In 12 minutes, a landslide, tsunami, and flood devastated a valley in Canada. Plus: want to get out alive? Follow the ants; Behind the Scenes with physician Rahul Parikh; and more.
[View in browser]( | [Become a member]( EDITORSâ CHOICE Newsletter brought to you by: January 22, 2023 Did a friend forward this? [Subscribe here](. Good Morning! Start your Sunday with some of the latest and most popular stories from Nautilusâthen go Behind the Scenes with physician [Rahul Parikh]( below [READ NAUTILUS]( [ARTS]( [Encouraging Conservation Through Communication]( Two Jackson Wild fellows on what we can learn from the birds. BY MARY ELLEN HANNIBAL The Jackson Wild Media Lab offers a fellowship each year to media creators to hone their skills in furthering science and conservation communication. [Continue reading â]( Experience the endless possibilities and deep human connections that science offers [SUBSCRIBE TODAY]( [Intelligent Security for Clever Canines]( Your dog is smart! But you already knew that. She also has a [general intelligence factor](, or g, just like you. 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BY PHILIP BALL [Continue reading â]( [PSYCHOLOGY]( [Want to Get Out Alive? Follow the Ants]( Ants show that emergency exits can work better when theyâre obstructed. BY CONOR MYHRVOLD [Continue reading â]( [BEHIND THE SCENES]( [Rahul Parikh Takes Us Behind âWhy Reading Your Doctorâs Notes Can Be Painfulâ]( Not long ago, a mother asked Rahul Parikh, a pediatrician, to run some tests on her child, Parikhâs patient. âIntellectually and clinically and scientifically, I knew that doing those tests had no value whatsoever, but she wasnât going to take no for an answer,â Parikh told me in [our recent conversation](. âShe was what I would call âinsistent.ââ Itâs not uncommon for doctors in these situations to pass that information on to their colleagues who might be seeing the same patient. They might write in the patientâs electronic health record, âPatient insists that this test be done.â (The parent of the patient, in this case.) But was that the best way to characterize the motherâs request? Starting to write, âPatient insistsâ¦,â Parikh caught himself, knowing that, after the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act, sheâd be able to see her childâs patient notes and read what Parikh had said about her. Would it be more appropriate, he thought, to say sheâs uncomfortable and worried? âThis rule pushed me in that moment to put myself in her shoes in a way that I hadnât before,â Parikh said. âAnd thatâs beneficial, but it also requires stopping and rethinking how I write notes, and tuning to a new audienceâa patient, a consumer.â That reflection prompted him to write his [recent story](, âWhy Reading Your Doctorâs Notes Can Be Painful.â Not every doctor will have that sort of second thought, and amend their words to something more patient-friendly. Using âinsists,â Parikh said, âmay have made her look unfairly stubborn or obstinate, and may have stigmatized her as being a âdemanding patient.ââ If the mother of his patient decided to look at what Parikh had written about the visit, she may well have been stung by the remark. We also discussed, among other things, whether patients know that they can look at their notes. I asked Parikh if medical centers are taking any steps to raise patientsâ awareness about this fact. âI donât think healthcare systems, doctorsâ offices, have gone so far as to put big signs that say, âHey, you can now read your notes online. Go here to do it,ââ he said. âThereâs an interesting sub-story here about [what we think patients want](, and what they really do or donât want, thatâs driven in part by some of the advocacy around thisâthe strong sense among a group of dedicated people who really feel like this is going to be the right thing to do: open notes. If you ask people if they want it, theyâll probably say yes. But the question is: Will they actually take advantage of it once itâs there? Iâm not sure where the ballâs going to land here, but it may be that even if we were to advertise it, or make it very visible to patients, that they may not be as interested as we think they are.â [Watch here](. âBrian Gallagher, associate editor [Start Fresh With Science]( Welcome new memories and new hobbies this Lunar New Year with [MEL Science.]( Subscribe today and get a free science set with code LUNAR. [Claim Your Gift]( More in Arts [What Happens When Icebergs Collide With Art]( From DJ Spooky to Herman Melville, artists illuminate the sublime, increasingly transient nature of our planetâs icebergs. BY MARISSA GRUNES [Continue reading â]( [Is AI Art Really Art?]( What it will mean to be moved by an AIâs mindless creativity. BY ED SIMON [Continue reading â]( P.S. Can games improve research? 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