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In this post: the large versions of the Education & Careers and Politics channel photos, comments from readers, and the best posts of the week!

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Education & Careers. From Flickr, by foundphotoslj

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Politics. Barack Obama supporters fill the Excel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota as he claims victory. From Flickr, by shiladsen

Reader comments of the week:

On the Education & Careers channel, ERV laments the lack of funding for research scientists in What ya wanna do when you grow up? As an aspiring P.I. she fears that many brilliant plans never come to fruition without the money to see them through.

Reader factition assures her that truly great ideas will get attention sooner or later:

Darwin and Wallace arrived at natural selection around the same time (okay, okay, Darwin sat on it for 2 decades, but they published more or less simultaneously). If Darwin had fallen off the Beagle and drowned, we would still have had evolution by natural selection.

Same thing for most (all) of the big discoveries. No one is indispensible. Money just makes science work faster.

Well, I’m not too sure that made ERV feel any better…

In Fox News: Obama’s “baby mama”, Ed Brayton of Dispatches from the Culture Wars posted the now infamous video in which Fox News referred to Michelle Obama as Senator Barack Obama’s “baby mama.”

Reader Gretchen sees a silver lining to the incident:

The more absurd Fox makes itself look, the better as far as I’m concerned. They’re basically writing Jon Stewart’s material for him.

And doing a good job of it.

Some other Education & Career posts we thought were cool this week were:

Engineer, thy name is enlightenment hero

Are Academic Journals Obsolete?

Why Grad Students Should Teach

Writing – science – funny – literary? Maybe I am a writer…

The care and feeding of research students

And from the Politics channel:

Conservatives are Happier than Liberals Because…

China, Cuba and Oil

A field guide to the Republicans

Colbert on Obama’s Elitism

The trends, IF they continue, are in our favor

Look for highlights from other channels coming up!

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