- Science & technology writer Amanda Schaffer has been busy! First, she critiqued the prevalence of the great-man view of innovation in the tech industry in MIT technology review. Now, she’s published a three-part series on how the religious opposition of Jehovah’s Witnesses to blood transfusions has helped inspire a more conservative approach to the use of blood in surgery (and new high-tech, high-skills surgical techniques).
- Historians of science in the (chemical) news! The intrepid experimental replicators of Columbia University’s Making and Knowing project were featured in a profile in Chemical & Engineering News.
- Zeynep Tufekci explains why smart devices may be a dumb idea, when it comes to security and public safety.
- The strange history of scientists who eat their research subjects.
- A paper with 5,184 authors: big science, “kilo-authorship,” and the shifting taxonomy of scientific credit.
Political theorist Jedediah Purdy looks at the darker side of American environmentalism in the twentieth century.
- The British Library wants help cracking the code on a 13th-century sword.
- Amazon, it turns out, monitors and patrols its own employees’ behavior just as ruthlessly as it does your shopping habits. Jeff Bezos says that’s not his company.