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I seem to be posting these link collections just about every two weeks.  Maybe I should make that the official schedule?  Anyway, here’s my latest collection of tidbits from the web for you to enjoy.  Feel free to add more in the comments if you’d like.

Science & society
  • Most people (myself included) probably don’t know enough about women scientists.  There’s a nice post about Madame Wu, the “Chinese Marie Curie”, over at The Finch and Pea.  I think I’m going to try to make a point of including something about a woman scientist in every Foraging from now on.  Feel free to add more in the comments!
  • A nonsense math paper was accepted by a peer-reviewed journal.  Peer review is supposed to be one of the strengths of science, a way we check and double check ourselves.  So is peer review completely broken?  Maybe, but that’s not what’s going on here.  The journal belonged to Scientific Research Publishing, a publishing house with a poor reputation.  Morale of the story: “peer-reviewed”, like any other label, is sometimes used deceptively.  Alone, it’s not a guarantee of accuracy or honesty.
  • Russ George has taken it upon himself to try to re-engineer the environment by dumping 100 tonnes of iron sulfate into the Pacific to create an plankton bloom.  If you haven’t yet heard about it, here’s the story from The Guardian.
  • Why Are Environmentalists Taking Anti-Science Positions is a nice piece which sums up how I feel about environmentalists sometimes.
  • What happens when you just drop off a box of tablets without any instructions in an impoverished village? You may be surprised.
  • Petridish and Microryza are crowdfunding websites for science projects.  I haven’t used them, but I’m glad they exist.
Science photography

Sex, sexism and gender
  •  A former Amherst student has written an account of how she was raped and the ignorant and offensive response from the administration. A must-read!
  • An interesting post by Marcia Malory over at SciAm blogs: Is Homosexuality a Choice?
  • A video clip of a preacher testifying at a city council hearing about adding LGBT people to the list of minorities protected from discrimination.  Be sure to watch the whole clip!
  • I recently discovered the Good Men Project, which describes itself as “a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century”.  I’m not sure I like everything I’ve read there, but the site sounds like an excellent idea!  You should read their article about living with someone who has depression.  Good Men Project also republished my latest post!
  • In case you missed it in my last post, the WEF Gender Gap report for 2012 was recently released.
Just for fun

That’s all from me; have a nice weekend!