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Sleepless in Shanghai

By Andrea Jones-Rooy

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Black Hole, Red Sea: A Love Story

By Sophia Domokos

We finally visit your parents after two years in the States. It’s […]

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This Scientific Life

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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.