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Extracellular recording

By Andrew Zaharia

It’s hard to describe the first time you feel something (and I […]

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Signs The Semester Is Ending (Faculty Edition)

By Sophia Domokos

1. Every single one of your pens has run out of ink. […]

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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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How Your Brain Makes Meaning

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

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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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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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Monocultured

“Hello, world!” says the computer. In white text on a black screen, […]

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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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Is Immortality All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Vanessa Kellner takes a fascinating peek into the science of aging -- but doesn't find the secret to eternal life

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Roach Love

Huayi Wei learns to appreciate insects ... but love them? She's not so sure

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Logic For Life

Jay Wadekar learns about a fresh take on using formal logic in the real world in Eugenia Cheng's book

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Navigating The Minds of Animals

Tim Currier learns about animals' astonishing navigational abilities, and soon discovers that the scientists who study them are just as interesting

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By Pascal Wallisch

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

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