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There’s no such thing as a free article

Academic publishing is a world of subscription paywalls, high publication fees, and exorbitant subscription and/or pay-per-article charges. Combined with peer review (which is basically an academically sanctioned form of hazing), this traditional model of academic publishing can significantly delay the dissemination of knowledge. In a recent Wired Magazine article, Dr. Michael Eisen (who co-founded the open access […]

Is my cat making me crazy?

In the March 2012 Atlantic Magazine, Kathleen McAuliffe explores the notion that Toxoplasma gondii, a microbe found in cat feces, is a mind-controlling parasite that may lead to anxiety, schizophrenia, and car accidents: How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy By KATHLEEN MCAULIFFE Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his […]

Fresh crap, revisited

According to a Boston Globe investigation, restaurants and markets in eastern Massachusetts mislabel their fish nearly 50% of the time (suggested by DNA analysis of 183 fish samples). In other words, if you order some fancy and/or expensive fish, there’s a good chance it’s a cheap, inferior, or even unhealthful substitute. At least the beloved […]

Site restoration

An ongoing and painstaking restoration process will hopefully return this site to its former splendor.


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