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Newer Docs Might Be Driving Up Health Care Costs

Health care spending increases have slowed over the past couple years. Still, we are spending some $2.6 trillion—that's trillion with a "T"—a year on health costs, which is a higher percentage of our GDP than any other developed country...

November 5, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Chimps in Uganda: Lessons from Washoe

October 30th marked the five-year anniversary of the death of my friend Washoe. Washoe was a wonderful friend. She was confident and self-assured. She was a matriarch, a mother figure not only to her adopted son but to others as well...

November 4, 2012 — Maureen McCarthy

Taking Einstein's Advice

Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Yet as scientists, we are taught to fundamentally question this assumption...

November 4, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

How Computational Models Are Improving Medicine [Video]

The more we learn about cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's, the more vexingly complex they seem—and the more elusive their cures. Even with cutting-edge imaging technology, biomarker tests and genetic data, we are still far from understanding the multifaceted causes and varied developmental stages of these illnesses.With the advent of powerful computing, better modeling programs and a flood of raw biomedical data, researchers have been anticipating a leap forward in their abilities to decipher the intricate dynamics involved human disease...

November 3, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Sandy Rips through My Street

I am here at home in Maplewood, New Jersey, four days after an angry wind whipped through the trees, sending my entire family downstairs into the living room for the night.

November 2, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Bora's Picks (November 2nd, 2012)

Q&A: The science of feather forensics by Naveena Sadasivam: Birds have become rather well adjusted to urban settings, which is in itself an evolutionary feat.

STAFFNovember 2, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Where Are the Gifted Minorities?

Guest blog by Frank C. Worrell, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Rena F. SubotnikFor more than a quarter century, critics have faulted gifted education programs for catering to kids from advantaged backgrounds...

November 2, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Remember It Well: A New Type of On-Switch for Memory

Nicotine enhances the ability to focus and remember. The alkaloid acts in a similar manner to the brain's own signaling molecule, acetylcholine. It interacts with eponymous receptors on the surface of nerve cells to regulate signaling in the brain.The role of the nicotinic-acetylcholine receptors throughout the central nervous system is so wide-ranging that new discoveries about the molecule continue apace...

STAFFNovember 2, 2012 — Gary Stix

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