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Linky doodle-do

I'm accumulating too many url's, so it's time to offload them.

First, on the theme of the previous two posts,

My new favorite video of all time (joke, sorta). When I searched for "windshield wipers exercise," the first hit from Google was some sort of "Exercise Videos For Men" thing. Uhh, really??!! What, women don't exercise? *headscratch* So then I was motivated to search out a non-gender-specific exercise video. I mean, I'm sorry, but I've been part of enough co-ed teams to know that men and women are more alike than different when it comes to exercise. Harumph.

Anyway. I also found a nice VeloNews write-up about piriformis syndrome in cyclists, with a good-looking stretch.

In case you want to do any further reading on randonneuring...a list of randonneuring blogs.

I believe I got the link to this story about how the desert southwest gets its water and burns coal like mad from nibot. Not too long ago, I recall seeing stories crop up about atmospheric scientists puzzling over an unexplained methane hotspot in northeastern Arizona, which may be related. This is one of those stories that makes me sigh and go, oh, Arizona. For all of Arizona's incredible natural beauty and the low cost of living, it's still a desert and fewer people should be living there.

But in lighter news, scientists are now mind-controlling cockroaches. *grin*

Ugh, What to do when your lab runs out of money? There has been a huge push, in recent decades, to business-i-fy universities. Young faculty are under extraordinary pressure to chase after dwindling sources of funding, or to switch over to research driven by commercial interests. From what I understand, those who study innovation have indicated that "basic" research yields as much commercially-applicable innovation as "applied" research, but for decades it has been growing increasingly difficult to convince the public / investors to invest in "basic" research (pursuit of knowledge for knowledge's sake). It's all a tough row to hoe, and I'm not optimistic that we'll see many/any positive changes during my lifetime. How to cope? (Don't read the comments, BTW.) For me, one coping mechanism is to be somewhat nihilistic about the future, and instead just focus on the things directly in front of me that I can control, and do that job well.

For instance, instead, reading about the extraction and purification of different kinds of lipids. Woo, biochemistry!

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