A couple of links to finish the week

Here are a couple of interesting pieces I found as I was preparing to close up shop for the weekend:

Kelly Crowe, a medical reporter at CBC News, has a nice wrap-up of the recent news on scientific media misconduct. "We, in the media, make a big deal over a new research finding, but when it turns out to be less exciting, or even wrong after future research, we don't tend to report that. 'Never mind' doesn't usually make it into the news," she writes. 

And for those of you who don't follow The Virginia Quarterly Review, you missed a nice history of science writing, written by Robin Marantz Henig. If you didn't know Paul de Kruif was the first modern science writer (and I'm not sure whom I would have put that label on), then you should read this piece. She says de Kruif sometimes got into trouble with his contemporaries for writing in what they called a "jazz style"–truthy rather than true.

-Paul Raeburn

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