October 19, 2014

8:19 AM | A week of links
Links this week: Was the paper proposing that mice can pass their fears onto their offspring and grandchildren via epigenetic mechanisms too good to be true? Neuroskeptic comments (and read the comments to Neuroskeptic’s post).  And my favourite epigenetics statement of the week: “Women too can succeed in business. Because epigenetics.” What are agent based […]

October 17, 2014

5:24 PM | Jimmy John's employees and non-compete agreements
Via the Huffington Post, I see that the sandwich shop Jimmy John's is requiring non-compete agreements:Employee covenants and agrees that, during his or her employment with the Employer and for a period of two (2) years after … he or she will not have any direct or indirect interest in or perform services for … any business which derives more than ten percent (10%) of its revenue from selling submarine, hero-type, deli-style, pita and/or wrapped or rolled sandwiches and which is […]
5:13 PM | The paradox of capitalism
I read articles so fast that I tend to skip important things -- this paragraph by Laura Cassiday in this week's C&EN is one of them. Thanks to one of the ACS' innumerable e-mail newsletters, it was put in front of my face again: Who says big companies are cold, heartless behemoths, where employees are numbers and every decision is based on the bottom line? The three companies highlighted in this year’s C&EN profile of top companies for chemists are out to dispel this […]
10:34 AM | De-anonymizing what used to be anonymous: NYC taxicabs
Thanks to Artem Kaznatcheev, I learned yesterday about the recent work of Anthony Tockar in exploring the field of anonymization and deanonymization of datasets. Specifically, he looked at the 2013 cab rides in New York City, which was provided under a FOIL request, and he stalked celebrities Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba (and discovered that neither of them […]

October 16, 2014

11:28 AM | Bad Paper by Jake Halpern
Yesterday I finished Jake Halpern’s new book, Bad Paper: Chasing Debt From Wall Street To The Underground. It’s an interesting series of close-up descriptions of the people who have been buying and selling revolving debt since the credit crisis, as well as the actual business of debt collecting. He talks about the very real problem, […]

October 15, 2014

9:28 PM | Job posting: Medicinal chemist (Basel, Switzerland) and process chemist (Plymouth, MN)
From the inbox, a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. process development position at Cargill in Plymouth, MN:This position is predominantly technical support and process development for transformer oil, polyols, glycerin, and regulatory issues, and a lesser amount of administrative responsibility, partial building management of the Industrial Specialties Technology Center and the ISTC’s safety program.This position provides exposure to many corporate functions outside of R&D – e.g. operations, […]
11:04 AM | Nurses on strike
Monday saw the first strike by health service staff in England and Wales for 32 years. This dispute surrounds the refusal of the government to implement a 1% pay rise recommended by the NHS pay review body. The reason for not awarding the pay increase given by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, […]
5:00 AM | #HEJC for 24/10/2014
The next #HEJC discussion will take place Friday 24th October, at 1pm London time on Twitter. To see what this means for your time zone visit or join the Facebook event. For more information about the Health Economics Journal Club and how to take part, click here. The paper for discussion is a working […]
4:00 AM | Global Partnership to Create Competitor to Capitalism
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 15, 2014 Source: Principled Societies Project, Houston, TX Summary: The LEDDA Partnership is the first science-based, global effort to create a fundamentally new economic system, Continue Reading → The post Global Partnership to Create Competitor to Capitalism appeared first on Principled Societies Project.
3:47 AM | LEDDA Partnership Strategic Plan
Formation of the LEDDA Partnership in 2014 is a historic event—the partnership is the first science-based, global effort to create and assess a fundamentally new economic system, one that acts Continue Reading → The post LEDDA Partnership Strategic Plan appeared first on Principled Societies Project.

October 14, 2014

7:08 PM | First-in-Class Simulation Model Illustrates Economic Democracy, End of Poverty
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 14, 2014 Source: Principled Societies Project, Houston, TX Summary: A first-in-class simulation model of virtual US county hybrid economy illustrates how the LEDDA economic direct Continue Reading → The post First-in-Class Simulation Model Illustrates Economic Democracy, End of Poverty appeared first on Principled Societies Project.
3:20 PM | Is the ACS ready for a Cannabis Chemistry division?
Via LinkedIn, a fascinating petition:This is a petition to form a professional division within the membership of the American Chemical Society. The title of division shall be Cannabis Chemists. One might think that this is too specific of a designation for a separate professional division. I would however argue that it is a rapidly expanding profession and that we face many issues specific to the industry. As the medical marijuana and recreational cannabis industry grows it promises to […]
2:57 PM | "Of course I own this facility!"
I've linked the Tremblay article below in the links post for the week, but I cannot resist this quote from the article:Censere’s Utley, though, is not surprised. In his 25 years as a financial investigator in China, he has come across all sorts of scams. One company that Utley and his team of forensic accountants was hired to investigate had 12 different sets of accounts that management used to show different groups. One indication of the large scale of fraud is that an open market […]
2:54 PM | When will C&EN go digital-only? I shudder to think
From this week's C&EN, a funny letter: Yes, “moving to an exclusively digital format” would preserve natural resources, as Chris Erickson lucidly explained in his letter to the editor (C&EN, July 28, page 4). But I beg ACS to retain the print version of Chemical & Engineering News. It is, frankly, the principal benefit I derive from membership. Receiving C&EN in my otherwise crowded-with-catalogs mailbox is a weekly delight. I can read it anywhere. It gives […]
2:46 PM | This week's C&EN
Sorry for the delay. Long day yesterday. Good stuff in this week's C&EN:Fascinating story by Britt Erickson on farmers suing Syngenta for getting GMO crop protein in their non-GMO crops. Apparently, China has not approved this particular protein for sale and if your crops are contaminated with it, too bad!Thoroughly enjoyed this story by Jean-François Tremblay on short-sellers having a field day in China taking down stocks of companies that are most likely fraudulent. A profile […]
12:25 PM | Simulation Model Graphs
A collection of graphs is presented for the simulation model. Graphs pertain to the virtual population of size 100,000 adults. Click on any image to enlarge. Read the paper “First Continue Reading → The post Simulation Model Graphs appeared first on Principled Societies Project.
12:11 PM | Simulation Model
A computer simulation model has been published in the International Journal of Community Currency Research that illustrates token-dollar flow in a virtual US county. Links to the paper and it’s Continue Reading → The post Simulation Model appeared first on Principled Societies Project.
10:47 AM | Upcoming data journalism and data ethics conferences
Today Today I’m super excited to go to the opening launch party of danah boyd’s Data and Society. Data and Society has a bunch of cool initiatives but I’m particularly interested in their Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society. They were the people that helped make the Podesta Report on Big Data as good […]
8:17 AM | The invisible hand of Jupiter
I’m note sure how I hadn’t come across this before (one need only read the Wikipedia entry “invisible hand”), but Adam Smith used the phrase “invisible hand” three times. It is used once in The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and The Wealth of Nations (1776) – both of those I knew. The third time […]

October 13, 2014

2:39 PM | The LEDDA Framework
The Local Economic Direct Democracy Association (LEDDA) framework, or synonymously, LEDDA economic direct democracy, is a local, parallel economic system Continue Reading → The post The LEDDA Framework appeared first on Principled Societies Project.

October 12, 2014

3:48 PM | World War III: It's here and energy is largely behind it
I've been advancing a thesis for several months with friends that World War III is now underway. It's just that it's not the war we thought it would be, that is, a confrontation between major powers with the possibility of a nuclear exchange. Instead, we are getting a set of low-intensity, on-again, off-again conflicts involving non-state actors (ISIS, Ukrainian rebels, Libyan insurgents) with confusing and in some cases nonexistent battle lines and rapidly shifting alliances such as the shift […]

October 11, 2014

6:00 AM | Lazy analysis – inequality edition
Over at WSJ Real Time Economics, Josh Zumbrun turns the following chart into a claim that “the SAT is just another area in American life where economic inequality results in much more than just disparate incomes.” But what does the chart actually tell us? In a perfect meritocracy, the smartest students will score the highest. […]

October 10, 2014

5:09 PM | Parking some links for discussion
From this week, but not been addressed:I liked this Boston Globe story on life science postdocs. Nothing hugely groundbreaking for those in the know, but it's good that people are continuing to cover the issue and that professors like Greg Petsko are getting attention. On the other hand, I found this response to concerns about the glut of life science Ph.D.s to be insufficient, but of course, I would. Via "JJ", I see the Denver school teacher that burned some students doing a […]
4:32 PM | Let's talk about the position that really matters: ACS CEO
Incidentally, no one that I am aware of has been talking about how there's an executive search going on for the actual top spot at ACS, i.e. Madeleine Jacobs' current position as executive director and CEO. Who do we think has more emphasis on the Society, the person who runs the ship day-to-day, or the seemingly ceremonial ACS president, who gets elected for a 1 year term?Here's the ad. I'm amused to learn that you only need a B.S. degree in chemistry/the chemical sciences to be […]
2:39 PM | ACS presidential candidates on #chemjobs issues
The relevant portion of the 3 ACS presidential candidates, presented in order that they were published in the September 8 edition of C&EN. Peter K. Dourhout:...2. I believe that the solution to our economic woes and the employment outlook resides with us as ACS members... ...Employment Solutions. I believe that the solution to our economic woes and changing the employment outlook resides with us as ACS members. To paraphrase the comic strip character Pogo: “I have seen the […]
2:03 PM | Congrats to Betzig, Hell and Moerner for the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry!
Honestly, I don't have anything intelligent to add to this conversation. Derek Lowe has a nice post on it. Here's the official C&EN story, with a picture of the instrument in the living room where it was built.Until next year! 
11:26 AM | What male allies should *really* be doing
Chris Wiggins was kind enough to forward me this article on a recent panel discussion of “Male Allies of Women” at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration, which is a big deal conference for women in tech. Panelists included Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer, Google’s SVP of Search Alan Eustace, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, and Intuit CTO Tayloe Stansbury. […]
8:43 AM | A week of links
Links this week: Plenty of press and interesting articles sparked by Peter Thiel’s new book. First, he has a swipe at business schools. And some great one-liners. But is he wrong about the future? Another tech-billionaire – Elon Musk wants to put people of Mars. But he doesn’t need one million people to get enough […]

October 09, 2014

7:03 PM | Like the coelacanth
A full-page ad for Gilead chemistry in the 2nd-to-latest C&EN. Looks like lots of positions in both Foster City and Seattle. Haven't been one of those in a long, long, long time. (Maybe 1 in the past year, maybe 3 or 4 in the past 3?)Also, the fact that Gilead is expanding seems to be good news.Best wishes to those applying. 
12:50 PM | Reverse-engineering Chinese censorship
This recent paper written by Gary King, Jennifer Pan, and Margaret Roberts explores the way social media posts are censored in China. It’s interesting, take a look, or read this article on their work. Here’s their abstract: Existing research on the extensive Chinese censorship organization uses observational methods with well-known limitations. We conducted the first large-scale […]
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