Friday, January 6, 2012

Weekly Links

Here are a few links you might enjoy:

Suit against UCLA in fatal lab fire raises question of who is responsible for safety.
A UCLA chemistry professor is up on criminal charges following the death of a research assistant due to a lab accident. Janet Stemwedel always does a fantastic job discussing the ethics of science, and here she discusses the ethics of lab safety and the responsibility of a PI.

Male explorer revealed to be a female two centuries after being awesome
Eighteenth century French botanist Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a man to explore the world. A new plant is being named for her.

Call to censor flu studies draws fire
The controversy over whether the papers on creating "superflu" viruses should be published with full methodology sections calls attention to how we balance academic freedom and the spread of scientific information with public health and safety.

Anatomy of a winter break
It's so true.

In which I admit to bias
It's impossible to be perfectly rational and skeptical on all issues all the time. I agree with K.O. Myers that in situations with conflicting information, I'd prefer to err on the side of supporting a marginalized group.

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