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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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Same-sex marriage with kids, in Tanzania. Baby-killing mammals. Officers overboard. Bilateral brain bunkum. Dubliners turns 100.

tinyletter.com — In Tanzania, a tradition: same-sex female-female married-with-kids. By Florence Majani in the Mail & Guardian. In the Mara region, nyumba ntobhu allows older women to marry younger women in order to have children of their own and assist with the household chores. Women say nyumba ntobhu also helps them overcome problems of gender-based domestic violence.

Deaf man hears WIFI. SCOTUS off the leash. Contaminomics. A scoop only veteran reporters could get.

tinyletter.com — A man going deaf tunes his hearing aid to WIFI. Frank Swain at New Scientist. I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes.

Is SCOTUS’s gambit to wreck healthcare unprecedented?

daviddobbs.net — Linda Greenhouse says it is - and that next to SCOTUS's decision to put Obamacare on the choppping block, Bush v. Gore was nothing. There was no urgency. There was no crisis of governance, not even a potential one.

Read Two: Philosophy of the pee-pee dance; fun failures.

daviddobbs.net — The Philosophical Implications of the Need to Pee. By Daniel Yudkin at Scientific American. What if I were to tell you, for instance, that belief in free will is negatively correlated with the desire to urinate? Those are the implications of a new study published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition by Michael Ent and Roy Baumeister.

Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest

aeon.co — A couple of years ago, at a massive conference of neuroscientists - 35,000 attendees, scores of sessions going at any given time - I wandered into a talk that I thought would be about consciousness but proved (wrong room) to be about grasshoppers and locusts.

Yaba-daba - my “Social Life of Genomes” story won a AAAS award.

daviddobbs.net — A good day (so far). The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) today announced that " The Social Life of Genes " (Pacific Standard, Sept/Oct 2013), my article on how the genome responds to social life, won the 2014 AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Award for best magazine work in 2013 - a distinction I'm tickled to be honored with.

Microbiome corrective bolus. The epic life of a mathematician life. Election riots. Ann Patchett's dog is taken.

tinyletter.com — 'Healthy' Microbiome. By Ed Yong at The New York Times. This quest for a healthy microbiome has led some people to take measures that are far more extreme than simply spooning up yogurt. In September, the archaeology writer Jeff Leach used a turkey baster to infuse his guts with the feces of a Hadza tribesman from Tanzania.

Sylvia Plath on nose-picking, and other readings

daviddobbs.net — Sylvia Plath picks her nose By Sylvia Plath, by way of Janet Malcolm. There are so many subtle variations of sensation. A delicate, pointed-nailed fifth finger can catch under dry scabs and flakes of mucus in the nostril and draw them out ot be looked at, crumbled between fingers, and flicked to the floor in minute crusts.

Sylvia Plath picks her nose. Eternal Beethoven. Instant cults. Lying shrimp. Honest bio.

tinyletter.com — The allure of Beethoven. By Alex Ross at The New Yorker. Above all, Beethoven shaped the identity of what came to be known as classical music. In the course of the nineteenth century, dead composers began to crowd out the living on concert programs, and a canon of masterpieces materialized, with Beethoven front and center.

When the drugs work. When novels don't. Clinical trials for the rich. Gluten? Godard.

tinyletter.com — When the drugs work. By Week Woman at Week Woman. After a couple of weeks on the medication, I started to feel a bit better. A bit more like "normal". But it wasn't until about 6 weeks in that suddenly it hit me that what I classified as "normal" was far from most people's experience.
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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

@phylogenomics o God I’d love to. Never been. Week of Feb 10? I’ll be in San Jose for AAAS. Wd love to see u in any case.

Nov 28, 2014

RT @BillMoyersHQ: “We have about twice as many prisoners as farmers in America” -- Environmentalist @billmckibben @350 bit.ly/GAMcq3

Nov 28, 2014

RT @alexanderchee: It is an obscenity to make a film about Alan Turing and closet him, after all he endured: mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/28/mov…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @elements: .@Nature correspondent says to rename #Philae for the first marathoner, who got his message through and died. goo.gl/wZqLK6

Nov 28, 2014

@drgitlin A thousand openings there, but I will be merciful and look away.

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