Re: What impact does your writing have?
Calvin Trillin's response is, as usual, amusing. Also wrong. What propels the best of our journalists is the notion that their writing will have an impact. And the history of American journalism demonstrates that while it has regularly committed all of the wrongs that continue to this day -- bias, self-interest, superficiality, cowardice and laziness -- it also has exerted immense impact for good. For the evidence, read Judith and William Serrin's introduction to their 2002 book, "The Muckrakers: The Journalism That Changed America." Let me furnish an excerpt: "The chance to make a difference has historically been, and continues to be, one of the attractions that draws people into journalism..All good journalists have agendas. They wish to put the crooked sheriff in jail. They wish to unveil the patent medicine fraud. They wish to free the innocent man from jail...The driving force of unobjectivity is not mentioned in journalism schools or newsrooms but it is the truth."
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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