To paraphrase Xkcd: The above joke contains advanced mathematics, which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors.

I like to tweet random things (follow me @MrEpid), but for those who don’t use Twitter, here are some interesting posts I’ve come across this past week:

  • A joke about Epidemiologists! (Thanks to Ray for the link!)
  • The JAYFK reports that Time magazine recommends people stop buying alternative flu remedies
  • Ben Goldacre (he of Bad Science), comments on a recent paper published in Nature, where academic were found to make fundamental mistakes when reporting and choosing statistical tests
  • Denmark introduces a “fat tax” based on the amounts of saturated fats in a product (Thanks to Karen for the link!)
  • Dr Arya Sharma talks about whether an obesity NGO can take money from “Big Food” and remain ethical
  • Finally, an absolutely beautiful time-lapse video of the northern lights in Finland (be sure to watch this in HD).

Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend everybody!