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How and why I revised my controversial Aeon article, "Die, Selfish Gene, Die."
This morning Aeon published a revised version of my story "Die, Selfish Gene, Die," which originally ran last Tuesday. The title is the same, the subtitle altered: Die, selfish gene, die For decade...
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This controversy put on display the passion of science. If nothing else your article revealed that really smart people are committed to understanding really cool stuff. To paraphrase McLuhan, "the contraversy is the story". Contained within it are all the elements fueling our greatest asperations.
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Really rich strand of ideas emerging here on how to not just break apart the bound bits of the scientific paper, but put them back together again in a more flexible, open, and powerful way.
 
Looking forward to seeing a lot more of this thinking from Kaitlin...
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Freeing Animals From Our Evolutionary Traps - important by +Carl Zimmer

James Snyder noticed one day that a frog had climbed onto a tree in his backyard in southern Florida and swallowed one of his Christmas lights. He snapped this eerie photo in which the light glows through the frog’s stomach, like a herpetological holiday ornament.
James Snyder noticed one day that a frog had climbed onto a tree in his backyard in southern Florida and swallowed one of his Christmas lights. He snapped this eerie photo in which the light glows ...
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Question: Does anyone know of a specific instance where research time and/or money was wasted due to a failure by other researchers to publish negative results?

(Please share, +Bora Zivkovic, +Jason Goldman, et al.)
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You Didn’t Build That: The Best Animal Engineers - My latest piece on the so-called "ecosystem engineers" of the animal world is up at +Nautilus Magazine 

If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet. There would be plenty of reasons to think so. We build bridges spanning enormous waterways, aptly named skyscrapers, and stadiums that seat tens of thousands. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the diversity of structures we build: schools, airports, apartment buildings, shopping malls, a Starbucks on every corner.
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Wisconsin state government is trying to shut down investigative journalism for political reasons, writes +Deborah Blum. 
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Some really good science reporters have made the transition from journalism to public relations. What do they have to say about the transition? I asked two, Mark Henderson and B.D. Colen, to weigh in. My latest on +SciLogs.com 
When I was a reporter, I never thought I’d become a flack, or public information officer (PIO). But I did. A lot of the skills I developed as a reporter served me well after making the transition to the “dark side.” How common were my experiences? To get more information on making the shift from journalist to PIO, I decided to pick the brains of two well-regarded reporters who have gone on ...
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New on the Loom: Animals stuck in our evolutionary traps, and how to free them. (Featuring Christmas-light-swallowing frogs!)

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/05/freeing-animals-from-our-evolutionary-traps/
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A catalog of 49 drinks culled from great works of film and literature, depicting everything from Philip Marlowe's Gin Gimlet to Fredo Corleone's Banana Daiquiri to the simple yet effective Buttermaker Boilermaker. http://popchartlab.com/collections/prints/products/the-cocktail-chart-of-film-literature
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As I prepare to leave Wired's Science Blogs for other, homegrown pastures, I'm running 10 of my favorite posts from my tenure there. Today: Biologist Jonathan Eisen tries to free his father's papers — and his own and others' future work — from the calcified structures of the traditional scientific publishing system. 
Below find #6 in my Best of Neuron Culture Moving Party here at Wired ? a run of 10 of my favorite posts from the blog's stay here, posted on the eve of my
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I write on science and other forms of culture for publications including the New York Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, Slate, Nature, and Scientific American.
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I've also written three books as well as the Atavist hit, My Mother's Lover, and am now writing "The Orchid and the Dandelion," which expands on this much-discussed Atlantic article I authored. I blog at Neuron Culture

For the story of my relationship with Bach's Partita in D minor, the score of which you see above, see "It's Just a F**king Little Sixteenth Note."
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Below find #6 in my Best of Neuron Culture Moving Party here at Wired ? a run of 10 of my favorite posts from the blog's stay here, posted o

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Winston Churchill in 1904, age 29. Neuroskeptic, one of the most insightful neuro-psycho-bloggers out there today, has a nice post at Discov

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Bookwork and some other issues have limited my blogging lately, and I thank my followers for patience on this front. Yet if I can't relay al

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Elsevier has two reasons to buy Mendeley. One is to squash it: to destroy or coöpt an open-science icon that threatens its business model.

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The two most important things that can happen to you in a mainstream movie are being killed and having an orgasm. Sometimes in facial close-

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Canadian Yuichi Takasaka takes photos and time-lapse videos of the aurora borealis and the night sky.  Here are a couple;  you'll find many

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Links | Top picksAn amazing three-part feature from Daniel Engber on why the focus on mice and rats in lab research is a problem. Also: nake

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naked dense bodies provoke depression (and other tall scientific tales). I've been using Mendeley for about a year now, and while there

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Genomics | Personal genomics | My main current interest in personal genomics right now is pure recreation. I don't expect much utility out o

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A man-made world
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Open Science Revolt Occupies Congress
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The open-science revolt, catalyzed just a few weeks ago as a reaction to publisher Elsevier's backing of a clumsy bill introduced to the U..

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“He had a sufficiently high opinion of himself". Tue, 2012-01-03 23:20 -- John Hawks. Gina Kolata profiles Eric Lander, director of Har