An unprecedented five consecutive years of stagnant funding for the National Institutes of Health is putting America at risk - a few prominent research institutions get together to voice their concern over flat funding of the National Institutes of Health over the past 5 years, in their report The Broken Pipeline (pdf). Bloggers comment [1, 2, 3].
Do You Taste What I Taste? - The first of Slate's 3-part series on the physiology of taste [parts 2, 3]
Dictionary of Disorder - shaping the DSM
Obesity and Diabetes - another free supplement by Nature
Journal of Visualized Experiments is an online research journal for publishing visualized (video-based) biological experiments
Psychiatry by Prescription - Do psychotropic drugs blur the boundaries between illness and health?
The Human Speechome Project - "A baby is to be monitored by a network of microphones and video cameras for 14 hours a day, 365 days a year, in an effort to unravel the seemingly miraculous process by which children acquire language.". Selected video clips. Paper (PDF, 750KB). To test hypotheses of how children learn, Prof Deb Roy's team at MIT will develop machine learning systems that “step into the shoes” of his son by processing the sights and sounds of three years of life at home. Total storage required: 1.4 petabytes.
Nature has a somewhat technical but free supplement on stem cells (alongwith a podcast and related blog).
Living with half a brain - hemispherectomy, probably the most radical procedure in neurosurgery
Nature has a somewhat technical but free supplement on sleep
The Inequality Taboo - Charles Murray defends his ideas, published in the controversial book The Bell Curve.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Biointeractive - a nifty biology instruction site.
Genesis. "Life" from inorganic mixture. Full PDF paper : Spontaneous Formation of Cellular Chemical System that Sustains Itself far from Thermodynamic Equilibrium.