Patty's Day Roundup

BoingBoing loves The Open Laboratory: The Best in Science Writing on Blogs 2009, founded/published by the ever-present Bora Zivkovic and edited by scicurious. Nice pointer to four entires on weightlessness, major medical troubles, vampires v zombies, and how poverty affects brain development.  

Slate's Sarah Wideman reports that Insurance companies deny fertility treatment coverage to unmarried women.

The Bay State's AG finds that Massachusetts Hospital Costs Not Connected To Quality Of Care

Ezra Klein asks a good question: Was Medicare popular when it passed? Apparently not.

Jeff Jarvis asserts that The building block of journalism is no longer the article. I'm not so sure. But more on that later.

Savage Minds files a long but interesting post on Questioning Collapse, the book that skewers Jared Diamond over his work in "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and elsewhere.

And I found it quite satisfying to read about what Frank Rich reads about.

It was also fun to read, in the same Atlantic Wire series about notable writers' daily reading, about Susan Orlean's daily reading, and to see how she came to be on Twitter, where she is now a major force.

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