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Back in December, Rees Kassen wrote an editorial for Nature arguing that if scientists want political decisions to reflect good science, they have to get involved. scientists[...] think too highly of their own view of the world and fail to appreciate the complex, multifarious nature of decision making. Our mistake is to think that science…

To do science, we need government funding. However you feel about the free market, there just isn’t a way for the free market to work on basic research. It’s too risky, with not enough profitability. The things I discover in lab next week will never make me rich, and I’m not aware of many Nobel…

In other words, you’re more likely to catch a cold from shaking their hand than to get an STI from Sitting on the same bench. There isn’t much reason to fear getting a sexually transmitted disease from naked sitters. These infections are most commonly the result of vigorous and prolonged exposure of a person’s mucous…

Halleluja, Amen.

I pledged to donate a bit every month for the next 6 months. I’ve been so cynical about politics recently, but I decided if I hear something I believe in, I should put my money where my mouth is. I’ll have to cut back on the coffee though… Via Slog.