Friday Links

1. More ways that anti-science people hurt their own children (here too).

That is about as spectacular a parenting fail as letting your child go through a windshield head first in a car accident because you thought refusing to buckle your child in a car seat made you look educated.

I, for one, refuse to fall for the lies of the seatbelt lobby.

2. How hospitals make decisions

3. (Not) Finding jobs in particle physics

I was surprised at the level of specialization demonstrated:

Some young scientists say that to increase their flexibility, they’re focusing less on identifying themselves with a particular type of physics—for example, neutrino physics or collider physics—and more on developing a broadly applicable skill set. For example, Penning, who works on the ATLAS detector at the LHC, says that with his experience in collider physics he has gained expertise in sifting out small numbers of “signal” events from huge numbers of spurious “background” events. He’s already thinking about how such skills might translate to other types of experiments, he says.

I thought he was going to say “non-physics applications”.

4. A (rather unthoughtful) rant on academia

Does academia suffer from collective imposter syndrome?

There are many things wrong with science in general, this email even touches many of them, but it is a very immature perspective on the issues (I did not finish it), written in anger…

Yet, I saw at least 5 people sharing it and discussing it on twitter.

5. Wonderful statistical point: Do left-handed people die young

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