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Science of Stem Cells09/16/14
There is much hope and enthusiasm behind stem cell therapy. However, the science still has catching up to do.
Off Drugs and on Sugar
Rehabilitation facilities are finding that patients sometimes replace narcotics with junk food.
Rice Has a Microbiome
When we talk about the microbiome, we’re usually talking about the one inside humans. It turns out there are small worlds of bacteria helping to guide the health of plants as well.
Old Moon, New Surprises
You might stare up at the supermoon tonight and think that astronomers figured out all the lunar secrets decades ago. You would be very wrong.
Giving Robots That Human Touch, How Trees Really Work, Low Carb Versus...
Robots may already think faster than we do, but they are just starting to be able to move like us; one researcher has set out to prove an 84-year-old hypothesis about how trees move nutrients around; a lower-carb, higher-fat diet may be better for you...
AIDS in South Africa, Airships Revisted, Animal Grammar
Progress against an epidemic may be in peril; a search for a cheaper way to view space is on; scientists discover a mathematical model behind animal language.
See-Through Sea Creatures, Update on Ebola, Saving Lemurs
Looking into the open ocean for animals who protect themselves by staying clear of danger; what we know about the Ebola outbreak raging through West Africa; Patricia Wright is a lemur expert who has spent decades in Madagascar protecting them.
First on Earth to See Ebola
Dr. Frederick Murphy was the first person to photograph and study Ebola up close in 1976. He reflects on disease he has come to know over the last 38 years.
Wild Dogs, Sexual Harassment in Science, Light That Alters Appetite
African wild dogs hunt in selfless packs to take down big game; a survey finds that female scientists still face sexism in the workplace; researchers use blue light to turn off hunger in mice.
Buzzing Mars, Darwin’s New Finch, Tegu Takes Florida
Comet Siding Spring closes in on Mars; Galapagos scientists watch Darwin’s finches evolve in real time; the tegu, an invasive lizard species, has found a comfortable home in the sunshine state.
Nabbing a Giant Flea, Treasure From the Deep, Tingling to Sleep
Join the hunt for the world’s largest flea; a salvage mission has retrieved historical relics and wealth from the bottom of the sea; starting to look with a scientific eye at A.S.M.R., tingling bodily sensations that some people experience after...
Psychiatric Research Revival, Second Thoughts About Consciousness,...
A family pledges one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research; why we may never have all the pieces necessary for a theory of everything; sleep apnea tests can now be taken from the comfort of your bed.
A Mysterious Organ, Virtual Reality Sickness and Practices Makes ......
Scientists begin to shed light on the placenta, an important organ that we rarely think of; virtual reality companies work out the kinks in their immersive worlds; research shows that practice may not be as important as once thought.
The Other Greenhouse Gas, Feeling Lucky in Sports, Animal Madness
Scientists argue over the importance of controlling methane emissions; why it’s a good thing that the World Cup is all about luck; what humans can learn from grieving animals.
A Ravenous Beetle, the Science of Good Fortune and Disco Clams
How tiny emerald ash borers may threaten a vast ecosystem; the psychology behind our belief in winning streaks; scientists discover the secret behind a clam’s brilliant undersea light show.
A Hospital as a Permanent Home, an Army of Ghostly Spikes and the Fate...
Inside long-term acute care hospitals, where critically ill patients may remain indefinitely; a British flood reveals archaeological treasures; scientists figure out what happened to the boundary-pushing “pseudomature” students of middle school.
A Mother’s Anguish, a History of Violent Crime and Rocks That Ring
A woman’s suicide sheds light on maternal mental illness; a vast database of trial transcripts from the Old Bailey Courthouse in London helps historians figure out when British justice shifted from brutal to civilized; researchers discover the hidden...
Cambodia’s Beating Heart, Draining Blood to Save a Patient, Witch-Hunts...
Tonle Sap, a lake that pulses through southeast Asia, could be saved by a computer model; E.R. doctors in Pittsburgh plan to treat a dying patient by replacing blood with saline; Emily Bazelon reviews “The Witch-Hunt Narrative” by Ross E. Cheit, which...
Podcast: Your Brain on Cursive, Google Glass Operation, Tattoos for...
Handwriting is being dropped in public schools — that could be bad for young minds. Google’s new hands-free computer is finding its way into operating rooms. Breast cancer survivors find the start of their new lives in a tattoo artist’s work....
Podcast: Crowd-Constructing Retinas, World Science Festival, Genetics...
Sebastian Seung wants you to help trace the connections in a mouse’s eye — a step toward understanding its brain, and ours. The World Science Festival opens in New York City this week and there’s a little something for every mind. To understand why...
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