Better than Average Links – Week of Jan 8, 2012

  • What exactly makes a crank a crank? Novella investigates.
  • While we’re on the Good Doctor, he also covers the recently announced Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize from the point of view of a working medical man.
  • India is celebrating a year without any new cases of polio. The Gates Foundation has a nice infographic of the progress in eliminating it (to join smallpox and rinderpest).
  • Of Particular Significance has begun a series of articles on the popular topic of extra dimensions in nature.
  • Human civilization might be on the cusp of… no longer bothering with leap seconds.
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