A few things I was glad to read this week:
A nine-year-old blogger in Scotland who exposes the poor quality of school lunches gets shut down by local pols. From Maryn McKenna's Superbug. Thanks to David Dobbs for flagging.
Encouraging kids to help with cooking and cleaning makes them smarter later by reshaping their brains. By Geekmom Laura Grace Weldon. Thanks to Annie Murphy Paul for flagging.
Ed Yong's take on the human microbiome at The Scientist.
Ricki Lewis on the bonobo genome at the Scientific American blog network.
New York Times obit by Douglas Martin on the passing of Herbert Bormann, the ecologist who helped identify the acid rain threat. Remember acid rain?
Headline of the week: Obama Might Lose (And He Might Win). I didn't read any further. The link is here only so you know I didn't make this up.
Helmet laws save money, from Rachel Zimmerman at CommonHealth.
A nice status report from the war on cancer, by Dr. Len at Dr. Len's Cancer Blog.
Investigative reporter James B. Stewart investigates broccoli in The New York Times.
And this last one, because perfection--or near-perfection--is, alas, so hard to find in life. David Pogue reviews the new Macbook (A Point Shy of Perfect) in the New York Times.
Have a good weekend.
- Paul Raeburn