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Why won’t lung cancer screening take off?

By Jeff Alpert

Lung cancer remains the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among both men […]

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Is science a popularity contest?

By Gustavo Starvaggi França

During a 1964 lecture at Cornell University, Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate in […]

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