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Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Comment Re:Talented researchers... (Score 1) 467

I was going to mod you up but decided to reply instead. I am a tenure track asst prof at a top 50 university. My postdoc was at an Ivy League med school and I was totally psyched to get a faculty job at a Big 10 Ag school. I can't speak to engineering/physics, but on the biology side of the fence, PhDs tend to self select. Some colleagues in my postdoc liked the research only aspect of being in a med school. Sure, the grants game is cutthroat, but you never need to speak to an undergrad, and realistically, possibly not even a grad student. Conversely, I left wonderful friends and a city I loved, to move to the middle of nowhere. Why? Because I *enjoy* teaching undergrads and grads, both formally in the classroom and informally in the lab. Like I said, I can't speak for the other STEM disciplines, but in biology, faculty do have a choice and nobody is *forced* to take a job that involves teaching.

That said, you are spot on. It all depends on the benchmarks for tenure. Great teaching evals won't get you there but pubs will. At my school, teaching evals have a step function - you can't totally suck, but as long as they are passable, and your scholarly output is strong, you'll get tenure. Generally, us faculty types aren't stupid - when presented those contingencies, where would you put your maximal effort?

Comment Re:Upstate New York Isn't That Bad... (Score 1) 538

I lived in Syracuse for 19 years and then Ithaca for another 5. Since moving away, I've also lived in California (Oakland Hills) and southern New England. And you are absolutely right - the snow simply isn't a big deal as the municipalities have the knowledge, equipment, budget, and planning to cope.

I've seen CT and RI cities paralyzed by snow that CNYers would laugh at. But here is the critical distinction - it's not that folks are more hardy, it's that the towns deal with it in a timely and appropriate manner. Here in Rhode Island, they do a halfassed job plowing, and then cross their fingers and pray it will melt. Well, that's fine assuming it doesn't then melt and refreeze into sheets of ice, which it seems to do more times than not. In contrast, after a CNY storm, the road is dry and black 1 or 2 days later, even when your lawn still has 6-12 inches of accumulated snow.

Besides, update is incredibly verdant the rest of the year. As I said, I've lived in Northern California, and the 'golden hills' are just a nice euphemism for brown.

Comment Re:Urban Transit (Score 1) 806

Most cities are NOT like NYC, LA, SF, etc. They're usually more like Atlanta. The suburbs are fairly safe, and the downtown is a big ghetto full of crime and drugs. There's a reason white people (or rather, middle-class people) have been moving out of cities: they want to get away from all the crime, or in places like NYC or SF, they want to go someplace where they can afford a decent-sized house on their income because the housing is too expensive.

Density is actually much nicer than the 'burbs when done right - here in Providence, I walk out the door with my kids and within 5 minutes be at 3 playgrounds, 7+ restaurants, a pharmacy, an amazing bakery, a florist, my barber, lots of retail, etc. I also enjoyed living in New Haven and I know plenty of people enjoy Boston and Philly. Now the commonality between all these cities is that their development predates auto-based sprawl. SF and Oakland are the only western cities I know of that share this benefit. If you've only ever lived in the car based 'burbs, you have no idea how nice quality of life can be as a new urbanist.

Comment it doesn't exist (Score 1) 1

The mythical software you are looking for doesn't exist. But, as much as it pains me to say it, Endnote and Word will get you 80% of the way there.

As you gather your sources, enter them directly into Endnote (do NOT wait until the end). Then paraphrase the snippets you need in word, and insert the unformatted endnote citation in the word doc. You can easily rearrange the structure of the snippets/citations as you outline your thoughts.

Once all this is done, actually turning the outlined referenced snippets into formal writing is trivial. Essentially, you are just doing the outline plus index card method of term paper writing in electronic form.

Good luck.

(Also, they are OSX only, but you may want to check out OmniOutliner from OmniGroup and from Bee Docs.)

Comment Re:Where to see Air Force One (Score 1) 640

It doesn't have AF One, but the American Hanger at the Imperial War Museum Duxford is truly impressive. No B2, but a blackbird, a U2 and a B52 all under one roof is still amazing.

      North American AT-6D Texan (s)
      Consolidated B-24M Liberator
      North American P-51D Mustang (r)
      Douglas C-47 Skytrain (s)
      Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
      Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
      Grumman TBM-3 Avenger (s)
      Boeing B-29A Superfortress
      North American B-25J Mitchell (s)
      Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
      Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
      Lockheed U2-C (s)
      North American F-100D Super Sabre (s)
      Bell UH-1 Huey
      McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
      General Dynamics F-111E
      Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (s)

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