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Madison, WI
Freelance Journalist

Book author (The Poisoner's Handbook). Blogger (Wired Science). Journalist. Professor (The University of Wisconsin). Chemistry Geek (Total).

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

nytimes.com — 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’

thedailybeast.com — 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.

storify.com — 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

magazine.atavist.com — 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.

Ask Well: Arsenic in Rice Crackers?

well.blogs.nytimes.com — A Foods that contain rice, including rice crackers and vinegar, routinely contain some level of arsenic, scientists say, as do products like rice cakes, rice wine and cereals, and snack bars and baking mixes that contain rice flour or bran. But it's unclear how serious a health risk they pose.

Atavist | Angel Killer

atavist.com — 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.

Asbestos controversy blows in Nevada wind

old.seattletimes.com — Originally published Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 6:05 AM For the past few years, geologists Brenda Buck and Rodney Metcalf have combed the wild terrain of southern Nevada, analyzing its stony dunes and rocky outcroppings - and to their dismay, tallying mounting evidence of a landscape filled with asbestos.

Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

goodreads.com — The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum is on Mason's read shelf. Mason gave this book 4...

The Poisonous Chemistry of Chocolate

wired.com — In honor of Valentine's Day, I am posting an updated version of an earlier, favorite piece about the chemistry of chocolate: The Latin name for the cacao tree - the tropical plant source of all things chocolate - consists of two words packed with candy-loving scientific exuberance. Theobroma cacao.

A Controversy in the Wind

nytimes.com — For the past few years, the geologists Brenda Buck and Rodney Metcalf have combed the wild terrain of southern Nevada, analyzing its stony dunes and rocky outcroppings - and to their dismay, tallying mounting evidence of a landscape filled with asbestos.
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Jul 06, 2015

RT @RachelFeltman: How jellyfish have become nature's ultimate guerrilla protesters against power plants wpo.st/fj_P0 @ElaheIzadi

Jul 06, 2015

RT @DrJenGunter: Andrew Wakefield is apparently a legimite source of vaccine info at University of Toronto wp.me/p13KVf-1jf

Jul 05, 2015

RT @stevesilberman: Why measles deaths in the US may be underestimated, and the worst may be yet to come. examiner.com/article/measle…

Jul 05, 2015

RT @stevesilberman: When measles turns out to be anything but minor and harmless: SSPE and the need for vaccination. seattletimes.com/nation-world/m…

Jul 05, 2015

RT @WhySharksMatter: #ProTip "That shark is fat, she must be pregnant" is about as reliable a test with sharks as it is with humans... #SharkWeek

Jul 05, 2015

RT @ShipLives: @deborahblum @Ananyo Some day, maybe I'll accomplish enough to get @LouiseMensch to hate on me in public. Something to shoot for.

Jul 05, 2015

RT @allisonkilkenny: Wow, Abby Wambach has scored more goals in int'l soccer matches (182) than any player, of any gender, in the world newyorker.com/news/amy-david…

Jul 05, 2015

RT @docfreeride: I'm sure someone's going to tell us that this is just a natural consequence of the choices women soccer players make twitter.com/cmclymer/statu…

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