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Working Women's Fantasies
If every era gets the sadist it deserves, it may not be surprising that we have ended up with Christian Grey, the hero of the runaway bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.
All genomes are dysfunctional: broken genes in healthy individuals « Genomes Unzipped
I don't normally blog here about my own research, but I'm making an exception for this paper. There are a few reasons to single this paper out: firstly, it's in Science (!); and secondly, no fewer than five Genomes Unzipped members (me, Luke, Joe, Don and Jeff) are co-authors.
A Systematic Survey of Loss-of-Function Variants in Human Protein-Coding Genes
Science 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 pp. 823-828 DOI: 10.1126/science.1215040 ↵† These authors contributed equally to this work. Genome-sequencing studies indicate that all humans carry many genetic variants predicted to cause loss of function (LoF) of protein-coding genes, suggesting unexpected redundancy in the human genome.
Susan Hockfield to step down as MIT president
Susan Hockfield, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2004, will step down but stay in place until the university names a successor, a process that could take six to eighteen months. Hockfield wrote in a letter to the community that the university would be best served by a new leader as it embarks on a major fundraising campaign.
MIT President Susan Hockfield to step down - The Boston Globe
Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Susan Hockfield, the 16th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will step down from the post, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school announced today. Hockfield, who has served as president since December 2004, will stay on until a successor is in place, the school said.
Correction to Murk Avenue: Ice Cube's 'Good Day' really was Nov. 30, 1988
It should actually be November 30th, 1988. I think I found some errors in Donovan Strain’s calculations about when Ice Cube’s “Good Day” occurred, and explain my own findings below. I feel somewhat silly making this my first-ever Tumblr post on an account I’ve had open, forgotten and unused, for over a year, but I was so happy two days ago when I found all the links to his original post.
The Schmidle Muddle of the Osama Bin Laden Take Down —
A special guest post by C. Christine Fair On Monday, August 1, the New Yorker ran a piece by Nicholas Schmidle, a young freelance journalist, which proffered a breathtakingly detailed account of the Bin Laden Take-down in May of 2011.
The Innovation Nation vs. the Warfare-Welfare State
Jan 26 2012, 12:19 PM ET This is our national identity crisis in a nutshell: Do we want government spending half its money on redistribution and military, or re-dedicating itself to science, infrastructure, and health research? We like to think of ourselves as an innovation nation, but our government is a warfare/welfare state.
Michael Scheuer Endorses Ron Paul for President
By on December 30, 2011 Michael Scheuer is the former head of the Bin Laden unit for the CIA. He was with the CIA for 22 years. He quit in disgust after the 9-11 commission report was released.
Evolution of Narcissism: Why We're Overconfident, and Why It Works
Believing you're better than you are may help you succeed, a new study says. For years, psychologists have observed that people routinely overestimate their abilities, said study leader Dominic Johnson, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Per esistere l’Europa ha bisogno che Berlino scelga
L'Europa continua a essere persa in se stessa. Ma se si perde anche il 2012 nello stesso modo in cui si è lasciato andare via il 2011, il contagio della crisi europea dei debiti sovrani potrebbe irrimediabilmente arrivare anche alle economie emergenti.
Saving the World One Art Poster at a Time
Art is a powerful emotional tool for creating awareness and fostering a commitment to change the world, even if each print makes just a small dent. Think Uncle Sam's "I Want You For The U.S. Army," Apple's "Think Different" and the "Wonderful Copenhagen" poster with a police officer helping a mother duck across the street with her small ducklings.
Queen Beatrix of Netherlands defends decision to wear headscarf on state visit
Geert Wilders, leader of anti-Muslim party, criticises monarch for covering her head on visit to mosque in United Arab Emirates Queen Beatrix took on the fiery leader of her country's anti-Muslim party, Geert Wilders, on Thursday by dismissing as "nonsense" his criticism of her decision to wear a headscarf during a recent visit to a mosque.
Eve Arnold obituary
The longevity of Eve Arnold's career as a photographer matched the heterogeneity of her work. Despite the success of her portraits of the rich and famous, Arnold, who has died aged 99, was equally well known for photographing "the poor, the old and the underdog".
Jennifer Lopez dating Bradley Cooper | J. Lo date | Gossip Cop
Bradley Cooper Jennifer Lopez Marc Anthony TMZ "Jennifer Lopez & Bradley Cooper Go on a Dinner Date," reads the headline of a TMZ piece that goes on to say that Lopez seems to be "moving on from hubby Marc Anthony in a big way."
CalCoastNews editor George Ramos dead at 63 CalCoastNews
George Ramos, best known for being a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist, a Cal Poly journalism department chair, and CalCoastNews Editor has died. He was 63 years old. Police officers found Ramos’ body in a hallway of his Morro Bay home Saturday after CalCoastNews investigative reporter Karen Velie insisted they break into the home and check on his well-being.
By GWEN IFILLPublished: March 27, 1992 Mr. Clinton worked yesterday to build up a stockpile of credibility for his campaign in Washington and New York by accumulating substantial new support from prominent Democrats. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who dropped out of the Presidential race this month, rejected a last-minute plea from Governor Brown and endorsed Mr. Clinton at appearances in Rochester and on Long Island yesterday.
A Brazilian Straight Pride Day?
In Brazil, where tolerance is a trademark, there's a date set aside for just about every interest group. The Day of the Indian celebrates pre-colonial Brazilians. Professors, merchants, and journalists each have their special day, while Brazilians of color have two. The Supreme Court even recently greenlighted marching for the right to smoke marijuana.
F No, "Chemical Free!"
According to this article, a Narragansett lifeguard has created a "chemical-free sunscreen" made of zinc oxide. He was frustrated that "chemical products don't hold up in water." Why is it always the sunscreens? According to its website, the park is also a "designated Organic Zone," though presumably not in the "carbon-based" sense.