Curious Bends – homeopathy’s Nazi connections, painful science, the HepC bombshell and more

1. Standing up for the truth about homeopathy and Nazi medicine "Few people would doubt the Nazi atrocities constituted the worst violations of ethics in the history of medicine. They were possible because doctors had disregarded the most elementary rules of medical ethics. Using unproven, disproven or unsafe treatments on misinformed patients, as in alternative… Continue reading Curious Bends – homeopathy’s Nazi connections, painful science, the HepC bombshell and more

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Curious Bends – homeopathy's Nazi connections, painful science, the HepC bombshell and more

1. Standing up for the truth about homeopathy and Nazi medicine "Few people would doubt the Nazi atrocities constituted the worst violations of ethics in the history of medicine. They were possible because doctors had disregarded the most elementary rules of medical ethics. Using unproven, disproven or unsafe treatments on misinformed patients, as in alternative… Continue reading Curious Bends – homeopathy's Nazi connections, painful science, the HepC bombshell and more

From Orwell to Kafka, Markov to Doctorow: Understanding Big Data through metaphors

Big Data... right? Credit: DARPA

On March 20, I attended a short talk by Malavika Jayaram, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, titled 'What we talk about when we talk about Big Data' at the T.A.J. Residency in Bengaluru. It was something of an initiation into the social and political contexts of Big Data and its usage, and… Continue reading From Orwell to Kafka, Markov to Doctorow: Understanding Big Data through metaphors

Curious Bends – macaroni scandal, bilingual brain, beef-eating Hindus and more

1. The great macaroni scandal in the world began in Kerala "'Only the upper class people of our larger cities are likely to have tasted macaroni, the popular Italian food. It is made from wheat flour and looks like bits of onion leaves, reedy, hollow, but white in colour.' This paragraph appears in a piece titled: “Ta-Pi-O-Ca… Continue reading Curious Bends – macaroni scandal, bilingual brain, beef-eating Hindus and more

Tuberculosis’s invisible millions – in cases and money

Tuberculosis (TB) has killed more than a billion people in the last 200 years. That’s more than any other infectious disease in that period. And, what’s worse is that, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), less than half the cases worldwide are ever diagnosed. India suffers the most. It has the highest burden of TB in the… Continue reading Tuberculosis’s invisible millions – in cases and money

Tuberculosis's invisible millions – in cases and money

Tuberculosis (TB) has killed more than a billion people in the last 200 years. That’s more than any other infectious disease in that period. And, what’s worse is that, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), less than half the cases worldwide are ever diagnosed. India suffers the most. It has the highest burden of TB in the… Continue reading Tuberculosis's invisible millions – in cases and money

OA shouldn’t stop at access

Joseph Esposito argues in the scholarly kitchen why it's okay for OA articles (which come with a CC-BY license) to be repackaged and then sold for a price by other merchants once they're out in a paper. The economic incentive to reach new audiences could make that otherwise OA article into something that gets brought to… Continue reading OA shouldn’t stop at access

OA shouldn't stop at access

Joseph Esposito argues in the scholarly kitchen why it's okay for OA articles (which come with a CC-BY license) to be repackaged and then sold for a price by other merchants once they're out in a paper. The economic incentive to reach new audiences could make that otherwise OA article into something that gets brought to… Continue reading OA shouldn't stop at access