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Friday Link Dump

My blogging has been slacking, but I’m still reading a bunch that I just don’t have time to comment on. So I’m going to experiment with a link dump at the end of the week. This first one features a couple week’s worth of posts – feel free to start a discussion in the comments…

Women climbers are amazing too

It occurred to me after I posted my piece last week about rock climbing and arthritis that all of the photos of climbing were of men. This was purely coincidence – I was editing photos of last week’s competition in reverse chronological order, and I’d only finished the photos of the Men’s finals by the time…

In any physical activity, there is always the risk of acute injury – cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even broken bones are often par for the course. For some extreme sports like rock climbing, where you voluntarily drag your body hundreds of feet into the air on the side of a sheer rock wall, athletes are…

Maybe He Was Talking About Ducks

A mini furor erupted this weekend, when republican Senate nominee Todd Akin defended his position of denying abortions even to victims of rape, because in the case of “legitimate rape,” women have biological defenses that prevent pregnancy: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV…

A few months ago, I wrote about the problems with academic publishing: These days, there’s an entire industry of academic publishers that have become so fully integrated into the research system that many scientists don’t realize that there’s any distinction between doing science and publishing in journals. However, these journals cost an enormous amount of…

New Year’s Resolution: Blogging

My birthday was last week, which means I get a whole new chance to set some New Year’s resolutions. My regular readers (all 3 of you) might have noticed a serious dearth of posting lately. I have many excuses: 1) I’m (hopefully) coming up on my last year as a PhD student, and I’m in…

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone

A song about that creepy-uppy kind of love

World go Boom

The thing I like most about this mashup is that it’s superficially just a mashup of the most popular music of 2011, but it also manages to be a statement on some of the most important events of 2011: the protests from Egypt and Libya to OWS Maybe it’s hard We will never be never…

Bad Science in Science Fiction

I’m sure that science isn’t the only profession that gets misrepresented in popular media. I’m sure lawyers and police cringe when watching crime dramas, and soldiers are uncomfortable when watching war movies. Leaving aside shows like CSI, I think that scientist’s main media foil is almost by definition science fiction. On the one hand, I’ve…

Last chance to help out with Movember!

Here it is, the last day of Movember – a charity initiative to raise money for men’s health. *1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime *A man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 2.2 minutes *1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime *Men are…