MERS update: two unsettling developments

Things have generally been quiet on the MERS front in the last several weeks. Authorities are discouraging Muslims from making the hajj pilgrimage this year, for fear of a large MERS outbreak in close quarters. In the meantime, medical researchers have been hard at work, and in the past few days two interesting results have come out.

Recap of Microsoft News Today

Here’s a recap of Microsoft’s news today:

What a comment spam script looks like

Like most blogs, I get a fair amount of comment spam. I have a good automated filter that catches pretty much all of it, but once a week or so I look through what it’s caught to see what the patterns are. The vast majority is the same form: generic complimentary statement about how wonderful my […]

Gender bias (and more!) in venture funding decisions

A great paper was just published in PNAS, authored by researchers from Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, and MIT Sloan School of Management. It looks at some of the underlying reasons for the gender imbalance in venture funding.

Cool research result of the day: predicting preeclampsia

Researchers at the University of Iowa published a paper today with some very cool, highly impactful results related to understanding preeclampsia: a dangerous hypertensive disorder in pregnant women known for rapid onset. Preeclampsia is life-threatening for both the mother and the baby. Today there is no test that predicts who is at risk for preeclampsia […]

The sage grouse, or how not to talk about conservation

Over the weekend the AP published a story about the greater sage grouse, which has become a political hot potato in an important election year.

New study: yep, vaccines are still safe.

Earlier this week the journal Pediatrics released a new research report on vaccine safety. It is actually an update to an earlier report issued by the Institute of Medicine in 2011: a comprehensive study with a report-out of almost 900 pages. This update focuses specifically on vaccine safety for children (not adolescents or adults).

The Facebook Experiment: what you need to know

Over the weekend something that Facebook did exploded all over the Internet, newspapers, and TV news. Over the past two days I’ve spent a bunch of time reading up on the issue and gathering the available information, so I could take a run at explaining the issues involved, why people are upset, and the heart of the […]

Understanding the Hobby Lobby ruling

This morning, on the last day of the Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 term, the Court handed down its 5-4 ruling on the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby case.

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