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Book author, Science journalist, blogger, and director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.

About That Tainted Seafood In Texas

About That Tainted Seafood In Texas — I've been thinking about spring. It's just been that kind of winter, described by a Wisconsin native in our local paper as "a cold spell," which is definitely one way to talk about a week when the windchill dropped to -50 Fahrenheit.

Why Science Journalism Matters — S ome years ago, on a family visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, my two sons and I signed up for a guided, several-hour ramble downward into the cave. My husband, who is claustrophobic, waited above ground. He refused to even go down the steps toward the shadowy arch of the main entrance.

At the Prohibition Bar

At the Prohibition Bar — In these last moments of 2010, when we raise a glass to the end of the year and the promise of the new one, let's not forget to appreciate that our cocktails are legal and the alcohol in them is unlikely to kill us where we stand.

Apply for a KSJ Fellowship at MIT — We are pleased to announce that the application period for the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program in 2016-17 will open on January 1 and we welcome science journalists from around the world to apply for this unique and career-enhancing opportunity. The Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) program, founded at MIT in 1982 with a generous endowment from the James S.

A Poisoner's Tale of Halloween

A Poisoner's Tale of Halloween — I grew up on a dead-end street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where remnants of swampy forest surrounded the old wood-frame homes. Live oaks lined the streets. Spanish moss dripped from their branches. Snakes coiled under the ancient azaleas that edged the yards. It was, in fact, the perfect setting for a haunted Halloween night.

Sexist Nobel Winner Won't Get Job Back

‘Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing’

‘Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing’ — In the 17th century, the Dutch city of Delft was a business center of note, bustling with some 21,000 people, famed for its production of beer, shimmering fabrics and delicately painted pottery. It also served as home to two remarkable visionaries, one a scientist, the other an artist, both influential in the way we see the world today.

Sexist Scientist: I Was Being ‘Honest’

Sexist Scientist: I Was Being ‘Honest’ — Last week-along with science writers from more than forty countries-I flew to South Korea to participate in the 9 th World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference had paired my lecture (Pulitzer Prize winner, 1992, beat reporting) with one by Sir Tim Hunt ( Nobel Prize winner, 2001, Physiology or Medicine).

Tim Hunt "jokes" about women scientists. Or not.

Tim Hunt "jokes" about women scientists. Or not. — On Monday, June 8, both Sir Tim Hunt (recipient of a Nobel Prize in Biology) and I (winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting) were invited to give opening lectures at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea.

The Atavist Magazine

The Atavist Magazine — In the mid-1920s, young children began to vanish from neighborhoods around New York City. It took the police a decade to find their abductor, an unassuming 64-year-old handyman named Albert Fish. Fish had committed crimes of unspeakable horror: He had not only abducted and murdered the children, but also tortured and, in some cases, eaten them.
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May 03, 2016

RT @statnews: OxyContin maker moves to block @statnews from seeing its pain pill marketing records

May 03, 2016

RT @rickberke: Engrossing piece @JoelAchenbach Pondering ‘what it means to be human’ on the frontier of gene editing

May 03, 2016

RT @THahnBurkett: Everyone should know this & understand what it means. Financially penalized for the rest of your life.…

May 03, 2016

Paul Ryan wants to end Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions…

May 03, 2016

RT @nytmedia: Tampa Bay Times Buys Rival, Tampa Tribune, and Starts to Close It Down

May 03, 2016

RT @charlesornstein: Time to care?? Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States…

May 03, 2016

RT @DrRubidium: This death from phenol poisoning during a tattoo removal procedure is... WHOA… cc @deborahblum

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