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Links 8/28/11

Links for you. Science: Something in the water: What drugs are local residents abusing? A researcher’s solution to that vexing problem suggests just how much our sewage knows about usModern Rivers Shaped By Trees: Rivers were wide and shallow until the evolution of treelike plants, which got the waterways into line.HeritabilityOn science and liberalism Other: It’s...

Goverment Jobs Are Bad, But Government-Subsidized Jobs Are Normal?

One of the ludicrous notions that has infected our political discourse is that government jobs aren’t ‘real’ jobs (tell that to fireman when your house is burning down…). But a lot of private sector jobs are heavily subsidized by the government. I’m not referring to private contractors hired by the government, but jobs that are supposedly private...

Not Too Much Storm Damage in Back Bay, Boston

Fortunately, Irene just ended up resembling a bad nor’easter, but without the cold temperatures (or snow). We had high winds from about 9:30 – 10:30am, and if they had become progressively worse (as was predicted), it could have been pretty ugly. Didn’t turn out that way thankfully. In fact, it looks very clean out there. Still some clean up is...

Links 8/29/11

Not much of a storm, at least in Boston. Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: Teh Wimminz in Academia Thingy AgainRacial Disparity in NIH Grants: Solutions from Your Humble NarratorWorst Excuse Ever (to not disclose ties to pharma companies. For Intelligent Designer’s sake NIH, even Darrell Issa would be embarrassed to use that excuse)Cost of...

GOP Response to Hurricane Irene: Take More Hostages

They’re getting pretty good at hostage taking, and it worked before. Alex Seitz-Wald reports: Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported...

Links 8/30/11

Links for you. Another Scientist Calls Out Sen. Coburn’s Misleading, Juvenile “Report”XMRV: ITS EVERYWHERE! UUUUUGH! ITS IN MY RACCOON WOUNDS! AND MY QIAGEN COLUMNS!Coulter Goes All Science-y in Bid to Disprove EvolutionYet another bad day for the anti-vaccine movement 2011Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria… For Good? Other: Case study: why...

Meet the New New Math, Same As the Old New Math? What We Can Learn from Finland

Recently, The New York Times published an op-ed calling for curricular changes in K-12 math education: Today, American high schools offer a sequence of algebra, geometry, more algebra, pre-calculus and calculus (or a “reform” version in which these topics are interwoven). This has been codified by the Common Core State Standards, recently adopted by...

Links 8/31/11

Links for you. Science: Underground river ‘Rio Hamza’ discovered 4km beneath the AmazonWhat do accommodationists do about creationist politicians?I’ve Been Told You Can Get Flu From the Flu Shot: False!Federal Work Suspension of Leading Arctic Scientist Ended as Investigation of His Investigators Deepens Other: Conservatives, Nostalgia, and RacismThe...

Note to Unions: This Is Not How You Build a Coalition

The old saw that ‘we hang together or we get hung separately‘ is a perfect description of how the left has disintegrated into irrelevance. Too often, groups will focus on modest gains for their own narrow constituency, while selling out other allies. Over the long term, each component of the coalition is so weakened, making it impossible to have any...

Program Announcement: I’m Moving

I’ve dropped some hints in the past that my relationship with ScienceBlogs would be…altered. Well, I’ve decided to leave. Mostly, it had to do with the issue of pseudonymity, although I’m very excited to hang out my own shingle once again. I don’t want to rehash the issue of pseudonymity, since others have done that quite well, but revealing the...

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