“I Thought About Skipping the Phineas Gage Story”Sam Kean on why he decided to write about neuroscience’s most famous patient.
Blogging the Human GenomeAccording to his published DNA sequence, James Watson should be blind, deaf, and have a tiny head. Why doesn’t he?
Blogging the Human GenomeHow a mutation on chromosome 16 gave Elizabeth Taylor her amazing double eyelashes.
Blogging the Human GenomeThe nasty fight between scientists that resulted in the sequencing of the human genome.
Blogging the Human GenomeHow genetics—and a very dirty diaper—nearly killed off Darwinism.
Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous PatientEach generation revises his myth. Here’s the true story.
Is Junk DNA Really Junky?The delicious, religious debate over what most of our genome is good for.
Blogging the Human GenomeDid Lincoln have Marfan syndrome? Did Darwin have smoldering hepatitis? The strange allure of retro-diagnosis.
Blogging the Human GenomeChim-chim-cheroo. Why so many London chimney sweeps suffered scrotal cancer.
Blogging the Human GenomeHumans have long enjoyed nonhuman lovers—the proof is in our DNA.
Blogging the Human GenomePossible genetic proof that cannibalism was disturbingly common in our past.
Blogging the Human GenomeMuscular dystrophy, Cri du Chat, “immigration delay disease”: When DNA fails.
Where Did Those Naked Ladies Come From?How the Chinese edition of my book about the periodic table got such a risqué cover.
I Haven’t Got Time for the ’Paign Finally, a browser extension that will allow you to filter out campaign coverage until it really matters.
The U.S. Isn’t Just Failing to Protect Electronics Workers From Toxic Substances. Their Kids Are Suffering, Too.
Kids of Helicopter Parents Are Sputtering Out Recent studies suggests that kids with overinvolved parents and rigidly structured childhoods suffer psychological blowback in college.
The Unexpected Lightness of Milan Kundera’s New Novel The 86-year-old author has grown surprisingly—and delightfully—cheerful.
Your Wi-Fi Network’s Soft Underbelly You probably don’t even think about this easy way for hackers to sneak in.
Are Cats Really Wild Animals? Experts clash over whether they count as a domesticated species.