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Stories by Karen Hopkin

Pasta Problem Cracked!

An intrepid undergrad led the way to understanding the physics of snapping strands of spaghetti.

September 4, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

A Litmus Test for Bad Breath

Researchers engineered a portable device that detects even the tiniest trace of hydrogen sulfide—one of the primary offenders in bad breath. Karen Hopkin reports. 

June 13, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

U.S. Flu Spread Counts On Southern Cold Snaps

A multifactorial analysis finds that the ignition of a flu epidemic stems from a blast of colder weather striking an otherwise warm, humid, urban environment, and driving people indoors into close quarters.  

March 21, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

Some Lichen Fungi Let Genes Go Bye

A study of 22 different types of lichens revealed 10 included fungi that had lost a gene for energy production, making them completely dependent on their algal partner.  

March 1, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

Mosquitoes Learn the Smell of Danger

The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports.

February 22, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

Pain and Weather Fail to Connect

A big data analysis involving more than 1.5 million patients could find no relationship between weather and complaints to doctors about joint or back pain.  

December 23, 2017 — Karen Hopkin

Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial