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A lot of my time -- a lot more than writing on most days -- is spent reading. Here are a few articles I came across this week where the author said it all. So rather than providing a rewrite, here are the primary sources.

Less research is needed  (5-minute read)

“The most over-used and under-analyzed statement in the academic vocabulary is surely “more research is needed.” With those words, Trish Greenhalgh, a professor of primary care medicine and a general practitioner, begins an essay of the self-infecting role of weak research outcomes and the need for more research. 

Drugs That Boost Our Circadian Rhythms Could Save Our Lives (7-minute read)

“Every day, as if tracing the rise and fall of the sun through the firmament, concentrations of special timekeeping protein complexes surge and ebb inside nearly every cell in your body, in a sinusoidal curve that repeats itself every 24 hours. These proteins predictably bind and release your DNA, flipping thousands of genes on and off in synchronized choreography. They dictate more than just your sleep patterns.” Megan Molteni, writing for Wired, reports on advances in chronobiology, the time patterns of our “omics.”

Atomic Tattoos (Article 5-minute read, Podcast 37 minutes)

I am of an age that remembers drills in elementary school to “duck and cover,” get under our desk because of a nuclear weapon being denotated. You have got to be kidding! But as it turns out, that advice was based on the findings of survivors of Hiroshima and is pretty practical. Think about this while you're watching HBO’s Chernobyl. Source, the always informative, 99%, “about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.”