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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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    Journalism - rebooting (aka future of):

    Gleanings - mind & brain, law and war, media, bad trains

    Category: Art

    Mind, brain, and body (including those gene things) While reading Wolpert's review of Greenberg's book, I found that the Guardian has a particularly rich trove of writings and resources on depression , some of it drawing on resources at BMJ (the journal formerly known as the British Medical Journal). ... The backchannel is the twitter stream that audience members now rather routinely produce while a conference speaker or panel holds forth at the front of the room; it carries hideous dangers for the unwary, unprepared, or just plain unlikeable speaker.

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    Patty's Day Roundup

    BoingBoing loves The Open Laboratory: The Best in Science Writing on Blogs 2009, founded/published by the ever-present Bora Zivkovic and...

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    Gold in the tweetstream

    I'll try doing this now and then, maybe regularly, to gather the more notable tweets I get in my twitter...

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    From Out-N-About: latest web notables

    Category: Brains and minds

    We'll start with the science, cruise through J school, and end with healthcare reform or bust. Genetic material Willful...

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    The mojo of open journalism, plus that itchy beta thing

    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

    It was a riveting, invigorating, almost intoxicating experience. It seemed a glimpse of the sort of honesty, rigor, transparency, and quality of thought and discussion that a more open system of science communication and discussion might generate.

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    Rebooting science journalism -mixed-metaphor notes on the upcoming yakfest

    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

    Ask not whom to kill, but how sci journalism and/or sci journalists might adapt to a new environment.

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    Rebooting science journalism, redux

    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

    If good science writing were easy, we'd be choking on it. Instead, it's rare enough that when we find it, we celebrate it and pass on the links as something especially worth attending. Why pretend it's otherwise?

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    Rebooting (and Funding) Science Journalism

    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

    So where IS the ProPublica for science journalism? There are a lot of organizations spending money on promoting science and science communications, but so far, not much aimed at funding high-level science journalism, either of the day-to-day reporting sort of the more in-depth kind that examines not just the findings but the workings of science. Where is our ProScientifica?

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    Has the blogosphere gone all MSM on us? well yeah duh

    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

    This is how life works. So it's how the blogosphere works too.

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    Watchdogs, sniff this: What investigative science journalism can investigate

    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

    I think it helps to have a sense of the history of science, which embeds in a writer or observer a sense of critical distance and an eye for large forces at work beneath the surface. Machinations in government surprise no one who has studied the history of government and politics. Likewise with science.

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