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It’s certainly been too long since my last Found while foraging!  Since I haven’t been posting as frequently as I’d like, I’ve preferred to post about scientific topics when I had a chance to post.  In the meantime, I’ve let my collection of links grow…so I decided to start the week with a Found while foraging and hopefully end it with a “proper” post.  Anyway, here’s what I’ve come across in the last couple of months — hopefully it’s not an overwhelming collection!  As always, feel free to add more links in the comments.

Science and society
  • Deborah Blum writes about a collaboration between PBS and the Center for Public Integrity to follow up on the groundwater contamination case in Hinkley, California (of Erin Brockovich fame) and the issue of regulatory capture.
  • On the same theme, George Johnson’s “Cancer Cluster or Chance” makes the point that there was no clear link between contamination and cancer in Hinkley and explains the difficulty of knowing when “hazardous” effects of an exposure are actually just random.
  • Whitney Campbell reminds us to never throw away electronic devices.  Pass them along (to a friend/thrift shop or by freecycling) if they still work; if not, recycle them.
  • Plant Village is a free, online resource where you can ask and answer plant-related questions.
  • A piece on Double X Science about the variability of human vaginas, a fact we’ve taken surprisingly long to discover.
Sex, sexism and gender
Visual arts
  • Alex Brown launched his new blog by writing about false friends in a post that generated plenty of discussion.  You should check it out if you enjoy languages — in fact, you should probably follow Alex’s blog.
  • I learned quite a lot from this excellent article about lip-reading and signing by Rachel Kolb, who has been deaf since birth.
  • I’ve made a Facebook page for Inspiring Science.  If you like the blog, “like” the page and you can get updates directly in your timeline!
Just for fun
  • I loved Mary Roach’s TED talk “10 things you didn’t know about orgasm” so much that I bought her book, Bonk.  I’m planning to post a review once I’ve read it — and then maybe buy more of her books.  (Yes, OK, it’s not hard to get me to buy books.  In case any publishers out there are reading this: it’s also not hard to get me to review books — just get in touch!)
  • Does your cat walk on your keyboard?  They’ve been doing that for nearly 600 years….
  • A horror story about smartphones by Joseph Scrimshaw.

That’s all from me!