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Writing and Editing

Surf me not into temptation

It should come as no surprise that the Vatican is expected soon to announce the designation of a patron saint of the Internet and computer science. Judging by the solicitations that miraculously appear unbidden in my e-mail box, Internet users …

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Science doesn’t smile on atheists

Article Index Science doesn’t smile on atheists Atheism Page 3 All Pages Page 1 of 3 Nobody likes an evangelical atheist. Nothing ruins a dinner party like some less-holy-than-thou zealot giving a vodka-fueled sermon, pounding the table and decrying religion …

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Better than X-rays

In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen was messing about in a darkened lab, studying cathode rays using a device called a Crookes tube. As he worked, a screen on the far side of the laboratory began to glow mysteriously. Even …

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This is not a work of postmodern journalism

Unfortunately, this is the lede of this article. The “lede” (journalism jargon for the opening sentence or paragraph of a newspaper article) usually serves several purposes: It describes the main issue (e.g., Is there such a thing as postmodern literature?), …

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A mass market of one

When Napster and Kazaa appear in the news, it’s usually a story about digital piracy, or challenges to the traditional ideas of copyright. But the online exchange of music files is part of a change in public attitude that is …

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Cancer still not cured

“Judah is going to cure cancer in two years,” James Watson told Gina Kolata, a science and medicine reporter for The New York Times. Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for co-discovering the structure of DNA, was speaking about Judah …

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