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Montpelier, VT
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Write on sci & culture @ NY Times, NYNatGeo, Slate, PacificStand, Aeon, etal. Writing The Orchid & The Dandelion (Crown, eta ~2015).

David Dobbs's Biography

David Dobbs writes features and essays for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Slate, Wired.com, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. Several of his stories have been chosen for leading science anthologies; most recently, his much-discussed feature for the Atlantic, "The Orchid Children," was selected by Jerome Groopman for Ecco/HarperPerennial's Best American Science Writing 2010. He is now writing a book, working title ...

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Ebola lessons from 1892. Hot Zone mythos. Grumpy people, a productive thaw, Hawaiian stars.

tinyletter.com — Is the Ebola outbreak - abnd our reaaction to it - unprecedented? Not at all. Please see cholera, 1892. By Howard Markel at The New Republic. Throughout September of 1892, thousands of immigrants and cabin class passengers were medically inspected and quarantined.

Miss Daisy lands

Christine Kenneally’s Rich, Rompy Read on Genes

daviddobbs.net — Of Christine Kenneally's father's father - a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished - she asks, "Did he leave anything more significant than the loud bang of a door shut down the generations?" Of course he did.

Christine Kenneally’s ‘Invisible History of the Human Race’

nytimes.com — Of Christine Kenneally's father's father - a man neither Kenneally nor her father ever knew, a man who did the deed requisite to reproduction and promptly vanished - she asks, "Did he leave anything more significant than the loud bang of a door shut down the generations?" Of course he did.

Read2: Artful running, bad hygiene, crazy geology, insane hospital bills. Plus how to get a Nobel out of Fargo.

tinyletter.com — Nobody Knows What Running Looks Like. Apparently even Donatello and Da Vinci screwed this up. By Rose Eveleth at The Atlantic. To successfully run, a person swings opposite arms and legs. As the right leg goes forward, the right arm goes back, and vice versa.

Good garbage, big data, bad study, squishy memories. And an ugly, ugly intersection in Tallahassee.

tinyletter.com — What the Garbageman Knows About Egypt. Peter Hessler shows why he's one of John McPhee's favorite writers, at The New Yorker. Beautiful gritty story about a beautiful gritty city. In Cairo, my family lives on the ground floor of an old building, in a sprawling, high-ceilinged apartment with three doors to the outside.

How trolls work, from one who’s seen it up close

daviddobbs.net — This comes to us, sadly, as part of what seems a goodbye from writer and coder Kathy Sierra, who was driven off the internet once before and returned a year ago. I think this'll ring true for anyone who's had even a taste of getting trolled, or watched with attention as it happens.

Lost giraffes, midwife monkeys, countless friends, infinite tall genes. Plus how Ebola crushes culture.

tinyletter.com — The "forgotten megafauna." By Natalie Angier at The New York Times. "Giraffes have been underestimated, even thought of as a bit stupid," said Zoe Muller, a wildlife biologist at the University of Warwick in England.

Tall tales about tall genes, revised edition.

daviddobbs.net — How do genes generate traits? A prime answer emerging from the ever-increasing power of genetic studies is that genes create traits through accidental teamwork. That is, as far as our still-early tools and techniques can tell, many and perhaps most traits for which we can find any genetic contributions are influenced by many genes of small effect.

Bad autopilot. Poverty and Ebola. The New Yorker does digital. 40 years, 40 portraits. And Jennifer Lawrence is pissed.

tinyletter.com — Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves? In Vanity Fair, William Langwiesche on the dangers of autopilot and the complacency and inattention it can encourage. So here is the picture at that moment: the airplane was in steady-state cruise, pointing straight ahead without pitching up or down, and with the power set perfectly to deliver a tranquil .80 Mach.
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Oct 22, 2014

States Ease Laws That Protected Poor Borrowers, @nytimes. These banks do not let up. dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/10/21/sta…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @DeliaCabe: Quote from our plumber who is overseeing our gas conversion: "I've been running around all day like a flea on a griddle."

Oct 21, 2014

RT @Jferrell03: I once had the honor to read Ben Bradlee's obituary, prepared in advance. Bob Kaiser's lead: "He was 153." #BenBradlee

Oct 21, 2014

RT @ChrisWarcraft: Goodness. I'm arguing with someone who thinks an Internet meme is a legitimate response to a societal question. We're fucked.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @DavidGrann: Please RT: 1 day left to give to the Matthew Power Literary Award. A cause in honor of a lovely writer and soul: bit.ly/1ySwgYV.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @unkyoka: Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling. Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I've been. I'm very happy to be alive.

Oct 21, 2014

@embeedub @ChrisWarcraft So will that dude who offered to box Anil Dash, or whoever it was, do the same v the Viking? Doubting it.



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