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‘Google of sorts’: DNA database harnesses power of genome sequences

Sarah Zhang | 
In 2015, scientists discovered a pig in China that would set off a frantic, worldwide search. The pig carried bacteria ...
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Why Silicon Valley’s food-depriving ‘productivity hacks’ could be dangerous

Amanda Mull | 
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, doesn’t eat for 22 hours of the day, and sometimes not at all. Over the weekend ...
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How long can bacteria live? 500-year experiment could provide answers

Sarah Zhang | 
In the year 2514, some future scientist will arrive at the University of Edinburgh (assuming the university still exists), open ...

From salt to hand sanitizer, corn is in everything. What would life without it look like?

Sarah Zhang | 
When Christine Robinson was first diagnosed with a corn allergy 17 years ago, she remembers thinking, “No more popcorn, no ...
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‘Men are struggling’: Psychologists get new guidelines for ‘traditional masculinity’

Amanda Mull | 
[T]he American Psychological Association, the country’s largest professional organization of psychologists, did something for men that it’s done for many ...
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‘Affective presence’: It’s what helps others decide if you are likable

Julie Beck | 
Some people can walk into a room and instantly put everyone at ease. Others seem to make teeth clench and ...
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How AIDS transformed genetic engineering

Eben Kirksey | 
For two decades, [Matt] Sharp had been living with HIV. He’d watched the height of the aids crisis claim dozens of his ...

‘Cute aggression’: Why our brains love puppies and kittens

Amanda Mull | 
I harass my dog [constantly]. She’s a little loaf of a thing, with big eyes and satellite-dish ears and a ...
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Controversial treatment: Can we treat drug addiction with heroin?

Zachary Siegel | 
As overdose deaths have broken records year after year in the U.S., a group of researchers has looked around the ...
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Only half of psychology studies can be replicated. That’s a big problem

Ed Yong | 
Over the past few years, an international team of almost 200 psychologists has been trying to repeat a set of ...

‘Anti-evolution drug’ could stop superbugs from mutating

Ed Yong | 
Over the past 90 years, scientists have discovered hundreds of antibiotics—microbe-killing drugs that have brought many pernicious diseases to heel ...

DNA test for your dog? Here’s what your vet thinks about it

Sarah Zhang | 
[T]he direct-to-dog-owner market has become bigger and more crowded: Embark, DNA My Dog, and Paw Print Genetics are just a few ...
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Why our shrinking attention spans might be a good thing

Ben Healy | 
Our supposedly shrinking attention spans are a hot topic these days—as you may have seen on TV or heard on a ...
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‘Blinding speed’: How an ice age led to the populating of the Americas

Ed Yong | 
Tens of thousands of years ago, two gigantic ice sheets smothered the northernmost parts of what has since been named ...

No, humans haven’t wiped out 60 percent of animals since 1970. But things still look ugly

Ed Yong | 
Since [October 29], news networks and social media have been abuzz with the claim that, as The Guardian among others ...

Chasing the virus behind surging polio-like illness

Ed Yong | 
[Fall 2014] Kevin Messacar, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, started seeing a wave of children with inexplicable paralysis. All of ...

When a DNA test uncovers an ugly family secret

Sarah Zhang | 
As DNA-testing companies sell millions of kits, they’ve started to rearrange families. The tests have reunited long-lost cousins and helped adoptees find their ...

Merging soldiers and machines: Inside the quest to weaponize the brain

Michael Gross | 
What lies beyond bionics? [DARPA director Justin] Sanchez described his work as trying to “understand the neural code,” which would ...
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Personal DNA tests challenged for perpetuating ‘false notions’ of ethnic cultures and race

Sarah Zhang | 
Genetic-ancestry tests are having a moment. Look no further than Spotify: [Last month], the music-streaming service—as in, the service used ...

Artificial Intelligence as Ken Kesey: A computer goes on a cross-country novel writing trip

Brian Merchant | 
On March 25, 2017, a black Cadillac with a white-domed surveillance camera attached to its trunk departed Brooklyn for New ...
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Will lab-grown burgers succeed where ethical arguments against meat eating failed?

Derek Thompson | 
[O]ne-sixth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are directly attributable to raising livestock, and the figure is rising as more ...
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Can a DNA test prove you are black? This man is suing the government to find out

Sarah Zhang | 
In 2014, Ralph Taylor applied to have his insurance company in Washington State certified as a “disadvantaged business enterprise.” The DBE ...
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Do babies dream? If so, what do they dream about?

Alia Wong | 
Technological advances are helping to shed more and more insight on, as the University of Washington professor of early-childhood learning ...

Living with hemophilia: When patients with genetic disorders don’t want to be cured

Sarah Zhang, Jeff Johnson | 
Jeff Johnson is 40 years old, and for all 40 of those years, he has been living with hemophilia. The ...
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Quest to fight skin cancer with machine learning may have a diversity problem

Angela Lashbrook | 
As the rates of melanoma for all Americans continue a 30-year climb, dermatologists have begun exploring new technologies to try ...

Hardwired for delusion: How our brains deceive us

Ben Yagoda | 
[Present bias] is the tendency people have, when considering a trade-off between two future moments, to more heavily weight the ...

When a DNA test says you aren’t exactly who you think you are

Sarah Zhang | 
[Catherine] St Clair thought she was inquiring about a technical glitch. Her brother—the brother who along with three other siblings ...
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How bacterial CRISPR defense systems are defeated by suicidal virus attacks

Ed Yong | 
The natural world abounds with examples of predators that cooperate to take down their prey. And such teamwork also exists ...