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Stories by 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

Malarial Mice Smell Better to Mosquitoes

Mice infected with the parasites that cause their type of malaria produce odorous compounds that attract mosquitoes, increasing the odds that the parasites will be spread to the next victims

July 1, 2014 — Karen Hopkin
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