Posted by: Dan | September 21, 2006

Link Digest: Catch-up edition

In CyprusI’m back from my travels, and will have blog posts coming again normally now. In the meantime, six topics that I found worth passing on in the science blogosphere:

  1. New Bird Species found in India, as noted on Bootstrap Analysis, and by the Audubon Society. It’s amazing how nature continues to surprise.
  2. The Ken Miller story, in a series of bookmarked posts on del.icio.us. Personally, I think its become apparent that Miller should stick to talking about biology, where he still exhibits some ability for reason.
  3. The story on decreases in NIH R01 grant success/funding, also as a series of bookmarked posts on del.icio.us. As part of a larger trend away from proper education, healthcare and innovation, and towards even greater heights of the military-industrial-congressional complex, this should alarm all reasonable Americans.
  4. Grad Student Dooced for Blogging on Evolgen – less of a critical story, perhaps, but still an interesting curiousity – what is it that some of the “old guard” of science has against blogging, per se? (granted, it wasn’t much of a blog, and possibly expressed disinterest in research, but this story still smells fishy)
  5. ID Creationist Casey Luskin has come out with a lame rebuttal to Chris Mooney’s chapter on ID in the Republican War on Science. As more Disco Institute propoganda at its best, this one goes in the burgeoning category “Luskin doesn’t get it”.
  6. And Eva of EasternBlot has an article in the Hypothesis Journal: Who benefits from science blogging.

Responses

  1. […] Something related: I just (indirectly through here and here) found a post from a microbiology grad student who was “fired” for blogging back in June. In my science blogging article I mention people getting fired for blogging briefly in the intro, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it in relation to science*. However, this blog was a personal blog, and the student in question was asked to leave because he was believed to have expressed a lack of interest in the project through his blog. (I assume this was one of the offending posts.) You probably won’t find any lack of interest in science in a science blog. *I’m not counting the case of Jessa Jeffries here, who got fired from a museum, but still works at an aquarium, which I think is probably more related to her marine zoology degree. RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI […]

  2. The vaccine against human papilloma virus, which has been shown effective in prevention of cervical cancer, is now approved for use in europe and will be “in use within weeks.”

    This is the same vaccine that has been in the news here in the US because some religious extremists do not wish it to be made mandatory for young women.

  3. The most recent Evolution News (Disco Institute) propoganda, Banned Book of the Year: Of Pandas and People:

    Sept. 23-30 is “Banned Books Week,” sponsored by the American Library Association. In commemoration of this annual event, I’d like to submit my nomination for the top banned book of the past year: Of Pandas and People, published by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics.

    An early pro-intelligent design textbook, Pandas was at the heart of the lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the hapless school district in Dover, Pennsylvania. The Dover school board wanted teachers to tell students that if they desired information about intelligent design they could go to the school library and read Of Pandas and People. What an outlandish idea: A school district actually wanted to encourage students to consult a book for more information!

    That’s good for a laugh.

    No one ever suggested that it be banned, or that students can’t read it if they chose. What was said was that it NOT BE ENDORSED, which is a huge difference.

    And why would it not be endorsed as a biology textbook? For the same reason you don’t teach geology from a book that says the Earth is 6,000 years old.

    Stupid creationists…


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