February 5, 2010

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Friday, February 05, 2010

A Shot of Reality

The week, The Lancet formally retracted a deeply flawed study that suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The 1998 study has provided fuel for the anti-vaccine movement for years. The Lancet's editor Richard Horton describes how this debacle has ...

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Health Scare

The H1N1 virus hasn’t proven as deadly as first feared. A German epidemiologist named Wolfgang Wodarg says the WHO intentionally overstated the threat. Others blame the media. We asked The New York Times health reporter Donald McNeil, sociologist Eric Klinenberg, and ...

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A Network of Their Own

In an attempt to bypass the pesky media and get news directly to the fans, sports leagues have been creating their own television networks. Case in point: the admission of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire last month on the MLB Network that he used steroids during ...

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Field Guide

For years, the remarkable accuracy of video game football was the closest armchair quarterbacks could get to actual NFL play-on-the-field. The actual game inspired the virtual one. But increasingly, according to Chris Suellentrop in this month’s Wired Magazine, the trend has reversed. A generation of actual NFL players, ...

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Game Time

The typical televised football game lasts about three hours. But according to a recent study by The Wall Street Journal, only 11 minutes of that time is actually devoted to live play. Bob Fishman is a game director for CBS Sports, the person who decides what ...

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Trauma at Home

When we think of journalists experiencing trauma, we often think of war correspondents and yet trauma can happen in one’s own backyard. Two years ago, a shooting rampage in the small community of Kirkwood, Missouri left local journalists covering the murders of their friends and neighbors.

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With Love and Squalor

JD Salinger died last week, nearly 50 years after publishing his last short story. The reclusive author claimed to have been writing novels in private over the last half century. Slate columnist and devoted Salingerophile Ron Rosenbaum talks about what might be locked in Salinger's safe, ...

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The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls

Some unpublished Salinger writing has already found its way into the world. For instance, the Firestone Library at Princeton University has a collection of never-published stories by the author. While patrons aren't allowed to check them out or even to photocopy them, that hasn't stopped obsessive Salinger fans ...

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