All posts tagged with politics

People, not clusters

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Surveillance of people with infectious diseases is a public health measure, yet such surveillance can lead to serious injustice. In an editorial in the Amer...

Brexit fears affecting U.K. archaeologists

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I have no political position on the impending departure of Britain from the European Union. Nevertheless, I wanted to point to this article in The Guardian t...

Link: An Ethiopian government transition

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Ethiopia is undergoing an unexpected government transition, and Yohannes Gedamu in The Conversation gives some context: “Premier quitting and state of emerge...

Link: History of The Population Bomb

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Charles C. Mann has written a historical account of Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb as a part of Smithsonian magazine’s retrospective on the year 1968: “T...

Link: Personalized medicine going to Congress

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The New York Times reports on the new initiative to fund massive research on personalized medicine: “Obama to Request Research Funding for Treatments Tailore...

Philanthropy and public funding of science

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Lots of people have been talking about this New York Times article about the increasing philanthropic funding of big science projects: “Billionaires With Big...

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 21

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Chris Mooney reviews the book, Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us by Avi Tuschman, in an article in Washington Monthly: “The O...

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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In the New York Times, Alan Dershowitz reviews the book, The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind–and Changed the History of Free Speech...

California's online imposition

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This is big education news, from the California legislature: “Measure Seeks Campus Credit For Web Study”.

Birth politics

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Alice Roberts writes about the process of childbirth as she awaits her second delivery: “Childbirth: why I take the scientific approach to having a baby”. Th...

More on the reclamation proclamation

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Michael E. Smith comments on the Chagnon/Sahlins flap from the perspective of archaeology: “Chagnon, Sahlins, and science”:

Recantation of a former genetic know-nothing

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The text of this lecture by Mark Lynas is remarkable (“Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013”). Lynas gained prominence as a critic of genetic...

The Stalin Age diet

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Dan Lieberman, writing in the New York Times, supports the Bloomburg soda ban with a call for additional regulations banning: “Evolution’s Sweet Tooth”.

"We don't need a master"

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The Boston Globe has a a story about a new institute, founded by Jon F. Wilkins, that aims to solve some of the administrative problems facing independent sc...

Shoelaces tied together

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Zen Faulkes comments on last week’s National Academies meeting on Science Communication: “Self-defeating prophecy”.

Making science or making news?

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Christopher Reddy, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, comments on his experience doing science around the Deepwater Horizon oil accident in the Gulf ...

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 16

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Barbara King joins the Neandertal Anti-Defamation League with her new post at NPR: “Giving Neanderthals Some Respect (Especially In An Election Year)”.

"American Genesis"

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I saw a reference to this new book by Jeffrey Moran: American Genesis: The Evolution Controversies from Scopes to Creation Science. From the description:

Florida: Anthropologists not wanted

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Last week I linked to my essay, “What’s wrong with anthropology?” My theme was that anthropology has been a failure over the past two decades at engaging wit...

Engaging with the public

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Alice Bell raises an essential question: “Whats this public engagement with science thing then?”

Science Pub, day of creationism

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I had a wonderful afternoon Sunday at the Madison Science Pub. The featured guest was Ron Numbers, the historian of science at UW-Madison whose research has ...

I'm a genetic libertarian

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Much news coming out of the FDA public meeting on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetics. Dan Vorhaus was at the proceedings and reports on them (“Looking Ahead A...

FDA-DTC genetics meeting

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been holding a meeting about Direct-to-Consumer genetic testing. Daniel MacArthur has been following the proceeding...

Stuxnet story

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Fascinating detective story in Vanity Fair about how computer security researchers ferreted out the workings of the Stuxnet worm. I especially enjoyed the ps...

Genomes to the people

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Misha Angrist has written a strong guest post at Daniel MacArthur’s “Genetic Future”, taking a clear stand in favor of disclosure of genetic information from...

Berkeley DNA tests revisited

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I wrote about the UC Berkeley genetic testing of incoming freshmen earlier this spring. The summer is halfway over and the saliva kits have been sent. Now Sc...

DNA arrest database

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In yesterday’s DNA news, the U.S. House of Representatives wants to pay for an expansion of federal DNA databases to include all arrestees:

Anthropocene redux

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If you’re a regular reader, you may remember my comments on some geologists’ attempt to define an “Anthropocene” epoch to recognize the world-changing scope ...

UC-Berkeley genetic tests for freshmen

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I’m not sure which tags to apply to this story. I’m torn between “colossally-bad-ideas” and “university-auditions-for-big-brother”.

NAGPRA rule revision

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Rex Dalton reports on changes to the federal implementation rules of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: “Rule poses threat to museum...

Bake sales minus the baking

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Remember when we were going to have to hold bake sales to save the schools? Well, New York has found one way to solve that problem: “New York schools’ ban on...

NIH genetic test registry

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The National Institutes of Health directorate this week announced the creation of a new database for tracking and providing public information about commerci...

Texas newborn DNA experimentation

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A couple of weeks ago, the Texas Tribune reported on an investigation of the archiving of blood samples taken from newborn infants: “DNA Deception”.

National Children's Study update

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Pam Belluck explains the hold-ups with the 7-billion-dollar National Children’s Study: “Wanted: Volunteers, all pregnant.”

Clearing the stack

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Here are some links that have been piling up in my browser tabs this week:

Smeersh spionum

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John Tierney reports on an idea to link carbon tax increases to future global temperatures. The idea is that if warming doesn’t happen, there won’t be a tax,...

Public access to federally funded research

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The Obama Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy is running a forum on public access to federally funded research. There seem to be ongoing...

Leaving it to the societies

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Carl Zimmer, giving a quick synopsis of three recent books on science communication, begins his post:

Stimulating some grants

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In case you’re wondering whether you have a chance at some of that stimulus money for your grant proposal:

Stimulating some grants

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A story on how new Energy Secretary Steven Chu is planning to dole out the stimulus money:

"Anthropocene"? WhaAAAH?!

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Here in paleoanthropologyland, we are often subject to the whims of the nomenclatura. These folks come up with new “logical” ways to name things, and we eith...