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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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That kinky Christie Brinkley fashion ad in yesterday’s Times? I torched it in slow-mo.

That weird threesome fashion shoot in today's Times? I set it on fire. Thing is HOT.

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Putin has Asperger’s? Pete Etchells says Now wait just a goddamned minute here

daviddobbs.net — On Wednesday, USA Today ran a report that a US Naval College researcher concluded from "movement pattern analysis" that Vladimir Putin has Asperger's. The fabulosu Pete Etchells, over at the Guardian, shows why we should wonder not only about this idea, but, yet again, about how the Pentagon spends its money.

Brian Williams might well be misremembering rather than lying

linkis.com — It seems incredible that someone might misremember whether they were in a chopper crash. Ford Vox, a physician who specializes in spinal and brain injuries and has treated many people with memory p... ⇨ Proceed to the page: http://linkis.com/ibqE4

Brian Williams might well be misremembering rather than lying

daviddobbs.net — It seems incredible that someone might misremember whether they were in a chopper crash. Ford Vox, a physician who specializes in spinal and brain injuries and has treated many people with memory problems, explains how it could happen: You may wonder how its possible that Williams tricked himself into such a vivid false memory told in such detail.

Fact or Phrenology?

scientificamerican.com — The growing controversy over fMRI scans is forcing us to confront whether brain equals mind or THIS IS A PREVIEW. subscribe to access the full article.Already have an account? Sign In Functional magnetic resonance imaging--or fMRI--has made quite a splash since its introduction a decade ago.

They Froze for Science - But Got the Eggs

daviddobbs.net — Below find #8 in my Best of Neuron Culture Moving Party - a run of 10 of my favorite posts from the blog's stay at WIRED, posted on the eve of the blog's move to this site. (Details on my move are at bottom of the first post in this series).

The gassy dead. A million-genome march. How to do science.

daviddobbs.net — What to do with the dead? This timeless problem took extra urgency in Victorian London. Excerpted from the book Dirty Old London, by Lee Jackson, in the Guardian. The existence of such gases was undisputed - sextons and undertakers were often called up to "tap" coffins in church vaults, drilling a hole to prevent them breaking open with explosive force.

Alice Munro has some very bad news. Plus consciousness and Brits on the dole.

daviddobbs.net — Three of thefive reads from today's edition of my Read Two newsletter. You can get the other two here or sign up for more. Why can't the world's greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? They don't call it the hard problem for nothing. By Oliver Burkeman at The Guardian.

War on drugs, war in sound, Oregon found. Why we marry. A billionaire says downsize.

tinyletter.com — The War on Drugs started with Billie Holiday. By Johann Hari, POLITICO Jazz was the opposite of everything Harry Anslinger believed in. It is improvised, relaxed, free-form. It follows its own rhythm. Worst of all, it is a mongrel music made up of European, Caribbean and African echoes, all mating on American shores.
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Mar 05, 2015

RT @pourmecoffee: Deeply satisfying. "A praying mantis jump. (1000 frames per second)" youtu.be/UMv5pvsrzRU

Mar 05, 2015

@DeliaCabe Advice from Vermont: Change religions. I’d probably be dead without ice melt.

Mar 05, 2015

@nxthompson that’s such a good story. i’ve thought about that line many times.

Mar 05, 2015

RT @pomeranian99: In my kitchen, I think I'm just a device the stove uses to talk to the fire alarm.

Mar 05, 2015

RT @AllenAndUnwinUK: Thrilling to see @stevesilberman talk NeuroTribes at #profconf - his book will reframe the way we view autism pic.twitter.com/W8EL34rUhE

Mar 05, 2015

Pregnant Women Are Finding Out They Have Cancer From A Genetic Test Of Their Babies. By @virginiahughes @BuzzFeedNews j.mp/1BLBp6h

Mar 05, 2015

Fight! Fight! @carlzimmer loses bloody knife battle w onion whose junk is bigger than his. Junk DNA, that is. j.mp/1H01Ox5



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