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The Filtrate, Concentrated

It’s a busy week here at Turbid Plaque Headquarters, so we’re cutting down on the buffer and bringing you a condensed Filtrate. Contrary to what some folks seem to believe, having political leaders who listen to scientists is a good thing. Maybe turning some scientists into political leaders would help, too. A Congressional race on […]

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The Filtrate for 2020.9.10

It’s another Thursday here at Turbid Plaque headquarters, time for us to take all the news that broke this week, grind it up into even smaller bits, solubilize it, and pass it through our selective barrier to deliver only the best stories to you. Welcome to The Filtrate. Counting COVID After battling a superspreader event […]

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Mastering the MeSH

When I was a graduate student at Columbia University, I had the extraordinary privilege of working in the same building as one of the world’s greatest medical research libraries. When I saw a reference to a paper I wanted to read, I could usually lay my hands on a copy of it within minutes, no […]

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Oral Presentations and the Bandwidth Illusion

Which contains more information: a five-minute video or a five-page document? As anyone who’s had to pay for excess cellular bandwidth knows, the video contains far more raw data than the text file. That doesn’t mean it has more information, though. What if the video shows someone reading a Dr. Seuss book aloud? Most of […]