A gay biologist navigates curiosity and concern about the prospect of knowing where queerness comes from.
Jeremy, spinning forwardFor @SlateOutward’s Legacies issue, I wrote about what we could learn from identifying the genes underlying sexual orientation, and why I’ve come to think we might be better off not knowing
Jeremy, spinning forwardI’m really more grumpy than wrathful but the story of how I’ve come to feel that genetic studies of sexual orientation are probably Not Good For The Gays seems apt to kick off #LGBTWrathMonth
“I don’t think you should apply there,” Mom said. “You don’t know who you might end up working with.”
Jeremy, spinning forwardAnyway back in the day my first summer job was in this Christian bookstore and I swear EVERY ONE of the customer interactions I describe here is true
Jeremy, spinning forwardStanding under those gilt-framed paintings of Jesus, behind the rack of Testa-Mints, it was often surprisingly difficult to live up to what people expected of a Provident Bookstore cashier.
Twitter warrior BethAnn McLaughlin takes aim at harassers
Jeremy, spinning forwardHard to imagine a more straightforward threat to academic freedom than @VanderbiltU reversing a decision to award tenure to a faculty member who's led the fight for badly needed reforms across the scientific community
It used to simplify crucial tasks. Now it’s strangling scholars’ ability to think.
Jeremy, spinning forwardOn the one hand this is bonkers impractical nonsense, but on the other hand if you offered me a salary cut and a smaller office to make room for someone to answer my e-mail I … would have a HARD time saying no
Environmental analysis assumes no action on climate change — and extreme warming — to justify freezing fuel standards for autos.
Jeremy, spinning forwardHumans, warming the whole planet? Preposterous! Fake news!
Okay maybe the planet’s warming but it’s totally natural no biggie.
Hey look we’re locked in for the manmade apocalypse it’s no good trying to fix it now.
Jeremy, spinning forwardTimetree.org informs me that the Brassica-Lactuca (apparently that's Latin for "lettuce?") most recent common ancestor was about 118 million years ago which means YEP kale and lettuce are more different than apples and oranges (MRCA, ~108Mya)
Author summary Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plants, and for many nonlegume crops, the requirement for nitrogen is primarily met by the use of inorganic fertilizers. These fertilizers are produced from fossil fuel by energy-intensive...
"'The Plant Messiah' aims to ignite a movement." Jeremy B. Yoder on Carlos Magdalena's new book.
Jeremy, spinning forwardI wrote about THE PLANT MESSIAH and its argument against ecological triage, for @LAReviewofBooks
I am only slightly sorry they didn't go with my suggested title, "Every Angiosperm is Sacred"