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dobbspic I write articles on science, medicine, nature, culture and other matters for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, National Geographic, Scientific American Mind, and other publications, and am working on my fourth book, The Orchid and the Dandelion, which expands on my recent December 2009 Atlantic article. My previous books include Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral, which traces the strangest but most forgotten controversy in Darwin's career — an elemental dispute running some 75 years.

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    Gleanings - storms, vegetables, violence, grace, and a correction

    As alert reader Alex Witze pointed out , these photos were taken by stormchaser Mike Hollingshead in Nebraska and Kansas in 2002 and 2004, and have passed around the net in other guises ever since. ... He has some doozies.    You may be shocked but not surprised to hear that Insurance Company Dropped Customers With HIV .

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    Rice, alcohol, and really fast evolution in humans

    Category: Evolution

    Really fast evolution, this time driven by agriculture.

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    When fighting insurgents, eat with the locals

    Category: Matters military

    "There's a reason that counterinsurgency mantras include Get Off The FOB and Don't Commute To The Fight. The greater the distance -- not just physically, but also culturally -- from a populace, the fewer opportunities U.S. troops have to demonstrate to that populace that U.S. actions are in their interest."

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    Who Me? Dept: Me & Eating Well v Gourmet & Saveur for James Beard Award

    Category: Food and Drink

    Now this makes my day: I've been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. Beard, foodees know, was a...

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    Get your doughboys here (aka Vegetarian dilemma)

    Category: Culture of science

    Looks like a special effects lab, but it's a bakery that makes bread in the shape (and look) of body...

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    Calvin Trillin, struttin' with some bbq

    Category: Food and Drink

    Vintage Trillin:By Meat Alone: The Best Texas BBQ in the WorldThe first time Burka went to Lexington to check out...

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    First wine, now coffee's good for you!

    Category: Brains and minds

    Personally I am glad to read this: First came the fine news that red wine may help prevent Alzheimer's. Now a 20-year study (admittedly a bit flabby) of 125.000 health-care in Spain found that drinking 2 or more cups of java a day may help prevent heart disease.

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