Tagged: Fun

The Science of Christmas - News

John Kerr Dec 18, 2016

As the big day approaches, there is no shortage of scientists turning their inquisitive minds to the mysteries of Christmas. In the spirit of the festive season, Sciblogs brings you a tinsel entwined ‘wrap-up’ of Noel-related research. Naughty or nice? Not so important for Santa Santa pays a visit to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Source: BelfastLive. Read More

More Westerosean Economics - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 19, 2015

Washington Post's WonkBlog draws some lessons from Westeros.Their summary list:People aren't good at stocking up for the future.The economy still doesn't employ women to their full potential.America could be the Iron Bank, but does it want to?The Fed i... Read More

Ten Commandments of PowerPoint™ presentations - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 03, 2015

In my “most cringing” file, ranking somewhere alongside brussel sprouts and Abba, are PowerPoint(TM) presentations that are unreadable and distracting. I have made it my mission to rid the world of annoying animation, fantastic fonts, garrulous graphs, and tortuous tables. The following are my commandments – ignore them and dreadful things will be visited on […] … Read More

Meta-IRB - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2015

Here's a fun one for those of you still based at a university. All of you put together a Human Ethics Review proposal for a field experiment on Human Ethics Review proposals. Here is the proposal within my proposal. Each of you would propose putting together a panel of researchers at different universities. You would propose that each of your … Read More

Industry bad, public good - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 27, 2015

So the official line seems to be that industry money always corrupts, but that public funding never does. Here's Otago's Jim Mann:As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) nutrition advisory committee, Mann himself cannot accept funding or gifts of any kind from the commercial sector."I'm glad that while with WHO, I've been in a position where I've … Read More