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2013-04-02 03:54:18 PM
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-02 03:54:41 PM
PENITH THEATHON!
 
2013-04-02 03:55:55 PM
What's this about, then?
 
2013-04-02 03:59:34 PM
You know what's even sillier?  Studying fruit flies!!1!

Right Sarah Palin?
 
2013-04-02 04:00:13 PM
Goose penis.
 
2013-04-02 04:01:59 PM
Put in on my bill?  Why kind of duck do you think I am?
 
2013-04-02 04:11:02 PM
Rabbit penis!
 
2013-04-02 04:15:17 PM
 
2013-04-02 04:18:42 PM
I read that headline as, "Duck, duck, duck, duck, penis." Which would be an amusing game for pedophiles.
 
2013-04-02 04:23:17 PM
Duck! Penis!
 
2013-04-02 04:48:15 PM
Repeat, though this is a better link.
 
2013-04-02 04:51:44 PM
Anyone who doesn't already understand the importance of publicly funded science research isn't going to read a Slate article, and definitely not one with so many words.

I'm sure Fox News would be glad to offer him the opportunity to explain to their viewers why his research and other basic science studies deserve funding in a fair and balanced way so they can draw their own conclusions on the matter.
 
2013-04-02 04:53:21 PM
www.roflphoto.com
 
2013-04-02 05:16:53 PM
I support the NSF but that dude did a piss poor job of explaining the scientific value of his study.
 
2013-04-02 05:17:42 PM

Uzzah: Duck! Penis!


Whew!  Thanks man, that one almost got me.
 
2013-04-02 05:19:48 PM
I am never, ever getting that video out of my head. Fair warning.
 
2013-04-02 05:21:15 PM
Duck penis goes where?

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-04-02 05:28:09 PM

Whistling Kitty Chaser: Repeat, though this is a better link.


And with further argument on why studying duck penis is good basic science.

Though the obvious question from Fark for this poor sap is whether the research will shed any light on homosexual necrophilia mallard ducks[PDF].
 
2013-04-02 05:48:09 PM

Lionel Mandrake: You know what's even sillier?  Studying fruit flies!!1!

Right Sarah Palin?


Also: volcano monitoring is a waste of money.

Let's send Bobby Jindal to Pompeii.
 
2013-04-02 05:55:19 PM
He makes the typical academic argument that government has to fund basic research because "private sector will never fund anything that can't profit".

Percival Lowell would like to provide a counter but he's dead.

He makes a fair point that the science costs $20 per american vs the military costing $2000. Maybe the private sector would be able to kick in a few bucks towards basic science if we didn't have to fork over so much money.
 
2013-04-02 05:55:54 PM
fusillade762:

Also: volcano monitoring is a waste of money.

Let's send Bobby Jindal to Pompeii.


Volcano monitoring helps to fill the prison system with fresh intelligent meat.

/Italy and earthquake and blaming the scientists for not predicting that earthquake to the exact mili-second.
//At least they did not get burned at the stake by those religious nutters who are frightened of Gods hand making earthquakes
 
MFK
2013-04-02 05:56:15 PM
Amazing.

Not only is it federal funding of DUCK PENIS(!!!) study, but it's federal funding to study EVOLUTION(!!!).

I can't see how this could possibly not rustle jimmies in a hilarious way.
 
2013-04-02 05:56:51 PM
The other day I watched two drakes fighting over a female Bufflehead duck, and it was exactly like watching a bar fight.
 
2013-04-02 05:57:12 PM
media.treehugger.com
 
2013-04-02 05:57:49 PM
FTA: "Genitalia, dear readers, are where the rubber meets the road"

Yes it is.
 
2013-04-02 05:57:50 PM
You know what REALLY needs to be studied? Why these ducks are ALL wearing dog masks.

i1126.photobucket.com

What are you hiding, Anas platyrhynchos? If that IS your REAL name!
 
2013-04-02 05:58:51 PM
The fact that this grant was funded, after the careful scrutiny of many scientists and NSF administrators, reflects the fact that this research is grounded in solid theory and that the project was viewed as having the potential to move science forward (and it has), as well as fascinate and engage the public.


Crazy corkscrew shaped reproductive organs in an arms race to make procreation harder instead of easier?

You're damned right I'm fascinated and engaged.  That's freaking cool.  What evolutionary pressure exists that would encourage it to be harder to reproduce?  Is it somehow advantageous to try to reproduce when the female is more engaged?
 
2013-04-02 05:58:56 PM

wildcardjack: He makes the typical academic argument that government has to fund basic research because "private sector will never fund anything that can't profit".

Percival Lowell would like to provide a counter but he's dead.

He makes a fair point that the science costs $20 per american vs the military costing $2000. Maybe the private sector would be able to kick in a few bucks towards basic science if we didn't have to fork over so much money.


Scientists don't walk past research money. Whatever private funds are being offered have been fully utilized. He's right that the private sector does a piss poor job of funding research
 
2013-04-02 05:59:19 PM

DarwiOdrade: Duck penis goes where?

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 500x352]


That's funny.. there's some duck rape going on in the back yard right now.  Those farkers are loud.
 
2013-04-02 06:00:31 PM
FTFA: Genitalia, dear readers, are where the rubber meets the road, evolutionarily.

... something something about a boy doesn't make three tracks in the snow...
 
2013-04-02 06:00:43 PM
since this research was funded during the Bush Administration, it could very well be paying for itself.
 
2013-04-02 06:02:16 PM

Isitoveryet: since this research was funded during the Bush Administration, it could very well be paying for itself.


And the ducks have been greeted as liberators.
 
2013-04-02 06:03:29 PM

Mugato:


Awesome.
 
2013-04-02 06:03:37 PM

abb3w: Whistling Kitty Chaser: Repeat, though this is a better link.

And with further argument on why studying duck penis is good basic science.

Though the obvious question from Fark for this poor sap is whether the research will shed any light on homosexual necrophilia mallard ducks[PDF].


Sounds like the Democrats have found their next oppressed minority group to save.
 
2013-04-02 06:05:30 PM
1. The money doesn't get circulated back into the economy through salaries, because it is borrowed, and as such, a greater amount will have to be taken out of the economy to pay for the bonds used to fund the science.

2. I am in favor of R+D, but would only like to pay for applied science (science promising some sort of return) with debt. Basic science, where there is no guarantee of a return should be paid out of tax revenue.

3. Investing in basic science research may eventually result in something valuable and productive, but that is certainly not guaranteed.

4. I have no idea what potential applied science endeavors will come from this research, and would have appreciated some concrete examples. I recently heard a story on NPR about studying the glue mollusks make (it sets underwater). They provided several examples of how a glue that sets underwater would be valuable. I found no such duck penis examples.

5. Asking the direct beneficiary of a program whether or not that program is a good investment is a pisspoor way to determine the efficacy of that program. Might as well ask oil companies if oil subsidies are good for America.
 
2013-04-02 06:07:09 PM
6. Completely agree with his point about military funding vs science funding. Slash the military budget and we could invest in studying everyone's penis.
 
2013-04-02 06:07:27 PM
he found the girl and then dropped dead
 
2013-04-02 06:08:19 PM

MattStafford: The money doesn't get circulated back into the economy through salaries, because it is borrowed, and as such, a greater amount will have to be taken out of the economy to pay for the bonds used to fund the science.


www.mercedescla.org
 
2013-04-02 06:09:50 PM
GOOSE PENIS!
 
2013-04-02 06:10:21 PM
 
2013-04-02 06:10:30 PM
COCONUT PENIS!!!
 
2013-04-02 06:18:25 PM
Duck penis duck penis duck penis duck penis duck penis duck penis duck penis duck penis duck penis.

www.heartlessdoll.com

/not as catchy as "TOT MOM", I'll admit
 
2013-04-02 06:19:24 PM
Basic research is fundamental to future advancements in science and business.

Prime Example: The internet

Second Example: Salmon blood
 
2013-04-02 06:19:27 PM

HeartBurnKid: GOOSE PENIS!


When doing banding studies, the only way to sex them is to reach inside and feel for sex organs. With ducks, sex can be told by plumage (feathers) and bill color. So goose penis is actually a far more common subject in the bird world. Jus sayin'.
 
2013-04-02 06:19:39 PM
Our tax dollars would be better spent trying to figure out how the debbil hid all them fossils.
 
2013-04-02 06:21:42 PM

Ed Finnerty: Our tax dollars would be better spent trying to figure out how the debbil hid all them fossils.


God told him too.
 
2013-04-02 06:24:00 PM
TFA: Genitalia, dear readers, are where the rubber meets the road, evolutionarily.

One heck of a bon motand a very good way to link her research to better-known and larger processes.
 
2013-04-02 06:25:24 PM
MattStafford

static.prtst.net
 
2013-04-02 06:29:41 PM
www.artrick-playground.com

Made me think of this poster. Always wanted one for the lab.
 
2013-04-02 06:32:19 PM
There once was a duck named Fred
Who was born with a cork-screwed shaped head.
He found, having hunted, a duck cork-screwed coonted;
But, alas, with a Fred-reversed thread.
 
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