February 13th, 2005


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"We're living in the era of the Permanent Campaign. The old notion that the parties would beat each other's brains in during the election and then try to do the people's business, at least in odd-numbered years, is now considered quaint. The brain-bashing, and fundraising based on brain-bashing, now takes place all year, every year."
-Howard Kurtz

"Today, there is a universe of diversions to buy, hear, watch and forward, which makes focusing on a task all the more challenging." Technology brings us a world of new distractions.

New addition to the scientific method: political self-censorship.

Essay: gene designers may need their own Hippocratic oath.

"Saying higher education's long-standing tenure system isn't family friendly and harms the careers of women, a panel of university leaders called Thursday for colleges to make the traditional academic career path more flexible."

OMG Neil Gaiman vs. Margaret Atwood! (Courtesy valancymay.)