- Remedia, a history of medicine blog out of Harvard, has continued its “Spaces” series (previously featured here) with two more great posts: Simon Jenkins on sex and contagion in Cardiff’s docklands and Stef Eastoe on the social geography of the asylum.
- The holidays are here! Not quite done your shopping yet? That’s ok, you still have time to read about the science of gift-giving here. And if you still need some ideas, check out the best gifts for science nerds for 2014.
- The Journal of Visual Culture has devoted this month’s issue to internet memes.
- Ever wondered what’s in your water supply? Nautilus has a story about the various pharmaceutical traces found in waterways across the US. (“Pharmaceutical soup” is how one scientist describes the situation.)
- Christian Caryl doesn’t think much of The Imitation Game. The film’s determination to”suggest maximum dramatic tension between their tragic outsider and a blinkered society,” he writes,”not only fatally miscasts Turing as a character—it also completely destroys any coherent telling of what he and his colleagues were trying to do.”
- “The Programming Historian is an online, open access, peer reviewed suite of about 30 tutorials that help humanists (though slanted towards historians) learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate their research.”
- And the end of single-payer in Vermont.