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From Crooked Timber:

Rum, Sodomy and the Nash
Posted by Henry

Stephen Bainbridge ruminates on Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novels and the reasons for the success of the British Navy in its wars against Napoleonic France and the US. He gives a brief discussion of a paper by Douglas W. Allen, which analyzes the institutions of the British Navy as a solution to a set of principal-agent problems. Now, the paper is interesting, but it seems to me to be flawed, in a manner that’s unfortunately rather typical of many economists who analyze social institutions.
http://crookedtimber.org/2005/05/10/rum-sodomy-and-the-lash/
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 10-May-2005
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Certain fish have a special mating preference
A biologist at Washington University in St. Louis has shown that for some fish species, females prefer males with larger sexual organs, and actually choose them for mating. That does not exclude males with an average-sized sex organ, called a gonopodium. These fish out-compete the larger-endowed males in a predator-laden environment because they have a faster burst speed than the males with larger genitalia ? their endowment slows them down, making them easy prey.
National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency

Public Release: 10-May-2005
Journal of Animal Ecology
Ocean climate predicts elk population in Canadian Rockies
Mark Hebblewhite can look at specific climate statistics from the north Pacific Ocean and tell you how the elk are doing in Banff National Park.

Public Release: 10-May-2005
Magnetic stimulation treatment for depression helping difficult-to-treat cases at UT Southwestern
Barbara Baas ran away from home and tried to kill herself as a teenager. As an adult, she has tried more than 15 varieties of antidepressants. But, thanks to a new weapon, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), she has finally reached a truce in a 45-year battle.
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