First off, if you are not at least an occasional reader of Tetrapod Zoology, I don’t know how you could possibly live with yourself. Fossils and charismatic species galore.
Although I thought I’d heard it all, this recent entry introduces a whole ‘nother brand of nuts.

…philosopher David Pearce is honestly proposing that we should feel ethically compelled to eradicate all suffering and cruelty from the natural world in order to create a sort of global vegan paradise where predators don’t exist. Pearce terms this the Abolitionist Project (for more on Pearce and his ideas see this wikipedia article). His plans are, as discussed in depth on his website, theoretically plausible and involve such things as the use of brain implants, behaviour-modifying drugs, and genetic manipulation. Eventually, the lion will, literally, lie down with the lamb, hyaenas will not feel compelled to eat baby elephants alive, and – I presume – ladybirds will not eat aphids, and so on


The best description of the effect of the ARRA/stimulus on the NIH that I’ve seen so far was provided by our good blog friend Odyssey of Pondering Blather blog. Over at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship Odyssey observed:

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Digital Robotic Unit Generated for Masterful Observation, Nocturnal Killing and Efficient Yelling

Get Your Cyborg Name

h/t: Abel OnlineYellBoy

Oh yeah?

March 3, 2009

Overheard on the local playground:
Wackaballoon: “Oh yeah?”
Twerp: “Yeah!”
W: “Nuh-uh”
T: “Uh-huh! Twice!”
W: “Yeah, well yer daddy is an Assistant Adjunct Research Professor!”
T: “Yeah? Well, yo momma is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor….in Reeesssideeence!

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Lab Slavery

March 7, 2008

It may come as a surprise to some grad students and postdocs to find that the NIH strictly prohibits

labor obtained by any of the following methods: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

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