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I’m feeling lucky: Can algorithms better engineer serendipity in research — or in journalism? » Nieman Journalism Lab

Let’s say you have a research topic, and maybe even an angle. You dive in by reading the canonical classics, all of which seem to cite one other, and maybe some of the most recent debates. Now…
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Die, selfish gene, die

A couple of years ago, at a massive conference of neuroscientists — 35,000 attendees, scores of sessions going at any given time — I wandered into a talk that I thought would be about…
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Sixteen Tuesday, September 8, 7 AM: Just seven days to go. I awake in my apartment  in New Orleans, relieved to find no online indication of anyone wise to my location. Aside from…
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Investing Gangnam Style 3 Oct This is a really interesting piece in The Economist that underscores investor confidence and stock mania: A MID-SIZED sized Korean semiconductor firm named DI makes…
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Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad

In San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, some 200 students from kindergarten to the eighth grade attend classes at the private San Francisco Waldorf School. On any given afternoon…
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PUBLISHED: Oct. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2923 words)

The Story of an Israeli Paratrooper Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation

Thirty years ago this month, at the end of the Yom Kippur War, Israel found itself in a precarious position, confronting increasing Arab strength and hostilities from countries from afar. Having…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 22, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2060 words)

Gored In The U.S.A.: The Running Of The Bulls Comes To America

Photograph by Nick Ghobashi for BuzzFeed “Are you ready to run with the bulllllllllls?”This is the first thing that Rob Dickens, chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run LLC, says into a…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 18, 2013
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Richard Feynman on Cargo Cult Science and the Importance of Integrity

Richard Feynman’s Caltech commencement address given in 1974 is titled “Cargo Cult Science.” In it, he describes his experience in experimenting with various pseudoscience trends…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 17, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (659 words)