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Embryology

How to Tame Wild Sperm

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 06.30.2012 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I whacked sperm the other day. In a scientific sort of way. I was in an embryology lab using a microscope to spot them and a skinny pipette to bop them on their heads. My job: to stop a few sperm in their tracks as if I were a real embryologist capturing one and cramming it into an egg.

What Scientists Can Learn From Ballet

Sylvie Leotin | Posted 04.29.2012 | Science
Sylvie Leotin

Scientists attending a dance performance will undoubtedly relate to the physicality and geometry of dance. The movement through time, the geometry of interactions, the symmetry of the lines, the balance of the bodies. All these have parallels in the physical interactions that occur in every science, from astronomy and physics, to chemistry and biology.

Hubris and the Tree of Life

Joseph LeDoux | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Joseph LeDoux

We are part of a process, not its goal or final state. Just a branch point, a distal twig, on a continuously branching limb of the tree of life. Some may feel this perspective diminishes us. I don't.

I Feel Your Pain Even When You Can't: Another Assault on a Woman's Right to Choose

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Let us stop the charade. Pain is not a viable measure to determine when an abortion is acceptable.