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Wasteful government spending

From Ezra Klein's Wonkblog:

Federally-funded research of dog urine ultimately gave scientists and understanding of the effect of hormones on the human kidney, which in turn has been helpful for diabetes patients. A study called "Acoustic Trauma in the Guinea Pig" resulted in treatment of early hearing loss in infants. And that randy screwworm study? It helped researchers control the population of a deadly parasite that targets cattle--costing the government $250,000 but ultimately saving the cattle industry more than $20 billion, according to Cooper's office.

By fnord12 | April 27, 2012, 1:41 PM | Liberal Outrage & Science | Comments (0)| Link

But the Oaks Can't Help Their Feelings

The maples saw this coming all along. Soon, we'll be living under the yoke of our oak masters.

The study, just published in the journal Tree Physiology, shows that common native red oak seedlings grow as much as eight times faster in New York's Central Park than in more rural, cooler settings in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Red oaks and their close relatives dominate areas ranging from northern Virginia to southern New England, so the study may have implications for changing climate and forest composition over a wide region.

By min | April 25, 2012, 1:48 PM | Science | Comments (0)| Link

Brain Damage to Blame for Puns

From io9

Witzelsucht is a mental disorder that causes the sufferer to compulsively make inappropriate jokes or puns -- all the time. The condition is generally a result of a stroke in (or an injury to) the orbitofrontal region on the right side of the brain.

So.....do you think we can all claim some sort of disability?

By min | April 20, 2012, 5:10 PM | Science | Comments (1)| Link

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