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Decision Making Has Its Semmelweis, Now It Needs a Gawande

What’s the difference between a physician and a surgeon?<p>If you were sick in the Middle Ages you had three options: the church, the local healer, and …

Physiology

George W. Bush Didn't Keep Americans Safe Before or After 9/11

There were other terrorist attacks perpetrated on American soil, and thousands of Americans killed in the war of choice he incompetently waged.<p>Reuters<p>The Boston bombing attack and George W. Bush's return to the headlines have given new prominence to the old talking point that, whatever else you …

U.S. not ready to intervene in Syria

Obama administration still determining whether the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons crossed a “red line”<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence indicates Syrian President Bashar Assad has twice used deadly chemical weapons in his country's fierce civil …

Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

Don't reassess W.'s legacy without remembering the grave charges levied against him.<p>Reuters<p>With the Bush Administration's legacy being revisited, it's worth taking another look at a story that surfaced a couple of years ago and was, for reasons I don't understand, immediately forgotten.<p>Retired …

'Be open about what you think'

<b>What makes a good science story?</b><p>In the 1964 Jacobellius v Ohio case, US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously held that hardcore pornography …

Behaving like animals: The Bonobo and the Atheist | Tessa Kendall

Is human nature a beast that needs to be tamed? Should we "throw out Darwinism in our social and political lives"? Or are we naturally altruistic, …

DNA double helix: how James Watson and Francis Crick cracked the secret of life – video

The secret of life is written in the double helix of DNA. Dr Mark Hirst of the Open University and Prof Robert Budd, curator of medicine at London's …

Has the MMR debacle immunised the media against other scare stories?

When Jeremy Paxman this week apologised to MMR experts on Newsnight for the shameful role played by parts of the media in the MMR crisis, he joined a …