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David Dobbs on science, nature, and culture.



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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    Category: Culture of science

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    Eureka! Neuron Culture goes Sally Field

    Category: Journalism

    was thrilled this morning to learn that this humble, erratic blog was named one of Top 30 Science Blogs by Eureka, the new monthly science magazine recently launched by the Times of London.

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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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    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

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    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

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    Category: Culture of science

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    Category: Journalism - rebooting (aka future of)

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