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Maybe Now Americans Will Finally Get Affordable Care!

I'm immensely relieved by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as reported here. The ruling represents a crucial step toward fixing my country's dysfunctional health care system...

June 28, 2012 — John Horgan

On Bad First Drafts

This post first appeared on my old blog on March 16, 2011. I'm writing a post tomorrow relevant to this topic so thought I would re-post it today, to have it fresh in my reader's minds.

June 28, 2012 — Kate Clancy

On the importance of names. Or, "Are we at the hump or the hole?"

If you look at our recent GPS trajectory, you might think our navigator is, well, under the influence.But actually, our course is a planned path between 3 specific spots:Da Base: Our home base for the past few days.Da Hole: A location slightly south of Da Base, where the satellites showed chlorophyll levels looking a little low.Da Hump: A spot slightly north of Da Base, where the satellites indicated chlorophyll levels were a little higher than the surrounding areas.So we started at Da Base, went down to Da Hole, back to Da Base, up to Da Hump, back to Da Base, down to Da Hole, back to Da Base, and now we're heading back to Da Hump...

June 28, 2012 — Rose Eveleth

How Anteaters Decide What To Eat

The Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla , only eats ants and termites, as its name suggests. Since the giant anteater and its evolutionary ancestors have been feasting on ants and termites for nearly 60 million years, a researcher named Kent Redford hypothesized that, over time, ants and termites may have evolved various defenses to avoid predation...

June 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Young Science Bloggers: the Tumblr

Here in the incubator, there are hatchlings, who are currently learning the trade of science journalism in college or through internships; fledglings, who are beginning their own careers; eggs, who are just starting to experiment with science communication...

STAFFJune 28, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Scientists They re Just Like Us! They Don't Like Equations Either

I was a bit amused when I read a press release headline this week: "Scientists struggle with mathematical details." I expected the story to be about occasions when scientists had misunderstood, misinterpreted, or misapplied mathematical formulas in their published research, but instead the study in the June 25 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that research papers with lots of mathematical details are cited by other scholars less often than papers with fewer...

June 28, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

Room for magic: A conversation with Lyndsay Faye

In 1845, New York City saw the establishment of its first ever police department. It’s hard to imagine how the city had managed to survive—and thrive—without one – and harder still to think how it would have continued to do so after the influx of Irish immigrants from the Great Famine...

June 28, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

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