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By Megan Elder

I woke in the early hours of December 14th, 2009, to the […]

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Our Future Behind A Mask

By Benjamin Pope

I’m holding my breath. At the grocery cashier or when passing someone […]

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The Ultimate Scam

Cicely Shillingford is enthralled by this expose of one of the biggest swindles in recent memory

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Human Revolution

Angelika Manhart marvels at the powerhouse crew of mostly female anthropologists who turned their field upside down

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Geometry And How We See The World

Jingyang Zhou discovers the fascinating ways that and old mathematical system altered the way we perceive

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Pandemic Survival Tips From The 1700s

On Friday, April 10, 2020, Daniel Defoe’s almost-300-year-old A Journal of the […]

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A Guide To The Ultimate Staycation

Rewatee Gokhale was in for an adventure with Bill Bryson's latest ultra-local travel guide

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The Testosterone Myth

Mary Rossillo learns about the dark politics around testosterone in this unsettling new book

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How Your Brain Makes Meaning

When neuroscientist György Buzsáki was in middle school in Hungary, he strung […]

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Who is to blame for climate change denial?

Philosopher Robert Crease explores the scientific process and its unintended consequences

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The Secret to Better Medical Care? Be A Man

Maya Dusenbery's new book makes Karen Kwon rethink how the healthcare system treats her

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Our contributors hail from all over the sciences — and all over the world. We’ll share what brought us to science, why we stay, and what makes us (occasionally) want to run away. There will be eureka moments, scientific screw-ups, advice to youngsters, peers, and elders, as well as whimsical stories about space exploration, fruit fly cognition, and how a neuron can live its best life.

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(Excerpt from “Advice for a Modern Investigator”, chapter 5. ) The most […]

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