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Archives for May, 2009

If you’ve been following the Jared Diamond/New Yorker controversy, or my ongoing posts on journalism vs. blogging (here, here, here, here, here), you might be intrigued by this conversation about the culture of fact-checking in journalism, between journalism professor Jay Rosen and programmer Dave Winer, in their podcast series Rebooting the News. Consider this riddle:…

I finally got around to reading my backed-up RSS feeds, and had the chance to peruse these, well, demented 1970s biology textbook illustrations uncovered by Crooked Timber. I mean, what? No – what??! Crooked Timber calls it a “Groovy Prog Rock Wannabe Biology Text.” I don’t know what to say, except that I went to…

In the June Atlantic Monthly, Joshua Wolf Shenk has a long, moving article about what may be the longitudinal study of all longitudinal studies – the Harvard Study of Adult Development (Grant Study), begun in 1937. Its creator Arlie Beck planned to track 268 “healthy, well-adjusted” men from their sophomore year at Harvard through careers,…

Thank goodness Science has finally given us protection against. . . Kooties!

It is no secret that 3 Quarks Daily is one of my favorite blogs. It’s the first blog I told my boyfriend to put on his Google Reader (he’d already added BioE, but still). Which is why I’m overjoyed to announce that 3QD has created its own prize for blogging. It’s called a Quark. Oh,…

This would be funnier if it weren’t so painfully true. Also see the sequel. I didn’t get to this for a few days because I was working too hard to blog last week. In the meantime, Language Log responded with an especially egregious example of this sort of oversimplification. Cartoon by Jorge Cham, via Sheril…

Just when I was wondering why there hasn’t been more mainstream coverage of the Jared Diamond/New Yorker lawsuit I blogged about at the beginning of this month, Columbia Journalism Review has an update. And in a recent article in Science, Diamond commented, saying “The complaint has no merit at all.” Oddly, the Science article (which…

Mystery Image #5

This is. . . A. The surface of one of Jupiter’s moons B. Thermophilic archaebacteria in a hot spring C. The pigmented iris of a Madagascar gecko D. An electroformed enamel and copper pendant E. Multicolored lichen at Enchanted Rock, Texas Answer after the fold!

Morgan Care Pharmacy on P St. in Georgetown has all the character so sorely lacking from new drugstore franchises. Drugstores used to be so different: as a child, I savored root beer floats at our local drugstore soda fountain counter. (I know, very Norman Rockwell of me.) Are there any pharmacy soda fountain/luncheonette counters left…

Art of Science 2009

The Princeton Art of Science competition has named its 2009 winners. The image above, by Celeste Nelson, is a bright field micrograph of baby squid (Loligo pealeii). See the rest of the winners here.