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Don't Just 'Get Over It'

Don't Just 'Get Over It'

11.10.2014
We often don't feel entitled to our own biological signals, which is on the list of things that piss me off. Because anger is a tool --...
Common Core and the Ebola Virus -- No More Teachable Moments

Common Core and the Ebola Virus -- No More Teachable Moments

11.10.2014
Common Core's extremely narrow focus on skill development and preparation for high-stakes assessments interferes with the ability of teachers...
'Sea Monster' Discovered In Asia Fills Gap In Evolutionary Puzzle

'Sea Monster' Discovered In Asia Fills Gap In Evolutionary Puzzle

David Freeman  11. 6.2014
The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding...
Bridging the Science Gap

Bridging the Science Gap

11. 5.2014
'The United States is lagging behind the rest of the world in science and mathematics. It is not because of a lack of raw talent. The...
How Many Rats Does New York City <em>Really</em> Have?

How Many Rats Does New York City Really Have?

David Freeman  11. 5.2014
Here's one study rat haters will love. The new study shows that--contrary to an urban legend dating back more than a century--New York...
Here's What Happens When Someone Sneezes On An Airplane

Here's What Happens When Someone Sneezes On An Airplane

Jacqueline Howard  11. 4.2014
A new computer simulation (above) shows the yucky truth about the spread of potentially infectious germs when someone sneezes on a crowded...
Why Do Dogs Have Such Short Lives?

Why Do Dogs Have Such Short Lives?

11. 3.2014
Loss of genetic diversity also shortens lifespans. In a healthy population, essentially all individuals have several defective genes, but...

What Is it Like for a Medical Student to Cut Open a Body for the First Time?

10.29.2014
I simultaneously felt awe, fear, excitement, humility, cowardice, courage, frailty, strength, embarrassment, curiosity, sorrow, and joy....
Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants

Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants

Jacqueline Howard  10.29.2014
In what's being hailed as a major medical breakthrough, surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the first-ever "dead heart" transplants--replacing...
Dead Pigs Dumped Into The Ocean... For Science!

Dead Pigs Dumped Into The Ocean... For Science!

10.28.2014
Some experiments are odder than others, but a new study conducted by researchers at Canada's Simon Fraser University in takes the cake...
The Good News & The Bad News About Beating Obesity

The Good News & The Bad News About Beating Obesity

David Freeman  10.27.2014
There's no escaping the fact that obesity raises the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other medical problems. But as obese people...
New Microscope Allows Scientists To View The World Like Never Before

New Microscope Allows Scientists To View The World Like Never Before

Jacqueline Howard  10.24.2014
You've never seen cells up-close quite like this. Developed at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a powerful new microscope can record the...
Professor Sees Major Problem With 21-Day Ebola Quarantine

Professor Sees Major Problem With 21-Day Ebola Quarantine

David Freeman  10.17.2014
Hospital workers and public health officials in the U.S. have come under fire for a series of missteps in their response to the Ebola crisis,...
Poop Pills May Offer A Better Way To Cure This Deadly Infection

Poop Pills May Offer A Better Way To Cure This Deadly Infection

David Freeman  10.14.2014
A promising new study puts a decidedly positive spin on the epithet "eat sh**." It shows that pills containing human fecal matter are...