Amy Harmon’s “Navigating Love and Autism”
Dec26

Amy Harmon’s “Navigating Love and Autism”

I can’t gush enough about today’s page one story by Amy Harmon in The New York Times. As part of her continuing series, Love on the Spectrum, Amy follows a college couple who are emblematic of the relationship and intimacy challenges of young adults with Asperger syndrome or other forms of autism. I thought that CENtral Science readers would be interested in both Kirsten Lindsmith and Jack Robison, the latter having an...

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Bryostatins: Panacea?
Oct24

Bryostatins: Panacea?

I just had the delightful pleasure of participating in the C&EN Advisory Board meeting late last week. Among the outstanding C&EN writers and editors at the DC headquarters, I got to meet several others who are stationed around the US and the world. One of these new friends based in New Jersey, Bethany Halford, has this week’s C&EN cover story on the marine natural products, the bryostatins. These complex compounds...

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On journalists copy-checking with scientist sources
Oct12

On journalists copy-checking with scientist sources

Should science journalists solicit scientist sources to fact-check article content prior to publication? Or do scientists have no more right to do so than, say, politicians previewing the latest criticism of their policies. I have to admit that I had not quite anticipated the magnitude of interest in these questions when I first wrote about the topic in late September at my Take As Directed blog on the PLoS Blogs network. The...

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Most important lessons learned from a teacher
Oct08

Most important lessons learned from a teacher

In the current US political climate, teaching as a profession is taking a beating. I don’t quite understand how one of the most important jobs in this country, particularly at the K-12 level, is somehow perceived at the heart of our economic woes. Over at his NeuroTribes blog (mind, science, culture) at PLoS Blogs, science journalist Steve Silberman has a superb collection of science writer reflections on the most important...

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Synthetic marijuana interview by Dirk Hanson, The Chemical Carousel
Sep23

Synthetic marijuana interview by Dirk Hanson, The Chemical Carousel

A hearty welcome to readers arriving via referrals from Dr. Vaughan Bell at Mind Hacks and Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast. We’ve been writing about synthetic marijuana science and regulation for almost two years and have been impressed by the widespread interest. For more information, click here for a handy compilation of our writing on the subject.   I’m always tickled to death to be asked to talk about natural...

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News & Observer tweet-up: my newspaper groks it
Jul13

News & Observer tweet-up: my newspaper groks it

For those of you social media butterflies, how does your local newspaper interact with you? Call me a dinosaur but I love my local newspaper. We at Terra Sig World Headquarters still get the dead-tree version on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and you’ll occasionally see me blog here and elsewhere about pharma stories I first learn from the News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina. Part of the reason is because it is the...

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