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Stories by Marguerite Holloway

How Manhattan Got Its Street Grid [Excerpt]

To accommodate a fast-growing New York City, John Randel, Jr., began to lay out the city’s streets in 1808—an impressive endeavor that holds lessons for today’s information infrastructure

February 15, 2013 — Marguerite Holloway

Bigfoot Anatomy

Sasquatch is just a legend, right? According to the evidence, maybe not, argues Jeffrey Meldrum--a position he holds despite ostracism from his fellow anthropologists and university colleagues

November 19, 2007 — Marguerite Holloway

What Visions in the Dark of Light

Lene Vestergaard Hau made headlines by slowing light to below highway speed. Now the ringmaster of light can stop it, extinguish it and revive it—and thereby give quantum information a new look

September 1, 2007 — Marguerite Holloway

Graft and Host, Together Forever

Thomas E. Starzl pioneered organ transplantation with antirejection drugs--an approach he hopes to end through a phenomenon called microchimerism

January 14, 2007 — Marguerite Holloway

The Beauty of Branes

Lisa Randall's thinking on higher dimensions, warped space and membranes catalyzed ideas in cosmology and physics. It might even unify all four forces of nature

October 1, 2005 — Marguerite Holloway

When Medicine Meets Literature

Writing and humanities studies produce better physicians, Rita Charon argues, because doctors learn to coax hidden information from patients' complaints

April 25, 2005 — Marguerite Holloway

Hiking Underground

The longest cave in the world wends below Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park. Here visitors can view cave formation up close

August 23, 2004 — Marguerite Holloway

Superhot among the Ultracool

With atoms near absolute zero, Deborah S. Jin created a Fermi condensate--opening a new realm in physics that might lead to room-temperature superconductivity

August 23, 2004 — Marguerite Holloway

Stars atop a Silent Volcano

The largest astronomical observatory in the world sits on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The views, up or down, are spectacular

June 21, 2004 — Marguerite Holloway

Passport in Time

Volunteers join archaeological and historical Forest Service projects around the country, learning field techniques

February 9, 2004 — Marguerite Holloway

Talking Bacteria

Microbes seem to talk, listen and collaborate with one another--fodder for the truly paranoid. Bonnie L. Bassler has been eavesdropping and translating

February 1, 2004 — Marguerite Holloway

Friable Flowers

Glass under glass: Harvard University's unusual botanical collection

August 11, 2003 — Marguerite Holloway

The Mutable Brain

Score one for believers in the adage "Use it or lose it." Targeted mental and physical exercises seem to improve the brain in unexpected ways

September 1, 2003 — Marguerite Holloway