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Stories by Carina Storrs

Are courtrooms and toxic torts the new side of public health?

NEW YORK—The inspiring story of Erin Brockovich's legal battle with Pacific Gas and Electric Company for contaminating drinking water ended with a $333-million settlement to families in Hinkley, Calif., exposed to the company's hexavalent chromium waste, not to mention blockbuster acclaim for Brockovitch...

January 28, 2010 — Carina Storrs

Little girls are made of sugar and spice, and learn that math is not nice

One of the first lessons that girls often learn in elementary school is that boys are better at math.

Although this incorrect lesson is certainly not part of the curriculum, first- and second-grade teachers, who are predominately female and math-averse, communicate that math is not their strong suit to some female students, according to a study published January 25 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...

January 25, 2010 — Carina Storrs

Best in show: Scientists pursue selected gene mutations bred into dogs

When humans started to domesticate dogs around 14,000 years ago, they unknowingly embarked on a genetics experiment that is still going on today. Although domesticated canines were probably first kept around the home because they made good watchdogs, humans have selected breeds in the past few hundred years to have an encyclopedia of exaggerated traits, from flat faces to stubby legs or wrinkly skin...

January 12, 2010 — Carina Storrs
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