside, here are some links for you. Science: Dire Consequences of NIH Cuts Rare Hits and Heaps of Misses to Pay For NDM-1, the supergene: Further (community?) spread Other: Making religion of economics: The arguments of market fundamentalists don’t fit the facts of our economy. So they ignore…

By way of Oliver Willis, we discover that the Corporate Democrat Third Way propaganda tank has decided that doubling down on failed Blue Dog policies is exactly what it will take to kill off the Democratic Party will resuscitate the Democratic Party’s fortunes: The party is about to come to a major fork in the…

A while ago, I snarked that ten percent U3 unemployment was the new normal. Well, Jamison Foser puts the new normal in historical context: From 1948 through 2008, there were a total of 40 months in which the unemployment rate was 8 percent or higher. Forty months, total, in sixty years. The longest streak of…

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Pew report on Americans and religious knowledge. A lot of atheists have been chortling about how well they done, compared to believers, and have offered explanations like Amanda’s: This, of course, was absolutely no surprise to the loose online atheist community. I took abbreviated version of the test,…