The Ebola Wars. The New Yorker’s long feature story about Ebola’s spread.
Hervé This: The World’s Weirdest Chef. Explores the ideas and background of a molecular gastronomy pioneer.
The big sleep. A survey of recent research and work in to suspended animation. The details about what’s working in labs on animals is fascinating.
The drug revolution that no one can stop. Designing narcotics online skirts the edges of legality while making overdose treatments more difficult. Super thorough article from Matter.
The Pleasure and Pain of Speed. Nautilus article that looks at whether there are biological thresholds to how fast our brain can process information. Toward the end it considers whether these thresholds are static or whether we’re adapting to faster processing speeds over time.
Unreliable research: Trouble at the lab. Science relies on the replication of experiments. The concern is that a startlingly small number of published papers hold up to attempts to reproduce the results. The Economist looks at what that means for the field and for academic research more broadly.
I genuinely believe that the biggest part of the belief in a STEM shortage results from our cultural obsession with technology and our perpetual belief that it will cure all of our ills.