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Diseases of the Will

Developmental Diseases of the Common Graduate Student

By Erik Lee Nylen

At a Friday happy hour in the Lower East Side, Jack, in […]

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Perfect Storm

By Aditi Nadkarni

Disclaimer: The story, names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this account are […]

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Latest Book Reviews

So Successful It Hurts

Nicholas DelRose embraces inner turmoil in Charles Mann’s new book.

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Moving Past Destiny

In the Book of Life, Kostas Kampourakis argues, DNA isn’t the whole story

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A Public Health Paladin

Alice Fok admires William Foege’s battles against pathogens—and politicians

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Green on a Mission

Plants can’t speak for themselves, but Marie Crouzevialle finds that Carlos Magdalena is a worthy surrogate

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On Our Best Behavior? Not!

Oliver Vikbladh delights in this history from the bad boy of econ... and how it's affecting everything from decision making to neuroscience

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Hey, Good Looking!

Does beauty have biological meaning? Neuroscientist Alessio Travaglia considers Darwin’s forgotten theory

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Into The Coding Room

Francisca Gil admires a clear-eyed view of coders—and the world they have wrought

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A Last Meander

Rhea Datta savors a collection of essays by Oliver Sacks, as he pays final homage to his scientific touchstones

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On the Good Ship Enlightenment

Sophia Domokos finds much to praise in Steven Pinker's paean to progress, but also some leaks in the vessel

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Tentacles of a Death Foretold

Are jellyfish the ocean’s 'canaries in a coal mine?’ Emily North sees concerning parallels

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This Scientific Life

Illustration by Angelika Manhart

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.