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A Hallowe’en science book recommendation for kids.

A Hallowe’en science book recommendation for kids.

Sure, younger kids may think the real point of Hallowe’en in the candy or the costumes. But they’re likely to notice some of the scarier motifs that pop up in the decorations, and this presents as unexpected opportunity for some learning...

October 30, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

CDC Launches Ebola Response Team

In the two days since the second U.S. Ebola patient was diagnosed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a new team to battle the threat of Ebola.

October 14, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Plenty of Pheromones in the Sea

As we sat in my car outside a silent movie theater in Los Angeles, my friend anxiously opened a plastic bag containing a white T-shirt she’d slept in for the past three nights.

December 6, 2013 — Julia Calderone

Nasty Mosquito-Borne Virus, Now in Puerto Rico, Expanding its Reach

It's summertime so when the weather is fine many of us head outdoors. But there lurk mosquitoes, an all-too-familiar menace.  What's more, a wave of mosquito-borne tropical disease that first appeared in the Western Hemisphere in late 2013 has now spread across the Caribbean, stoking concerns about a debut in the continental U.S...

June 18, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
There Are Plenty of Octopuses In the Sea—Or Are There?

There Are Plenty of Octopuses In the Sea—Or Are There?

First a moment to celebrate Octopus Chronicles‘ 100th post! Little could I have imagined when I started this blog in November 2011 that there would be so much amazing octopus research to cover—and so many wonderful readers...

December 27, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Brainy Watson Computer to Tackle Cancer and Other Medical Research

Brainy Watson Computer to Tackle Cancer and Other Medical Research

After vanquishing humans on Jeopardy!, IBM says its Watson computer is ready to help save human lives. The company on Thursday announced it has created a new business unit specifically to advance Watson and deliver its artificially intelligent wisdom to research organizations, medical institutions and businesses so that they can process big data” for detailed [...]..

January 9, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
What Ultramarathons Do to the Body

What Ultramarathons Do to the Body

Its hard for many people to imagine running (or walking) a standard marathon of 26.2 miles, let alone topping that distance with a so-called ultramarathon that could stretch to as much as 100 miles or more...

January 8, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

A Simple Way to Slash Unnecessary Drug Prescriptions

Treating the sniffles or a common cold with drugs is ineffective and unnecessary, yet too often patients are leaving their doctors appointments with a prescription in hand, helping to fuel the epidemic of antibiotic resistance...

January 27, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

In the Star Trek universe, handheld medical tricorders became standard issue for Starfleet vessels as early as the mid-22nd century. Here in a little place we like to call “reality,” a competition seeks to help deliver such all-in-one health analyzers at least 100 years ahead of schedule...

November 4, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed

Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed

For the past 6 years, Science magazine and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, have challenged researchers to explain their doctoral research through interpretive dance...

November 25, 2013 — Julianne Chiaet
Breaking Food Down

Breaking Food Down

What is food? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary entry says “Something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.” How beautiful. That statement captures much of the emotion and feeling surrounding food, yet it’s only part of the full definition...

September 4, 2013 — See Arr Oh
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