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Crude Matter

Human physiology, weird animal biology, and the interface of science and culture.

Links Post - January 15, 2012

Physiology The wonderful quail… and what Sen. Coburn should learn about it and Cocaine and the sexual habits of quail, or, why does NIH fund what it does?

January 15, 2012 — Michelle Clement

The Research Works Act would deny taxpayers access to federally funded research.

The short of it (covered in depth by Michael Eisen, and Razib tipped me off to the issue) is that Carolyn Maloney, a congresswoman funded by Elsevier, which is a major for-profit publishing company, is trying to pass the Research Works Act, which would deny Americans free access to research funded by taxpayer money.

January 7, 2012 — Michelle Clement

Video: The science of champagne

If you're reading this post, congratulations! You've made it to the end of 2011! You may be going out tonight to ring in the new year with friends and family, and if so, there's a good chance that you'll be sipping some champagne when the clock strikes midnight.

December 31, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Memorable links from the first half of 2011

2011 was an exciting, stressful, occasionally scary, and very fruitful year for me, personally and professionally. I hope you are all pleased with the way life treated you this year.

December 30, 2011 — Michelle Clement

The Guppy Project is not wasteful, Sen. Coburn.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has a degree in medicine, so I would expect that he's had some rudimentary biology education at some point in his life. However, you wouldn't know it just from glancing through the entries in his "Wastebook", a list of projects funded by the government that he considers wasteful.

December 22, 2011 — Michelle Clement

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