A university investigation into astronomer Geoff Marcy, exclusively obtained by BuzzFeed News, has determined that he violated sexual harassment policies at UC Berkeley. Marcy has written a public apology, though he denies some of the investigation’s findings.
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Michael Katze, famous for his studies of Ebola and the flu, ran a lab at the University of Washington where intoxication and sexual harassment went unchecked, and where he misused public resources for personal gain, according to two investigations obtained by BuzzFeed News.
M.C. was born with ambiguous genitalia, a rare condition that doctors addressed with surgery. Now, in a landmark lawsuit, M.C.’s parents are challenging the medical mainstream: Why does a surgeon decide what sex a child should be?
Three studies published Thursday make modest advances toward finally developing a vaccine against HIV. Despite billions of dollars in funding, researchers say they’re still far from solving one of the hardest scientific problems of our time.
The first drug to treat low libido in women was just approved by the FDA. It might never have happened, experts say, if not for a media-savvy, pharma-funded advocacy group called Even the Score.
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This front page story described the first-ever patient described as suffering from the still-debated "internet addiction disorder" via his Google Glass.
Some rarer birds have grown in number over the last 30 years due to conservation efforts, while more common birds are facing a steep decline.
A new study has found that people who reported drinking 21oz of soda per day had DNA changes typical of cells 4.6 years older.
An open letter signed by more than seventy scientists condemns so-called "brain games" as unscientific and exploitative.
How two air pollutants—black carbon & ozone—may be responsible for 90% of India's crop losses.
Iran's biggest environmental threat—air pollution—has as much to do with US sanctions as with years of bad governmental regulation in Iran itself.
*Winner of the National Association of Science Writers' 2014 Clark/Payne Award for Young Science Journalists
A brief history of how the American chain drugstore became an emporium for soda, candy and cigarettes.
New life-hacking devices want to help us lucid dream to maximize productivity during sleep. But is that missing the point?
The decision by the bankrupt city of Detroit to cut off the water supply to 80,000 homes with outstanding water bills is a public health disaster in the making.
A newly identified virus present in nearly three quarters of humans suggests a bigger role for viruses in controlling the teeming bacterial communities of our guts.
Food, in addition to light, plays a clear role in setting your body's inner biological clock.
The repeal of Australia's carbon tax, one of the world's landmark attempts to stop climate change, spells a clear increase in the country's emissions by 2020.
After Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood took almost 2 hours to die, I look at why an unreliable drug combination is being experimented with in the death chamber in the first place.
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Artist and synthetic biologist Christina Agapakis wants us to get over our fear of bacteria.
Professor Kim Binsted and her crew are going on a mission to Mars—without leaving planet Earth.
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Siemon Cox took an abandoned water park and did the obvious—turned it into an urban mushroom farm.
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Londoners lost over a quarter million pieces of personal property on public transportation last year. Here's the breakdown.
Saving Lake Urmia in Iran is about more than conservation: It is about a change in an entire country's ethos towards the environment.
The Marfa lights are alternately touted as the stuff of supernatural quackery and real-life occurrences with a scientific explanation. So where do they fall?
What, if anything, is there to fear about neuroenhancement?
I talked to the director of "Particle Fever" about how to make a science documentary that's actually good.
A Kickstarter campaign to genetically engineer a glowing plant and distribute its seeds across the country raises questions about the ethical responsibility of DIY scientists in the brave new world of synthetic biology.
*I was featured on KCRW's "To The Point" radio program to answer more in-depth questions about the story.
An early warning system would save thousands of lives when the next major earthquake hits California. But will the state find the money to implement it before it's too late?
Claire Evans subverts musical conventions with the perfect blend of science fiction, art, and blue lipstick.
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I made some charts to show how the American love affair with soda has led to outrageously supersized drink sizes.
Activists in California have staged an occupation of a different kind of public space—a farm.
For over a decade, anti-abortion activists have objected to emergency contraception, claiming that it terminates pregnancies. The only problem is they're wrong.
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The popular herbal depression remedy can interact with other drugs. So why doesn't its label say so?
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A new branch of psychology wants to turn its focus away from disorder to research the positive side of human nature. But is the obsession with happiness itself unhealthy?
The modENCODE project aims to chart a new course through the dark genome.
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Microorganisms can predict changes in their environments—upending age-old biological tenets and giving new insight into non-neural genius.
Neuroscientists want to map out a complete atlas of connectivity in the human brain, but what's emerging is a battle of scales.