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Stories by Kathleen Raven

Dogs Sniff Out Clues to Cancer

Dogs play a crucial role in human cancer research. More young scientists and physicians should know this, says Floryne O. Buishand, a Young Scientist at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting...

July 3, 2014 — Kathleen Raven
What Is Success?

What Is Success?

"Goodbye don't mean gone." – attributed to Ray Charles "Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them." – Flannery O'Connor When New York calls, you listen, you go...

March 13, 2014 — Kathleen Raven
Still-Life Food Is So 21st Century

Still-Life Food Is So 21st Century

In his Haarlem studio, Dutch painter Willem Claeszoon Heda took care to shadow in creases on a damask tablecloth and added enough yellow to make light bounce off a pewter pitcher.

February 26, 2014 — Kathleen Raven
Biased But Necessary: Single Case Studies

Biased But Necessary: Single Case Studies

Like a kid who skips the copyright information that precede iPad games, I go straight to the clinical cases in the New England Journal of Medicine whenever I get my hands on a copy.

October 30, 2013 — Kathleen Raven
The other selfie: a single case study experiment on “clean eating”

The other selfie: a single case study experiment on “clean eating”

Since I began routinely reading Scientific American comments online and in the magazine’s letters to the editor, I’ve encountered a recurring theme: Readers lament that the celebrated publication isn’t as scientific as it once was in the fifties or the nineties (depending on who is writing)...

October 1, 2013 — Kathleen Raven
Conservation Tillage – A brief instructional video

Conservation Tillage – A brief instructional video

For one year, my Ecology major professor and I met during each of the seasons at his teaching farm and lab, Spring Valley EcoFarms, to record another crucial step of the conservation tillage process...

September 27, 2013 — Kathleen Raven
Tannosomes and the trickle-around effect: a new cell organelle is discovered

Tannosomes and the trickle-around effect

Last week, when French researchers unveiled a newly discovered plant organelle related to wine and tea, I waited for frenetic coverage. And waited.

September 20, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Empathy as a choice

The following is a parable grounded in science with an aim toward Socratic questioning. It’s dinnertime somewhere. A kid pushes a small pile of sautéed broccoli to the plate’s edge and sighs wistfully...

September 3, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Energy storage, rare metals and the next ice age

The holy grail of energy storage may lie in chemical bonds, but a process for making this happen remains unknown. All of the Nobel Laureates who weighed in Wednesday on a chemical energy conversion panel agreed on this much.“Replacement of liquid fossil fuels is still in far reach,” said moderator Wolfgang Lubitz, director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy and Conversion...

July 4, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Imaging the near invisible with TEM: a master class

Though nanometer-level imaging has come far with transmission electron microscopy, Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman (Nobel Prize 2011, Chemistry) warned his master class audience on Tuesday that today’s images will seem primitive a few years in the future...

July 3, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Chemistry and physics: one needs the other

“Quantum theory has opened to us the microscopic world of particles, atoms and photons,” explained Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche, who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics with David Wineland...

July 1, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Cataloguing the Impact of Lindau Meetings

Prestigious achievements like the Nobel Prize create powerful networks. Within these networks, scientists share ideas, researchers collaborate with resources and writers cover stories.

June 26, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Staten Island's "Bluebelt" Doesn't Fight Superstorms, but Plays Crucial Role in Managing Excess Rainfall

During an eerily foreshadowing talk I attended the week before Sandy came crashing ashore, New York City’s climate resilience advisor, Leah Cohen, assured the small attending audience that PlaNYC 2030, a tentative map for the city’s sustainable growth, outlined no such plans to “buy back” developed areas in the city—even those dangerously close to the water’s edge...

November 9, 2012 — Kathleen Raven
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