Happy Election Day 2012, USA!

Another light week here at BNB, I’m afraid. My research energy has gone into my day job and into making decisions about how to vote. If you’re a fellow United States voter, I hope you have or will join me in voting today! When you vote, you help pick people who decide how to spend public money on science, and how much the laws rely on science.

In the meantime, I will share something that popped up in my RSS feed: John Scalzi’s “Big Idea” post from 30 Oct 2012. It’s part of a series of posts in which authors express their own thoughts about their own work, and it’s pretty nifty, if you’re like me and you like to read and to know about how writers write! I am linking to it here because the post in question talks about a book that is aimed at helping non-specialists become comfortable with computer science. I love that the author, Robert St. Amant, talks about using stories to understand computer science.

Stay tuned for more biology soon! In the works: understanding influenza (“the flu”), some thoughts on what it means to try to get to the truth (inspired by a recent Radiolab episode and its fallout), and some chatting about genetically modified organisms.

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