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Fertile Ground: The Long-Neglected Science of Female Reproductive Health
Public Health

Fertile Ground: The Long-Neglected Science of Female Reproductive Health

When the discussion of reproductive health is dominated by the political will to control it, gaps in medical research get overshadowed

By Clara Moskowitz and Jen Schwartz
What Is the Point of a Period?
The Body

What Is the Point of a Period?

Age-old taboos against menstruation have led to a lack of research on how women's cycles work, with serious consequences for their health

By Virginia Sole-Smith
Why Are Girls Getting Their Periods So Young?
The Body

Why Are Girls Getting Their Periods So Young?

Female puberty is starting earlier and earlier, with worrying consequences for women’s health

By Virginia Sole-Smith
Why Women--and Men--Need Better Birth Control
Public Health

Why Women--and Men--Need Better Birth Control

The IUD is held up as the gold standard of contraception. That says a lot about the slothful pace of innovation

By Maya Dusenbery
To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them
Policy & Ethics

To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them

Two-thirds of all U.S. maternal deaths are considered preventable. Racism—not race—is a critical factor

By Monica R. McLemore
Pausing Fertility: What Will Happen When the Eggs Thaw?
Medical & Biotech

Pausing Fertility: What Will Happen When the Eggs Thaw?

Technical advances are driving a boom in egg freezing, which promises to let women put off pregnancy indefinitely. But will the science live up to the hype?

By Liza Mundy
Machine Learning Gets a Bit More Humanlike
Computing

Machine Learning Gets a Bit More Humanlike

How machines could learn creativity and common sense, among other human qualities

By George Musser
The Roots of Human Aggression
Neuroscience

The Roots of Human Aggression

Experiments in humans and animals have started to identify how violent behaviors begin in the brain

By R. Douglas Fields
New Fuels Could Make Nuclear Reactors Safer and More Efficient
Energy

New Fuels Could Make Nuclear Reactors Safer and More Efficient

Advanced fuels could improve the safety and economics of nuclear power plants

By Rod McCullum
Animals Use Brain Tricks to See in the Dark
Evolution

Animals Use Brain Tricks to See in the Dark

Many animals once thought to have poor sight in low light use tricks in their nervous systems to see brilliantly in the dark

By Amber Dance

Online Exclusives

Animal Cameras
Automotive

Animal Cameras

For self-driving cars, Toyota tries cameras inspired by creatures with great night vision

By Amber Dance

Departments

  • From the Editor

    Unhealthful Data Gaps

  • Letters

    Readers Respond to the January 2019 Issue

  • Advances

    New York Is Building "Living" Wave Barriers to Prepare for the Next Superstorm  

  • Beer and Wine Contain Traces of Metal Contaminants from Filtration Process

  • Brain Activity Decoded to Produce Intelligible, Synthesized Speech

  • Geologists Solve Mystery of Nepal's "Earthquake Gap"

  • AI Tool Could Help Diagnose Alzheimer's

  • Salmon Slime Helps Scientists Count Migrating Fish

  • In Case You Missed It

  • Doglike Robots Learn New Tricks

  • Cuttlefish Are Dazzling, But Do They Dream?

  • Forum

    Having Cancer Is Bad. Having Cancer When You're Poor Is Worse

  • The Science of Health

    The Sleep-Dementia Connection

  • The Science Agenda

    Investors Start to Force Companies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

  • Recommended

    Humanity's Golden Record, Bubonic Plague in the U.S., and Other New Science Books

  • Anti Gravity

    A Loaded Gun Can Be Dangerous Even If Only a Dog Is Near the Trigger

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    Mining Silver from the Atomic Bomb; The Perennial Baby-Walker

  • Graphic Science

    Government Attempts to Silence Science Are Revealed in Detail

  • The Intersection

    Tracking Your Steps and Other Behaviors Isn't Always the Greatest Idea

  • Ventures

    How to Get Away from Facebook's "Emotion Pump"

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