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Lessons from Smallpox Guide Polio Endgame

The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio. With only 223 wild poliovirus cases in five countries in 2012, the paralytic disease has been knocked down to just a handful of small reservoirs...

April 22, 2013 — Larry Brilliant and William Foege

Happy Earth Day!

Taking care of the only habitable planet we've got for the foreseeable future seems like an excellent idea. I'm with The Tick: "You can't destroy the Earth!

April 22, 2013 — Dana Hunter

To Calm a Rat with Tickling

"for here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling"-Twelfth Night Generally, I don't think of being tickled as a particularly pleasurable or calming activity.

April 22, 2013 — Scicurious

An-Ti-Ci-Pa-Tion: The Physics of Dripping Honey

Forget Big Questions like dark matter, dark energy, supersymmetry, and the quest for a grand unified theory for a moment — what we really need physicists to focus on is the mystery of why strands of sweet, sticky honey can get so long and thin as they drip without actually breaking...

April 21, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Chimps in Uganda: Uganda s Other Great Apes

Recently, a dear friend came to visit us here in Uganda, so we decided to take the opportunity to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to one of the world’s only two populations of mountain gorillas ( Gorilla berengei berengei )...

April 21, 2013 — Maureen McCarthy

Neuroscience in Fiction: Still Alice , by Lisa Genova

Ed. note: A previous version of this post appeared on Sleights of Mind. “ Everything she did and love , everything she was , required language .”― Lisa Genova, Still Alice Harvard-trained neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova couldn’t get agents or publishers interested in her debut novel Still Alice ...

April 21, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Lab Rat has a baby on board!

It has been a while since I've last posted. Usually I try not to give excuses for lateness, but this time I do have a very good one.I'm currently 15 and a half weeks pregnant!In the UK there is a fairly good and well thought-out system to make sure pregnant women get all the necessary checks and scans...

April 20, 2013 — S.E. Gould

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