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Your Next Vacation: Quarantine on Grosse le

Grosse Ile is a place defined by disease. The two-mile long island is in the St. Lawrence River off the coast of Quebec, Canada. It functioned for over one hundred years as a quarantine station for victims of major infectious diseases.

February 4, 2013 — Caitlin Contag

Yet Another Harrowing Story of White Collar Addiction

Yesterday, Alan Schwarz, reporting for the Sunday edition of The New York Times , published an alarmist piece on Adderall abuse.  The story chronicles the short life of Richard Fee, a popular young pre-med who, after dabbling in fast-acting stimulants in college, faked his way into an ADHD diagnosis and, within months of filling his first prescription, began heavily abusing the drug, leading to severe addiction and psychosis, and ultimately to his suicide, two years ago, at the age of twenty-four.

February 4, 2013 — melody

Kermadec Trench: A Turn for the Worse

Seafarers have a strange way of describing things sometimes. For example, 1st officer Steve described today as being a “funny old day” and Captain Lindsey described the weather as “freshening.” This translates to being an absolute disaster of a day, mostly due to the fact the weather turned absolutely terrible.At first light we brought in the hadal-lander in a swell and wind that was really pushing us to the limit.

February 4, 2013 — Alan Jamieson

How the sharksucker got its suction disc

The head of a 26.7 mm remora, or sharksucker, with its strange suction disc. Credit: Dave Johnson "The lazy remora's inhaling lips | Hung on the keel, retard the struggling ships" - Erasmus Darwin, 1830Remoras, or sharksuckers, are a family of eight species of tropical fish that for more than a millennium have inspired a mythology that is almost stranger than those odd little hats they've got on.

February 4, 2013 — Becky Crew

The End-of-Science Bandwagon Is Getting Crowded

I'm getting worried, again, about the future of "pure science," which seeks knowledge for its own sake rather than for practical applications, like thermonuclear bombs and erectile-dysfunction treatments.

February 4, 2013 — John Horgan

Crocodiles attack elephants

Way back in November 2010 a remarkable photo appeared online, showing an adult Nile crocodile Crocodylus niloticus biting the trunk of an adult female African bush elephant Loxodonta africana (a plague upon those bloggers and others who identified the crocodylian as an...

February 4, 2013 — Darren Naish

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