Science Writer John Rennie: Have Tongue, Will Babble

    Newman sleeps on a toy. The depression marking where he lost maw muscle mass is visible behind his right eye.

    Cancer and dogs

    That was how my wife and I discovered that our pet Newman had a brain tumor, and it marked the beginning of a nearly two year adventure in learning how dogs are treated for cancer—and how, for better or worse, their treatment differs from what humans receive.

    3D printer. (Credit: Makerbot)

    The limits of 3D printing’s replicator economy

    3D printing might seem poised to realize the replicator economy of Star Trek: at virtually the touch of a button, people could have printers whip up anything they might desire. But even if the technology of 3D printing continues to evolve rapidly, there are important limitations on how thoroughly it will replace good old fashioned manufacturing.

    Samuel L Clemens 1940 Issue—10 cents

    Never the Twain

    Irony doesn’t come much easier than this. Saturday’s New York Times featured an article on “The Overconfidence Problem in Forecasting,” about the almost universal tendency for…

    This Just In: Web Still Alive

    Just yesterday, Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff’s article “The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet” was officially posted on In it, they argue that…


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