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Archives for February, 2009

The Questionable Authority (apt name for this one!) ponders a disturbing report from the Times of London.

Effect Measure — inspired by a thoughtful note from bird-flu ace reporter Helen Branswell — ponders the implications of the increasing lack of specialization, and thus deep subject-specific expertise, among MSM reporters. The conclusion we draw from this is that if you really want to know what’s going on in the flu world you shouldn’t…

My Darwin talk at Dartmouth on Thursday went well, and while there I had the privilege of meeting with editors of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, or DUJS — which is, at 11 years, the oldest extant undergrad journal in the U.S., as far as its editors can tell. I knew from writing about…

“Science found wanting in nation’s crime labs,” says the headline at the NY Times, which ran one of many stories on the upcoming National Academy of Sciences report on forensic science. This kind of front-page attention is long overdue, as shabby science that claims to be infallible has jailed many an innocent (and probably freed…

A coral atoll, from Darwin’s The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, 1842. For those teeming millions near Hanover, N.H., here’s notice that I’ll be giving a talk at Dartmouth at 4pm today — Thu, Feb 5 — about Darwin’s first, favorite, and (to me) most interesting theory, which was his theory about how coral…

In an interesting essay at Slate’s The Big Money, Jill Priluck argues that book authors must “transcend their words and become brands” if they’re to sell books. Andrew Sullivan agrees : My own view is that the publishing industry deserves to die in its current state. It never made economic sense to me; there are…