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New Boston Globe Blog Has ‘Science In Mind’

The Boston Globe building (EMW/Wikimedia Commons)

Congratulations, Carolyn! And congratulations to all the other Carolyn Johnson fans out there, who share my high opinion of her deeply original reporting, elegantly written, in the Boston Globe: We’ll now be treated regularly to more of her talent, in a new Globe science blog called Science In Mind.

Also, congratulations to the Globe for adding a bit of science coverage after a years-long downward trend that has involved slashing the science staff (including yours truly), dropping the widely beloved Health/Science section and generally shortchanging the vibrant, brilliant research community that is one of Boston’s crowning glories. (Bitter, moi? Truly, not about my own happy fate; just frustrated by all the great science stories out there that could be written but are not.)

Science In Mind can be found here on (it’s a little hard to find from the homepage, unless you notice that tiny little promo at the right above.) As of now, it already has its first four posts, including one I found particularly interesting: Twitter and Google data suggest migraines peak during the work week.

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Globe reporter Carolyn Johnson at work on a story about bear-tagging (Photo: Mark Wilson)


Scientists have found yet another reason to be glad it’s Friday. A new study found that the feeling we all have from time to time—that the work week gives us a headache—might not be all in our minds.

Sparked by curiosity about what online behavior could tell them about pain, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School probed search engine queries and Twitter posts that mentioned “migraine” or “headache.” What they found, in a study published online in the journal Cephalalgia, is that headache mentions peaked on weekdays, hitting their high early in the week and receding on Fridays.

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