Link roundup: Jun 2019

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Inside the ‘secret underground lair’ where scientists are searching the galaxies
23 ‘facts’ you learned about healthy eating and nutrition as a kid that are no longer true
Pop Sci | The 10 worst insect stings in the wild
The Scientist | Could Tolerating Disease Be Better than Fighting It?
In the Pipeline | A New Way For the Machines To Handle Reagents

For those in the crowd who aren’t synthetic chemists, it cannot be emphasized enough that there is no way that you could have known about either of these choices beforehand – and that if you change the reaction to another bromo-heterocyclic system, the optimal base and solvent are likely to switch again to something else entirely. It’s as bad as cell culture or X-ray crystal growing, two other areas that are famously infested with evil spirits and voodoo rituals. You run into these systems that are just intrinsically very sensitive to initial conditions, with variables that are sometimes too small or obscure for you to even realize that they’re variables.

Potassium hunting on protein factories
Biotech Cockaigne of the Vegan Hopeful
Quanta | Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas
Physics Today | The mysterious crystal that melts at two different temperatures
TLS | Weighty matters
Nature | Reproducibility trial publishes two conclusions for one paper

PLoS Comp Bio | Open collaborative writing with Manubot

The New Yorker | Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds
How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)
Book Review: The Secret Of Our Success
The Pu-erh Brokers of Yunnan Province
Aeon | A Revolution in Time

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