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You can’t make this stuff up. Unfortunately, you don’t have to: “As hard as it is to believe, bankers who are living on the Upper East Side making $2 or $3 million a year have set up a life for themselves in which they are also at zero at the end of the year with…

My brother, who started his medical career as a pulmonary tech at a naval hospital and is now the medical director for the National Disaster Medical System — a system that draws heavily on medical personnel normally employed outside government — sent me this account of his Inauguration Day, which he spent overseeing the NDMS…

The blog post of that name (covering the Science article “Mispredicting Affective and Behavioral Responses” to Racism raises a good question. I always liked my sister’s response when such sentiments were aired. “Excuse me,” she would say, “but your cape is showing.”

With this post, and with pleasure, I bring the blog formerly known as Smooth Pebbles — now Neuron Culture (mark your RSS readers!) — back to Scienceblogs. Seventeen months ago I said farewell to this Scienceblogs home, at least for a time, because I had not found blogging a comfortable fit. Since then, however, as…

WIll Smith schools Rubik’s Cube

One more reason to like Will Smith. Hat tip to kottke, who links to some other amazing Rubikiean feats.

Sullivan on death of newspapers

Forgive if I’m obsessed with this death-of-journalism thing — Andrew Sullivan has a nice piece in the Times of London about dying newspapers. Like Surowiecki, he fears the loss of the deep reporting that newspapers are already doing less of, and for which so far we have no real replacement venue. Stunning stat from the…

I won’t replicate the Word-of-the-Day email every day, but this was too good not to pass on. “The Dingle duo are seriously concerned that Jasmine’s about to go doolally.” doolally PRONUNCIATION: (DU-lah-lee) MEANING: adjective: Irrational, deranged, or insane. ETYMOLOGY: After Deolali, a small town in western India. It’s about 100 miles from Mumbai with an…

Crows & vending machines

How did I miss this for 24 hours? From the Times Magazine’s 8th Annual Year in Ideas issue – Vending Machine for Crows: In June, Josh Klein revealed his master’s-thesis project to a flock of crows at the Binghamton Zoo in south-central New York State. The New York University graduate student offered the birds coins…

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,…

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…