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Crash of EgyptAir 990

William Langewiesche in The Atlantic (originally published 2001): Image
But that's getting ahead of the story. Back on October 31, 1999, with the first news of the crash, it was hard to imagine any form of pilot error that could have condemned the airplane to such a sustained and precipitous dive....


Epigenetics Is Not Revolutionizing Biology



Michael White in Pacific Standard (Photo: epsos/Flickr):

The idea that our DNA, rather than being an immutable fact of our biology, is actually responsive to changes in our health and our environment is what makes people so enthusiastic about epigenetics. According to a popular metaphor...

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The Meaning of Money


Over at Radio Open Source:

In his latest book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Lewis sounds worried. After that last great crash, finance has gone digital. The action has moved off the downtown trading floors and into black-box servers stationed in New Jersey. Wall Street’s work...

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Lemon-Scented Malaria

Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom:

Lemon-skeeter.001-990x397Malaria is caused by single-celled parasites called Plasmodium. A female mosquito carries them in its gut as it flies around in search of a victim to bite. After the parasites mature, they push through the insect’s gut wall, eventually making...

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Money in Politics Corrupts: Big Money Corrupts Absolutely

Simon Radford in HIPPO Reads:

ScreenHunter_1103 Mar. 27 15.57It’s not often that a working paper published on an academic website creates a stir, but it seems ours has! As the Guardian Observer reports, our paper shows that for the number of big donors being nominated for positions in the UK’s House of Lords to be...

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