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Stories by Karen Hopkin

To Walk, You Have to Fall in Step

Motion-capture technology reveals that the body falls forward and sideways as we walk, and the feet come down to restore balance. Karen Hopkin reports

October 9, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Reindeer Spit Smacks Down Plant Toxins

Compounds in reindeer and moose saliva interfere with the production of toxins in plants that ordinarily stop animals from dining on the vegetation. Karen Hopkin reports


October 3, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Sea Garbage Shows Ocean Boundaries

Floating refuse reveals ocean currents that in turn show where the world's oceans mix and where they stay relatively discrete. Karen Hopkin reports


September 30, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Yeast Coaxed to Make Morphine

Genetically manipulated yeast can produce morphine that could help get around the problems with poppy crops, which include climate, disease and war. Karen Hopkin reports


September 29, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Finally, an Algorithm to Sort Your Beatles Albums

By analyzing the evolving structure of the Beatles’ music, the computer program was able to correctly place the Fab Four’s albums in chronological order. Karen Hopkin reports...

August 22, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Nose Knows What the Mind Tells It

When people with asthma think they’re smelling something noxious, their airways become inflamed—even when the odor is harmless. Karen Hopkin reports

August 18, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Education Level Linked to Nearsightedness

In a German study, half of those with a university degree were myopic compared with less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. Karen Hopkin reports 


July 21, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Bacterial Balancing Act

Bacterial Balancing Act

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