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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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    Gleanings from round the net, Apr 1 2010

    from "Would dew believe it: The stunning pictures of sleeping insects covered in water droplets," at the Daily Mail...

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    The Week's Best: Evolution, healthcare reform, clever apes, and Cheever in his undies

    Category: Art

    Evolution, healthcare reform, baboons, and Cheever in his underwear

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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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    The day's gleanings

    Jerry Coyne relates that Birds are getting smaller. Most students use Wikipedia, avoid telling profs about it When I talk...

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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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    Cool/nifty versus funny-smelling/fishy stories: Why we need both kinds

    Category: Culture of science

    How "This is Nifty" science stories are (part of) the foundation of democracy.

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    Riding the Daily Wing (my buddy Bryan's new bird blog)

    Category: Environment/nature

    "An eastern towhee belted out a plucky reeEEP! I kept spishing. A northern cardinal emerged and uttered its short, bright peek note. Two hermit thrushes popped onto a white oak branch, flicked their wings and repeated a couple of soft chuck calls.

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    On the lighter side: 119 banned words ... in one sentence

    Category: Journalism

    In other news, stay tuned, because in our top story tonight, some really good (or bad) news: as expected, in a surprise move yesterday, informed sources say...

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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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