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Carl Zimmer faces the wrath

Carl Zimmer faces the wrath with cheerful good humor. The source of his troubles:

Is Obama for real on health-care reform?

It appears Obama is going to make a health-care system overhaul a top priority in his first year. from the Tribune: “The time is now to solve this problem,” Obama said at a Chicago news conference where he announced that former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle would head his health-care team. “It’s not something that…

Blogging with (bad) style

For, well, about 6 months now I’ve been meaning to riff on this riff about internet writing from Steamboats Are Ruining Everything. As I can’t seem to get in tune, or plugged in, or somehting, I’ll just let Steamboats take it away: If I were to interpret those tugs, I would say that writing on…

Amid much good reporting on the current economic mess has been some weird vicarious excitement — the sort of giddy buzz of kids watching a disaster and simultaneously not realizing that it’s real and hoping it gets worse. You see this in the many stories about the Great Depression, the implication being that we’re facing…

Boing boing spots Virgin Mary in MRI

From The Great Beyond Far East top in science subjects Researchers in the US have released the latest figures comparing the maths and science abilities of 4th- and 8th-grade students in countries across the globe. Far Eastern countries dominate the top tens, with Singapore top for science in both 4th and 8th grade. In maths,…

Why we still need newspapers

From Knight Science Journalism Tracker: Phil. Inquirer: Four part series disembowels the Bush White House version of the EPA Many reporters have dived pretty deep into the legal and regulatory changes wrought at the EPA in the last eight years and into the scientist-administrator Stephen Johnson who imposed them at the behest of the George…

Now this is serious vertical drop. wingsuit base jumping from doubleA on Vimeo.

I frankly don’t know what the right call is on bailing out Detroit. On one hand, smart people are saying that not doing so could dangerously deepen the recession. On the other, if business idiocy had a three-strikes policy, these companies would be doing life. While going to school in Ohio car country in the…

Papa on work routines

INTERVIEWER Could you say something of this process? When do you work? Do you keep to a strict schedule? HEMINGWAY When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you…