link friday: the NFL and head injuries, women in science, Antonin Scalia

I was going to write something about how I don’t want to talk about the government shutdown or impending debt ceiling disaster, and then I looked at my list of links and lo and behold, there were a few doing just that.

– This summary of some Republican focus groups is pretty interesting/slightly depressing.

Atul Gawande has a good short column about Obamacare and Republican obstructionism.

The 10 Stealth Economic Trends That Rule the World Today – I rolled my eyes at the title, but there was some interesting stuff in here.

NFL deliberately campaigned against science regarding head injuries – I was going to write a full post about this at some point, but I’ve been too depressed about it all. Here’s the thing: I don’t regularly watch football, but I do follow it some. But all this news about head injuries, the pain that many players suffer while playing and after retiring, and (to a much smaller extent) the fact that the NFL receives huge subsidies (did you know the NFL is technically a non-profit?) really make me think that I shouldn’t be supporting football for moral reasons. So…I don’t know.

The press-release conviction of a biotech CEO and its impact on scientific research – the CEO was convicted for subdividing his patient group after the fact and touting that the drug worked great on “mild to moderate” sufferers of a disease. Be careful out there, statisticians!

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? – very interesting article by one of the first two women to get a bachelor’s degree in physics from Yale.

WATCH: Rice University placekicker uses a soccer “rabona” to execute an onside kick – nifty little kick. (see: ambivalent comments about football above)

A long, kinda weird, interview with Antonin Scalia – apparently he has friends “that I know, or very much suspect, are homosexual” but none have come out to him. I wonder why…

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