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AIDS in South Africa, Airships Revisted, Animal Grammar08/26/14
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...
Podcast: Memory Champs, Lessons of a Deadly Virus, Making Something Go...
Scientists are learning that among memory competitors, a key to remembering to knowing how to forget. An image of H.I.V. stirs one writer to remember a pastor’s evolutionary thought, published 50 years before the “Origin of Species.” Why do we share...
Searching for Other Earths, Spiders With Personality
Geoff Marcy is an exoplanet hunter who looks at the billions of planets we now understand to be circling other stars and sees a near cosmic guarantee of intelligent life. Spiders in the Kalahari desert develop personalities that are affected by their...
Podcast: Chernobyl’s Radioactive Forest, Advanced Placement Boot Camp,...
Stroll through irradiated woods near the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster; in Pittsburgh, a school tries to raise the number of its students who pass/get college credit on A.P. science tests by 80 percent; some babies develop misshapen heads,...
Podcast: The Origin of Genes, an Antibiotic Overload, Roommate Math
Genes make you...you. But where do they come from? Antibiotics save lives, but their overuse is evolving supergerms and could be changing our bodies. Who pays what rent for which room? Just use this handy calculator and never fight at the end of the...
A Controlling Light Inside the Brain, Diet Doesn’t Matter to Cancer
Optogenetics allows the use of light to switch specific brain activity on and off — so what does that tell us? A new look at the effect of nutrition on cancer suggests there’s not much effect at all.
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