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Deborah Blum

Cambridge, MA
Freelance Journalist — Freelance

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

Five Books: Vivette Glover recommends the best books on Life Before Birth – And Life After It — Tell me about Deborah Blum's book. This centres round the work of Harry Harlow who worked with monkeys and needed to breed more of them. He isolated them very early and took them away from their mothers and kept them clean and well-fed.

Amy Stewart Talks 'Best American Science Writing' — "I t takes a great deal of faith to write a book-length work on the lives of earthworms and hope that someone - anyone - will take notice of it," wrote Amy Stewart, referring to her 2004 book, "The Earth Moved: On The Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms." But it was a justified faith.

Our Toxicity Experiment in West Virginia — Back in 1998, scientists working for Eastman Chemical - part of the corporate empire established by Kodak photography pioneer, George Eastman - decided to study the effects of dosing rats with a poorly understood compound called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM).

The Chemist as Murderer (A Thallium Story) — On January 14th, 2011, a 39-year-old computer engineer was admitted to Princeton University Hospital in New Jersey with nagging, flu-like symptoms. The man was nauseated, suffering from severe joint pains, wracked by a strange, convulsive trembling in his legs. Doctors at the hospital tried one treatment after another but Xiaoye Wang only became weaker.

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 — 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 — 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.

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Oct 20, 2016

RT @rocza: Montana judge faces call for impeachment after sentencing man who raped his 12y/o daughter to 60 days in jail

Oct 20, 2016

RT @zenbrainest: I accept the decision of the Editors...if they accepted my paper

Oct 20, 2016

RT @NateSilver538: Huge surge last night in Google searches for how to donate to Clinton's campaign. (Much bigger than for Trump.)

Oct 20, 2016

RT @ESQPolitics: Well, that was briefly entertaining. Now the Al Smith Dinner is turning into the St.Bartholomew's Day massacre.

Oct 20, 2016

RT @TomLevenson: This is an amazing performance by @realDonaldTrump. I really cannot believe this.

Oct 20, 2016

RT @greenhousenyt: Roman Catholicism is about grace, forgiveness, humility, and kindness. Trump's speech at Al Smith dinner was anything but.

Oct 20, 2016

RT @KatrinaNation: This Election Is Being Rigged—but Not by Democrats / GOP's voter suppression is real danger-- @thenation @ariberman

Oct 20, 2016

RT @rickhasen: When will Republican leaders condemning Trump's irresponsible claims of widespread voter fraud condemn @KrisKobach1787 and @GregAbbott_TX ?

Oct 20, 2016

RT @tarahaelle: As @DrJudyStone describes, ignorance about abortion can kill women. It's been happening for years. 

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