Saturday, 29 March 2008

saturday medley

Why have burglaries declined? Simple: supply and demand. "There's just too much on the street already."

The Bad Movie Science report card has many of the problems with any grading system: it is capricious, homogenizing, and plainly wrong.

Is war inevitable? Only when there's scarcity, pestilence, or gender, race, and class inequality. So, yes, then?

Need a jump-start on building your own procrastination aid blogroll? Check out shyftr's list of science blogs.

What is the key to success in science? Not beer. "After years of argument over the roles of factors like genius, sex and dumb luck, a new study shows that something entirely unexpected and considerably sudsier may be at play in determining the success or failure of scientists — beer." Fortunately, that study seems to have sample problems, and I'm going to go ahead and assume that the effect is illusory.

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