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Coffee Stains

By Sarah Albritton

I hate smelling like coffee. You probably do too if you think […]

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Diseases of the Will

The Defatigaire

By Marie Sweet

In her grad school entrance interview, this young scientist will appear bright, […]

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When Planets Go Rogue

Criseyda Martinez goes on an intragalactic field trip.

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That Special Feeling… Is More Complicated Than You Think

Aaron Katzman gets in touch with his (and everyone else's) emotions.

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Molecular Machinations

The new age of genetic testing is long on information, Evelyn Litwinoff finds, but still short on knowledge.

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The Power of Palindromes

The powerful new technology known as CRISPR lets researchers edit the book of life. Rhea Datta champions its medical and agricultural uses, but wonders if we can trust science and business to act in humanity’s best interests.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Death

What will your family do with you when you die? "Modern Death" gives Anastasia-Maria Zavitsanou a new perspective.

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When America Met Darwin

Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" arrived in an America poised for civil war. Angelika Manhart explores its impact.

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Wee Are Family

A microbial history of the world enchants Margret Veltman.

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The Theater of Healing

Diane Lye tussles with the science--and theatrics--of Suggestible You, a history of the placebo effect

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The City, Deconstructed

From skyscrapers to subways, Diego Reinero revels in the nuts and bolts of urban physics

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Matisse and the Snail

Can neuroscience explain a painting? Marie Sweet ponders the gap between art and neurons

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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.