Hubble Telescope finds signs of water on five alien planets — Clearly people have been using my shower on other planets.
College Is Free After You Have A Baby, And Other Lies That ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Real Women — Because those Ten Commandments don’t apply when you’re lying for smug Republican Jesus. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Rights Group Is Seeking Status of ‘Legal Person’ for Captive Chimpanzee — Corporations have legal personhood, and we share a lot less DNA with them.
Dual Career Academic Couples — Third, academics practice “disciplinary endogamy” in that they tend to study similar disciplines (this endogamy is especially high in the natural sciences 83% of female scientists in an academic couple are partnered with another scientist compared to only 54% of male scientists). Now, there’s a term of art. Sounds more like a party game than a sociological phenomenon. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
“Scientists are…” — Phil Plait on anti-science bias. These issues are, as I’ve said before, a defect in the education and worldview of the (largely conservative) deniers, not a defect in science itself.
When global warming kicks into overdrive, how will we know? — A government panel suggests the creation of an early-warning system to track when global warming is threatening abrupt changes that could threaten ecosystems or political stability. Well, there’s an idea that’s DOA in conservative dominated America. Common sense about science is simply not allowed. It might lead to evidence-based thinking, then there would be more liberals.
As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500 — Best healthcare system in the world, if you can afford it.
Obama acts to defend Obamacare and Democrats from GOP attacks — After the relaunch of HealthCare.gov, President Obama starts a new campaign to tout Obamacare and its benefits. Nice to see the President bestirring himself.
The Difference Between Criminals and Non-Criminals? Getting Caught. — Imagine if we had all been prosecuted for every crime we committed, even as a juvenile. What would the crime rate look like then? Other than some extremely trivial vandalism, I cannot recall any crimes I committed as a juvenile. I certainly never committed assault, theft, robbery or arson. Never so much as boosted a stick of gum from the corner store.
?otD: Do you like to move it, move it?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)