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November 14, 2014

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2:01 PM | NIH Can't Afford Ebola, Can Afford A $10 Million Video Game About A Town Full Of Fat People
When Ebola was the latest rage in mainstream media (that would be last month - poor people in Africa are so October of 2014) National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins was quick to capitalize on it - they could have had a vaccine by now, he claimed, if only funding had not been flat since 2004.Science blogging was, naturally, quick to blame Republicans and The Sequester and whatever else would get Democrats to the polls in the run-up to elections. read more

November 13, 2014

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9:00 PM | What Happens to Higher Education Policy after the 2014 Elections?
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has a brief looking at what changes are in store for colleges given the 2014 elections, in which the GOP swept into control across Congress, governors’ offices, and, perhaps most importantly for higher education, state houses. But it doesn’t appear too many dramatic changes are likely to occur. Leadership of the U.S. House isn’t going to change. Leadership of the Senate will, but while many interesting new people […]
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8:30 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: 60 is the New 65
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdayclonesmidterm electionsmillennialstime travelvoteAll over the media, people are shaking their virtual fists at kids today for undervoting in the US midterm elections. Clearly, millennials are too busy taking selfies, texting, and playing ...(Read more...)
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12:37 PM | Congress Will Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline, With An Eye On Louisiana
The two bills' sponsors — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. — are heading toward a runoff election next month.

November 12, 2014

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9:11 PM | The politics edition
Time for some politics – it always provides cheap hits. I’ll start with this cartoon, which I found on facebook, promoted by various of the Good. But, its rubbish; its Wrong Thinking. Its a response to the US mid-term elections – or at least, I think that’s why its being reposted – and the message…

November 11, 2014

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8:51 PM | Ebola Quarantines: Can we stop the charade now?
“I’m a believer in an abundance of caution but I’m not a believer of an abundance of idiocy.” Ashish Jha, MD Quarantine craziness has continued since my last post, with more states joining in the fray. The sudden silence since Election Day has been quite striking, but since the irrational hodgepodge of regulations persists, here [...]
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1:30 PM | Quickies: The earliest US website, rights of pregnant women, and common misconceptions
Categories: QuickiesStanford Libraries unearths the earliest US website – From Criticaldragon1177. Pregnant, and no civil rights – “With the success of Republicans in the midterm elections and the passage of Tennessee’s ...(Read more...)

November 10, 2014

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8:42 PM | The Importance of “Ancient Mating Habits of Whatever”
Photo of Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos from WisPolitics.com at Wikimedia Commons. In the afterglow of the Republican national sweep in last Tuesday’s elections, Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos discussed his agenda for the next legislative session for the state of Wisconsin. Apparently, his agenda includes changes to the state’s support of the public University of Wisconsin System: “[We want] to make sure that people who are in the […]
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3:23 PM | This week's C&EN
Plenty to chew on:A letter to the editor proposing a "Division of Cannabis Chemistry" -- I suspect this is really gonna happen, folks. Hey, look, it's some letters about climate change!This agreement between journals about reproducibility standards is interesting -- the non-explanation explanation from ACS Publications is interesting, too. (article by Andrea Widener)An article by Glenn Hess and Andrea Widener on the election results and chemical industry matters before Congress. I […]
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11:23 AM | How I see the Labour leadership situation
In the 2010 Labour leadership election I voted for David Miliband. He was the candidate who represented my views most closely, and the one who I felt was best placed to lead the party to a future election victory. When his brother Ed was elected, I was prepared to give him a chance. Although I […]
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3:56 AM | Democratic Loss in the Senate Was Not Exceptional or Unexpected
I noted earlier that the Democratic losses in the House were less than expected given what usually happens during the midterms. It is harder to make such a statement with the Senate because of the lower numbers, with fewer than a tenth of the total number of elections at stake when compared to the house.…

November 09, 2014

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7:43 PM | President Obama Scores Victory in US House 2014 Election
Yes, I know, that headline sounds wrong. But I worded it carefully and I assure you it is far more correct than many other headlines we are seeing, about the “historic loss in Congress” with the 2014 election. The truth is, the party in the White House tends to lose house seats with every midterm…
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7:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! The Youth (Non)Vote, Inventer of Endocrinology, Learning about Students, and Reckless Cancer Assumptions
Categories: Meta StuffTags: academic publishingacademic sexismadviceartcancerendocrinologyEscepticaFabiola Gianottifoodgrounded parentsMad Art Labmiderm electionsmillennialsParentingpick-up artistsRosalyn Yalowschool of doubtScienceteachingTeen SkepchickvotingSunday Funny: Typographic Chemistry (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost Elizabet may not have ...(Read more...)
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1:34 AM | Standing up to junk science in New Zealand
Last week we saw several local victories for science over pseudoscience. And the US mid-term elections also gave electoral victories supporting community water fluoridation in 5 out of 6 communities where it was voted on.* Peter Griffin from New Zealand’s Science … Continue reading →
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1:34 AM | Standing up to junk science in New Zealand
Last week we saw several local victories for science over pseudoscience. And the US mid-term elections also gave electoral victories supporting community water fluoridation in 5 out of 6 communities where it was voted on.* Peter Griffin from New Zealand’s Science … Continue reading →

November 08, 2014

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10:08 PM | As GOP Swept Congress, Black Republicans Took Home Historic Wins
The Republican Party made striking gains during the midterm elections. Among their victories were three wins by black Republicans, who seem to be building momentum for diversifying the GOP ranks.
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2:27 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #45C
Biggest Brazil metro area desperate for water Climate change is messing with pollination Climate economics expert urges "critical" investment shift Climate talks grapple with regional carbon markets Environmentalists mostly counting election losses Higher temperatures may result in fewer bees Mitch McConnell feels a “deep responsibility” to block climate action Poland rejects IPCC target of zero emissions by 2100 Surprise! This GOP Senator's theory about volcanoes and climate […]
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12:37 PM | Rudin: Tuesday's GOP Win Feels Like Its Biggest Ever
Results from Tuesday's elections have been counted, and Political Junkie Ken Rudin tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer how the results stack up against past midterms.

November 07, 2014

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6:00 PM | Republican win corners Obama in key US climate battle
Barack Obama has stalled for years on Keystone XL, the proposed tar-sand oil pipeline. Republican election gains will force his hand, says Josh Voorhees
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3:55 PM | Ukraine Says Russia Is Sending Tanks, Artillery Across The Border
The alleged movement continues to put into question a ceasefire that went into effect in September. It also comes after separatists held elections and Russia recognized them.
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3:48 PM | Abortion Paradox: Banning It Does Not Lead To More Harm From Illegal Ones
 Another American election season has come and gone.  In San Francisco, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House, campaigned only modestly, even in a year when voters turned on Democrats nationwide she was sure to get 80 percent of the vote, and once again she talked about abortion, saying that if Democrats were not in charge, they would be banned. It is hard to imagine that 1 person out of 435 would cause a 40-year-old abortion law to be overturned but the implication has […]
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12:22 AM | Extra: STV Election Walkthrough Footnote to PitAK: STV Footnote...
Extra: STV Election Walkthrough Footnote to PitAK: STV Footnote * from STV: Proportional Systems vs STV Footnote † from STV: Switch To STV Footnote ‡ from STV: Hare Vs Droop By: CGP Grey.

November 06, 2014

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9:20 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #45B
Britain had one of warmest and wettest years on record Global warming could make your pollen allergies a lot worse How does the IPCC know climate change is happening? Meet the Senate's new Climate Denial Caucus Midterm elections, the Senate, and Republican science denial Millions of Asians exposed to big climate disasters - Oxfam No quick fix for overpopulation — let’s focus on climate Our kids need to learn about climate change ‘Remarkable opportunity' for global […]
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2:30 PM | In Modern Leaders, Looking Healthy Is More Important Than Looking Smart
John F. Kennedy didn't just win the presidential election in 1960 because an alarming number of dead people in Chicago and Texas voted for him, it was only close in the first place because his debate with Vice-President Richard Nixon was televised - and he thought makeup was unmanly. While Kennedy looked healthy and vigorous, Nixon looked pale and sweaty. History was made and politics was changed forever. Two generations later, a healthy complexion is vital - but looking intelligent is not […]
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6:27 AM | Science Triumphs in Oregon and Colorado: GMO Labeling Measures Fail
The midterm elections are over, and a number of significant changes lie ahead. Marijuana has taken several key steps towards legalization, more women than ever are in congress, and the Republican party has taken control of the senate—surely, it will be an interesting couple of years. But one thing hasn’t changed: GMO foods will not […]The post Science Triumphs in Oregon and Colorado: GMO Labeling Measures Fail appeared first on Science Sushi.
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2:06 AM | Chevron Spends Big, And Loses Big, In A City Council Race
Tuesday's elections weren't just bad news for Democrats. Oil giant Chevron got clobbered in a city election in Richmond, Calif., that was widely seen as a referendum on the company itself.

November 05, 2014

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11:50 PM | Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight improves its science coverage in a single stroke.
Nate Silver's data site FiveThirtyEight.com has improved its faulty science coverage in one single master stroke: It has hired the widely respected and admired science writer Christie Aschwanden. Silver, justly acclaimed for his analysis of election data, has not shown the same skillfulness in his coverage of science. He hired an academic economist to be his principal science writer, and, as I've reported here and here, that site has made some unfortunate errors. Aschwanden, an energetic […]
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11:30 PM | The Worst News From Yesterday's Elections
Senator James M. Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who calls climate change "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" and compared the Environmental Protection Agency to the gestapo, will "almost certainly" be the next chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee. Read more...
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8:11 PM | 'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses
Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.
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5:55 PM | Stephen Hawking & the Science of the Midterm Elections
Out There is not a political blog. Quite the opposite: It is a celebration of the outer boundaries of human exploration, where I deliberately steer away from most of the issues associated with our daily grind. Nevertheless, there are times when science contributes something to the political conversation (and vice versa), and this is one […]The post Stephen Hawking & the Science of the Midterm Elections appeared first on Out There.
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