The Fourteen Who Forgot

A cluster of opioid addicts in Massachusetts suddenly lost their memories, and no one knows why. Max Meehan was case number one.

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American Girl

Clinics are popping up across the country to help kids as young as 3 who might be transgender, but some say it’s too much, too soon. While doctors argue, families like Nicole’s don’t have time to wait.

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Famous Berkeley Astronomer Violated Sexual Harassment Policies Over Many Years

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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“He Thinks He’s Untouchable”

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.

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Born In Between: Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies?

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?


After 30 Years, Why Don’t We Have An HIV Vaccine?

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.

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How Big Pharma Used Feminism To Get The “Female Viagra” Approved

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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Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device

This front page story described the first-ever patient described as suffering from the still-debated "internet addiction disorder" via his Google Glass.

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Common bird species such as sparrow and skylark facing decline in Europe

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.

Jeff Chiu/AP

Sugary soda may be linked to accelerated DNA aging

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.


Brain games exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit

An open letter signed by more than seventy scientists condemns so-called "brain games" as unscientific and exploitative.

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India air pollution 'cutting crop yields by almost half'

How two air pollutants—black carbon & ozone—may be responsible for 90% of India's crop losses.

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Choking to Death in Tehran

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

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Prescriptions, With a Side of Curly Fries

A brief history of how the American chain drugstore became an emporium for soda, candy and cigarettes.

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Rev Up Your REM

New life-hacking devices want to help us lucid dream to maximize productivity during sleep. But is that missing the point?

Detroit Water Shutoffs Condemned as Threat to Health

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.

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The Super-Abundant Virus Controlling Your Gut Bacteria

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.

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Food Influences Body Clock and May Ease Jetlag

Food, in addition to light, plays a clear role in setting your body's inner biological clock.

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Australia Will Pay Dearly for Repealing its Carbon Tax

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.

Untried Death Cocktails Causing Botched Executions

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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Culture Shock

Artist and synthetic biologist Christina Agapakis wants us to get over our fear of bacteria.

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How to Visit Mars on Earth

Professor Kim Binsted and her crew are going on a mission to Mars—without leaving planet Earth.

Marleen Sleuwitz/Wired UK

Goodbye Log Flumes, Hello Water Park

Siemon Cox took an abandoned water park and did the obvious—turned it into an urban mushroom farm.

Valerio Pellegrini/Wired UK

London's Lost Property Visualized

Londoners lost over a quarter million pieces of personal property on public transportation last year. Here's the breakdown.

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Iran's Great, Dying Salt Lake

Saving Lake Urmia in Iran is about more than conservation: It is about a change in an entire country's ethos towards the environment.

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What Makes Mysterious Orbs Shine Over a West Texan Desert?

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?


The Myths, Realities, and Ethics of Neuronenhancement

What, if anything, is there to fear about neuroenhancement?


Meet the Filmmaker Who Found Art in the Search for the Higgs Boson

I talked to the director of "Particle Fever" about how to make a science documentary that's actually good.

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Bio Hackers

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.

Stephen Loewinsohn

Sounding the Alarm

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?

*Winner of a 2013 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and Honorable Mention in the 2013 Clark/Payne Award for young science journalists.

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Occupiers Take to the Farm

Activists in California have staged an occupation of a different kind of public space—a farm.


The Morning-After Pill Does Not Cause Abortions

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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What the Supplement Industry Isn't Telling You About St. John's Wort

The popular herbal depression remedy can interact with other drugs. So why doesn't its label say so?

Azeen Ghorayshi & Leah Anderson

The Brain is Half Full

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?

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Illuminating the Dark Genome

The modENCODE project aims to chart a new course through the dark genome.

*Winner of the BSR Readers' Choice Award


Pavlov's Microorganisms

Microorganisms can predict changes in their environments—upending age-old biological tenets and giving new insight into non-neural genius.

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Mapping the Brain's Highways

Neuroscientists want to map out a complete atlas of connectivity in the human brain, but what's emerging is a battle of scales.