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Archives for July, 2008

Sorry for the light blogging everyone. It has been a busy, busy week. Some of you may have caught Janet Hyde’s latest paper looking at data from the No Child Left Behind Act and math performance in the US. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states are required to test children for a variety…

Just a heads up. Next week on August 5th (Tuesday) I will be hosting the illustrious medicine carnival Grand Rounds. (Has it been a year and a half since I did this last? Jeez I have been doing this forever…) Anyway, here is how you submit. Send an email with your name, your blog, the…

Carlos Sastre won the Tour de France yesterday, but the whole race has been marred by incidents of sports doping. First, Riccardo Ricco was caught using a form of Epo called CERA. Now another biker named Dmitriy Fofonov tested positive for a drug called heptaminol. Heptaminol made me raise an eyebrow, primarily because I had…

Q&A: Riccardo Ricco and Epo Abuse

People have been asking me about Riccardo Ricco, the Italian cyclist who was thrown out of the Tour de France for testing positive for the hormone erythropoietin (Epo), so I want to do a little Q&A about Epo detection and abuse.

We were discussing game theory and the Dark Knight. Mike at The Quantitative Peace has an excellent post that discusses all the possible iterations: I think this calls for a new villian in the third movie of the trilogy: The Game Theorist. Much like the riddler, but deadlier and requiring Batman to use mathematics to…

ScienceBlogger Meetup: August 9th

Have you ever said any of the following? 1) That Jake fellah (or other ScienceBlogger) has insightful things to say. By Heaven, I would like to meet him and discuss said insights. 2) That Jake fellah (or other ScienceBlogger) is one sexy mama. I am aroused by the possibility of discussing science with him in…

Game Theory and The Dark Knight

I suspect that many of you got a chance to see The Dark Knight movie this weekend. Just as an aside, I will say that I thought that the movie was sweet. Definitely the best Batman movie, maybe one of the best superhero movies ever made. Heath Ledger is terrifyingly good throughout. Aaron Eckhart and…

Temporal discounting is our tendency to want things now rather than later. In order to encourage us to save money, banks have to offer us a reward in the form of an interest rate. In order to delay gratification, we have to be convinced that the reward in the future is going to be sufficiently…

A Review of Sizzle

Happy Sizzle Day! Today numerous bloggers from ScienceBlogs and elsewhere will be reviewing a new movie Sizzle directed by Randy Olson of Flock of Dodos fame. Sizzle is a documentary/mockumentary/comedy partly about the science of global warming, but more in my opinion about the nature of the global warming debate. I was fortunate enough to…

Economics in a POW Camp

One of the difficult things about economics is that you can’t really see an economy develop from scratch. There is no visible State of Nature. All you see is the continuous process. In that light, here is a very interesting article. R.A. Radford was an economist taken prisoner by the Germans and put in a…