Sunday soundbites: Happy Boxing Day!

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Here is an article I wish I'd written: links between the disease semantic dementia and the insomniac memory loss in Gabriel Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude.

PLoS ONE publishes a study flying in the face of placebo theory showing that patients aware of placebo treatment still show a placebo effect. Study is here, and skeptical analysis found here and here.

Andrew Gelman has a great analysis of why summary plots don't show the whole story.

Nature shows the value of networking in science.

Counting calories? You can blame Lavoisier for first understanding the body as a combustion engine, according to Nature's history of nutrition information.

The journal Biology Letters published this paper by a group of 8th graders. It will be freely available online until the New Year.

How much are those Nature papers really worth? A new study examines citation rates of Nature and Psychological Review.

Bad Science has a great "Year in Nonsense" article for the cynical.

Have some fun doing recreational probability with Understanding Uncertainty.

The science of a good first impression, over at Pop Economics.