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Last-week-of-term links


Edmund D. Fountain, for the New York Times

HSS 2015: A Roundtable Review

hss_logo_verticalTwo weekends ago, under (surprisingly) sunny Northern California skies, hundreds of historians of science met in San Francisco to share their research, debate central questions in the field, and – perhaps most importantly – spend time with friends, both old and new. Three members of the AmericanScience team were present to take in the sights and sounds of this annual HSTM gathering (and even found time to catch up with each other in the flesh!) After taking a week to digest our conference experiences, we present to you our thoughts on HSS 2015.

As usual, with such as massive program, a single review does not do the conference justice. And so, we opted for a review in the round, providing three perspectives on the meeting. It just so happens that we also focused our reviews on the roundtable, a format not new to HSS but unusually prominent on this year’s program. Without further ado, we begin our spin around HSS 2015 with Evan’s favorite panel of the weekend:

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Links for your Thanksgiving airport travel


A tardigrade. Cute, isn’t it? (via

Links for Monday, November 16, 2015


Transparent aluminum! And other weekly links for Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What the winner of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences gets, plus a lot of money