Monthly Archives: October 2013

Jumping genes make fall come alive

I’m only two pages into the latest children’s book on learning one’s colors, and my 3-year old hits a snag. “Corn is NOT yellow!” he shouts indignantly. For several weeks now, he’s been going with me to the garden and … Continue reading

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Empty Promises

An Animal Products Export Certificate (APEC) is a bland, illegible form bearing an impressive signature in blue ink. Required on all international shipments of research proteins and antibodies, an APEC informs the overseas importer that “These products have been obtained … Continue reading

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Testicle Size in Parenting and Sexual Selection

Thanks goes to Laura Deming for pointing out another recent paper whose title, “Testicular volume is inversely correlated with nurturing-related brain activity in human fathers,” proved irresistible to PNAS, enabling them to overlook stunning intellectual flaws.  Problems include: Selection bias. Participants … Continue reading

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Fighting Climate Change by Killing Eagles

Why isn’t the wind industry subject to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act? By: Robert Bryce For some environmentalists, the threat of climate change is so great that we must allow wind turbines to kill bald and golden eagles. … Continue reading

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Sam is My Hero

Sam is a streamliner. Everyone knows who they are, although no one calls them that when the teachers are around. He’s one of the kids who wouldn’t be in the main high school if it weren’t for a special program. … Continue reading

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