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Achenblog: November 6, 2005 - November 12, 2005

The Double Helix, and Other Stuff

   Somehow I'm just now getting around to reading "The Double Helix," the classic scientific memoir of James D. Watson. It hooks you from the very first line of Chapter One -- "I have never seen Francis Crick in a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 11, 2005; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Premature Christmas Decorations at Starbucks

    Starbucks put up their Christmas decorations this morning. Excuse me: Isn't it still the middle of Autumn? Hiking season? Aren't people just now getting starting to rake leaves? Don't we still have that big Thanksgiving foofaraw to deal...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 10, 2005; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
 
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Dems Show Pulse; PA Voters Jettison I.D. Backers

   [The Achenblog is rather quiescent due to deadline factors. Nonetheless a brief post.]    How do we interpret the Democratic tide in Northern Virginia? We argue, with a reckless mixing of metaphors, that it could be the canary in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 9, 2005; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Palm Trees Growing in Greenland

   I look at a lot of science press releases, just trying to keep abreast of the triumphs of the human mind and the total failure of the human will -- of the rapid destruction of the natural environment even...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 8, 2005; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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Newspaper Circulation Falling Off a Cliff

    The new circulation numbers, long-awaited, long-dreaded, are out this morning. From Editor & Publisher:     "The San Francisco Chronicle's daily circ is down 16.5% to 400,906 copies, a huge drop. The Los Angeles Times is down about...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 7, 2005; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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