This week’s links: Science, tech and media news and analysis

I’ve been completely snowed under for the last week or so with marking so I didn’t manage to blog at all. I did, however, still read lots of good stuff written by other people. Here’s some of the best of it.

Why Academia Is No Longer A Smart Choice | New Matilda: This piece reminded me why I’m not putting all my eggs in the academia basket. No jobs, no money, no life… If you think the academic career is an easy one to pursue, this well written article will change your mind.

Sony still subsidizing US military supercomputer efforts | Ars Technica: You know how gaming consoles are sold for below cost and manufacturers expect to make the money back on games? Well, the US Military is taking advantage of this and buying up butt-loads of PS3s and turning them into super computers.

Quack Psychologists, 1927 | Mind Hacks: A post about a 1927 news item about dodgy psychologists. Any follower of bad science or pop psychology will find this an interesting read.

More Insight on Those Leaked Climate Change Emails | Boing Boing: I’ve been really lazy about keeping up with the leaked climate science emails. When I get around to reading up on it, this list of coverage is where I’ll start. Maybe you’d like to read it too?

Reborn Coma Man’s Words May Be Bogus | Wired: Were you freaked out by the reports of that guy who was locked in his body for decades, the doctors thinking he was in a coma? I was. Well, thankfully, it turned out to (possibly) be some really bogus science/science reporting.

Zombie Outbreak Simulator: Sim City Plus Google Maps Plus Undead | Gizmodo Australia: A while ago I wrote a news story about a new mathematical model of zombie outbreaks. Well, as nobody could possibly have doubted, that kind of mathematical modeling has come in handy. There is now an online zombie outbreak simulator where you can control a bunch of variables.

Cold Asylum | New Scientist: A really great gallery of photographs of abandoned mental hospitals. It’s definitely worth a look.