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Bora's Picks (February 8th, 2013)

Brown eggs and ham: Colorblind children encounter unseen challenges in the classroom by Joss Fong: As a kindergartner at Green Acres Elementary in Lebanon, Ore., William Jeffrey Harding failed a scholastic aptitude test and was placed in special education.

STAFFFebruary 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Still Bringing the Science Crazy in NC

So you thought the nuttiest thing we did in North Carolina this week was appoint a director of child development and early education who was against … um, early education.What’s wrong with you: have you never heard of North Carolina before?

February 8, 2013 — Scott Huler

My response to the Guardian pseudoscience on girls and science

Just wanted to give a quick heads up to those of you who follow on the blog but not on Twitter or Facebook (personal, blog) that Chris Chambers and I have a piece in the Guardian today responding to the recent pseudoscience on why more girls don't pursue science in places like the US and UK: "Pseudoscience and stereotyping won't solve gender inequality in science." Many thanks to Ed Yong for hooking up Chris and me, and to Chris for graciously inviting me to write with him.

February 8, 2013 — Kate Clancy

Psychiatry by Numbers

"And if ever, by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there's always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering.

February 8, 2013 — melody

Can Hitchhiking Earth Microbes Thrive on Mars?

Engineers swab the Curiosity rover's heat shield to test its cleanliness. Credit: NASA LOS ANGELES—When the Curiosity rover lifted off toward Mars, the spacecraft carried a few stowaways—278,000 bacterial spores, by NASA’s best estimate.

February 7, 2013 — John Matson

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