Health and Science
Health and Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 29 2017 7:42 AMWe Don’t Want to Know What Will Kill UsYears of data on genetic testing reveal that when given the option, most people want less information, not more.
Science
Sept. 27 2017 3:55 PMWhat’s Happening in Puerto Rico Is Environmental InjusticeClimate experts have long warned of the increasing risks of such a catastrophe.
Science
Sept. 27 2017 3:04 PMThe Whitewashing of #TakeAKneeIt’s become comfortable at the expense of achieving meaningful change.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 22 2017 9:30 AMCan You Cure Autism?For this non-evidence-based treatment center, the answer to that depends on how much you’re willing to pay.
Climate Desk
Sept. 20 2017 4:01 PMHurricane Maria Devastates Puerto RicoThe forecast predicted it would be “the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico history.” The experience seems to confirm that.
Science
Sept. 19 2017 5:14 PMThere Was Another Earthquake in Mexico. Is the World Ending?Humans often seek meaning where there is none. Sometimes random events occur in patterns.
Climate Desk
Sept. 14 2017 1:22 PMThe Poop Problem Hurricane Irma Left BehindFlorida is still dealing with the sewage overflows.
Science
Sept. 13 2017 1:12 PMIrma May Have Been the Bigger Storm, but the Damage From Harvey’s Storm Surge Will Last for YearsReporters who covered both storms explain what it was like to be in the eye of two hurricanes, and what it will be like to rebuild.
Science
Sept. 12 2017 12:01 PMMeasuring the Mizzou EffectDoes a school’s enrollment really go down when students protest en masse?
Medical Examiner
Sept. 11 2017 4:34 PMBig Pharma’s Attempt to Ghostwrite for Stat Ended Badly—but Not Badly EnoughStat retracted the story, but for the wrong reasons and without addressing the real problem.
Science
Sept. 8 2017 4:04 PMIt Doesn’t Matter if Climate Change Caused Irma and HarveyThe stories we tell ourselves are more influential than science. And the back-to-back storms are quite a story.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 7 2017 12:14 PMA New Strategy to Undermine Big Pharma’s Price Gouging Actually WorkedA little-known disease called Chagas is much more prevalent than Zika. Here’s how advocates fought an uphill battle, and won.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 6 2017 4:19 PMYou Don’t Need to Do a Prolonged Fast Before SurgeryThe recommendation is outdated, but many hospitals still mistakenly encourage it. Why?
Science
Sept. 5 2017 5:55 AMThe Bush Torture Scandal Isn’t OverThe American Psychological Association grapples with who should take the blame for greenlighting enhanced interrogations.
Climate Desk
Sept. 1 2017 1:41 PMCould Houston Have Engineered Its Way Around a Harvey-Size Storm?A close analysis of what the dams were supposed to do. 
Climate Desk
Sept. 28 2017 1:34 PMNearly Half of Puerto Rico Doesn’t Have Clean Drinking WaterAnd like the electrical grid, it might not be fixed for months.
Science
Sept. 27 2017 3:52 PMAfter the Hurricanes, Can We Rebuild a Stronger, Greener Grid?Post-earthquake Japan and monsoon-battered India aren’t just repairing their grids. They’re improving them. It’s time for hurricane-battered Americans to do the same.
Science
Sept. 25 2017 2:42 PMPuerto Rico Is Getting Short-Term AidAs an American territory, the island has access to immediate relief measures. It’s long-term support that’s the growing issue.
Science
Sept. 21 2017 7:08 PMWe Need a Better Way to Measure HurricanesThe current category system doesn’t give a clear indication of how much damage a storm can inflict.
Science
Sept. 20 2017 5:55 AMWhat Sound Does an Iceberg Make When It Breaks Off the Ice Shelf?No audio was recorded when the Larsen C ice shelf broke. But this art exhibit simulates it using real data—and the effect is haunting.
Science
Sept. 19 2017 11:31 AMHunger and Obesity Can Be Two Sides of the Same CoinThe U.N.’s latest report on food security shows troubling trends for both problems.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 13 2017 5:10 PMThe Trump Administration Is Quietly Undermining the ACA’s Plan to Innovate Health CareLeft alone, the plan could help Americans pay less for better health outcomes. But Trump’s team is rolling back a bipartisan idea.
Science
Sept. 12 2017 5:08 PMOregonians Are Unreasonably Furious at the Teen Who Started a Forest FireThey have suggested he be sterilized, whipped, or even lynched. But if we’re looking to place blame, we all deserve some.
Science
Sept. 11 2017 8:15 PMIn Defense of the TV Reporter Standing Outside During a HurricaneIn the age of fake news, there is some value in being pummeled by the rain.
Science
Sept. 11 2017 11:44 AMThe Judicial Branch Is Our Best Hope for Climate Action Under TrumpIs it up to the task?
Climate Desk
Sept. 8 2017 3:24 PMYes, There’s Another Hurricane Coming After IrmaJose isn’t as big, and Irma’s tail winds might calm it further. 
Climate Desk
Sept. 6 2017 6:46 PMMeteorologists Have Never Seen a Storm Like IrmaIt’s moving toward Florida with unprecedented strength.
Science
Sept. 6 2017 12:37 PMWhy Are FEMA’s Flood Maps So Horribly Flawed?They fail to take climate change into account, and they’re hard and expensive to maintain. Plus, they can be manipulated by local governments.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 4 2017 5:57 AMWhy Does High School Still Start So Early?Research shows that unreasonable start times lead to chronic sleep deprivation in teens. Why are schools so slow to make changes?
Medical Examiner
Aug. 28 2017 5:50 AMCould Your Next Doctor Be Your Dentist?A two-step plan could help address the physician shortage and lack of access to dental care.

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