Ever a Maverick

Certain precincts of Twitter blew up recently when Dallas Mavericks owner and television personality Mark Cuban sent out a tweet suggesting that those who could afford it should have their blood tested on a quarterly basis in order to have a baseline of their own personal health.

As this Vox article from Julia Belluz recounts, medical Twitter came down hard on Cuban's suggestion, with some like ProPublica's Charles Ornstein telling people to ignore Cuban's advice.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

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