links for 2010-09-09

  • "The National Association of Science Writers will be getting together in my backyard over in New Haven in November. The lineup is coming together nicely. I pitched in a little on organizing two sessions on books, which I think will be fantastic. (I’m on one of the panels, but it would still be fantastic if I were bound and gagged in the corner.)"

    Speaking of science writing, this conference sounds fantastic. I wonder if there's a discount if you're willing to attend bound and gagged?

  • 'Before stocking up on chicken soup, I checked in with Jennifer Ackerman, author of “Ah-choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold,” for some advice on avoiding—or at least surviving—the sniffles this fall.'

    Excellent interview with a great science writer.

  • 'If I told you my taste in movies, would you be able to tell me what kind of music I listen to? How about my favorite reading material, or taste in television? Peter Jason Rentfrow can — and it’s no parlor trick. The Cambridge University psychologist is lead author of a new study that finds a person’s entertainment choices tend to share certain basic characteristics, which may or may not be immediately obvious. “Individuals prefer genres that share similar content, irrespective of the medium through which it is conveyed,” he and his colleagues write in the Journal of Personality.'

    Me? Oh, I only watch those fancy British shows on PBS.

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