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In Puerto Rico, Surgery by Flashlight Is Just the Beginning

A month after Hurricane Maria hit, the island is still facing a public health crisis of epic proportions.

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Oct. 20 2017 5:55 PMJapanese Scientists Found a Cave That Might Be Perfect For a Moon BaseIt's huge and could protect astronauts from radiation. 
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Oct. 19 2017 3:24 PMThe Trials of Amy CuddyA feminist psychologist was dragged through the mud for her mistakes. Did she deserve it?
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Oct. 18 2017 11:20 AMAfter the Fires, What Will Become of California’s Wine Crop?The vines that do survive might be tainted. We simply don’t know enough yet.
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Oct. 13 2017 3:38 PMWe Have to Ration Health CareMedicare for all would be a much better plan if it acknowledged that simple reality.
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Oct. 12 2017 8:20 PMThe Data Are Clear: Access to Contraception Improves Health and Saves MoneyFor every dollar spent on contraception, $7 is saved on health care costs.
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Oct. 11 2017 9:26 PMIf Harvey Weinstein Were Serious About Getting Help, He Wouldn’t Call Himself a Sex AddictHe needs to accept that he’s responsible for his actions.   
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Oct. 10 2017 1:14 PMDeVos-Backed Neurofeedback Company Has Escaped Government ScrutinyThe company, Neurocore, markets the brain training as an autism cure. The problem is, there’s no data to support that claim.
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Oct. 9 2017 5:50 AMThe Fight for the Right to Eat Seal BlubberIn Alaskan nursing homes and hospitals, tight federal regulations have meant that the most comforting foods for natives have been labeled illegal. That’s slowly changing.
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Oct. 3 2017 3:19 PMNobel Prizes Should Reward Science, Not ScientistsThe current system has a long history of sexism and racism. Reforming the prizes requires reinvention.
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Oct. 2 2017 6:29 PMHospitals Aren’t Fully Prepared for Mass Shootings, and It’s the Gun Lobby’s FaultEmergency responders and doctors are reduced to sharing anecdotes when they should be compiling evidence.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Oct. 20 2017 5:38 PMTreat Yourself to a Meteor ShowerIt’s been a long week. Here’s how to find some relief in the sky.
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Oct. 18 2017 4:16 PMWhen Scientists Discovered Neutron Stars Colliding, How Did Artists Know What to Draw?They didn’t, really.
Climate Desk
Oct. 16 2017 12:13 PMWildfires Don’t Just Burn Things Down. Their Smoke Is Creating a Public Health Crisis.In the new “Smoke Belt,” it’s raining ash and respiratory illnesses.
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Oct. 13 2017 11:40 AMDonald Trump Should Stop Obsessing Over the MoonHe thinks going will get us closer to Mars. It won’t.
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Oct. 12 2017 1:38 PMThe Shoe Is the New DressCan understanding visual opposition help us understand political opposition? It can’t hurt!
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Oct. 10 2017 4:59 PMHow the End of the Drought Likely Exacerbated the Deadly California WildfiresLush grasses flourished in last winter’s deluge—and then dried out quickly to provide fuel.
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Oct. 10 2017 12:05 PMScience Is Imperfect. We Should Admit That.One prominent research journal just updated its description to explain why it won’t be perfect—and that’s great.
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Oct. 5 2017 6:12 PMCan You Sue a Newspaper Based on How the Internet Interprets a Story?A pro-GMO professor who claims he has been defamed by the New York Times’ reporting on his connections to Monsanto is trying. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be successful.
Medical Examiner
Oct. 3 2017 7:45 AMWhy Do We Keep Resurrecting the Cautionary Medical Tale?In the nearly three decades since the last Flatliners film, medicine has moved forward, but our conflicted feelings about it have not.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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