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    The Woman Who Gave Us the Science of Normal Life

    Before Rachel Carson there was Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first female student.

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    Why You Feel the Urge to Jump

    The science and philosophy of looking down from a high place.

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    Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too

    Many famous scientists have something in common—they didn’t work long hours.

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    The Race Problem in Breast Cancer Screening

    Here’s a curious fact: Black American women are 37 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, according to a 2015 report by the American Cancer Society, yet they receive early-stage diagnoses much less frequently.  Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now . Why might that be?Biology’s role isn’t […]

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    The Case for More Intellectual Humility

    I can remember, almost a decade ago, when I was convinced out of my “Young-Earth” Creationism. It was almost a process of de-radicalization. During high school I was a generic Christian, but then some friends suggested I watch a video of a pastor online and, well, you can guess the rest. The message encouraged spreading […]

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    There’s Mysteriously Large Amounts of Methane on Mars

    The mystery isn’t just that we see methane when we shouldn’t. It’s also that, in a sense, we see too much of it. If you want to detect life on another planet, look for biomarkers—spectroscopic signatures of chemicals that betray the activity of living things. And in fact we may have already found a biomarker. […]

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    It Might Be Time to Stop Touting Eco-Friendly Messages

    In this climate, you might wonder whether it’s still possible for companies to tout a “green” message at all. Maybe it’s dead.Photograph by Florida Sea Grant / Flickr In his modestly titled 2010 book Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir From a Visionary Leader, John Browne, the former CEO of Beyond Petroleum (BP for short), recounted […]
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    Are We Being Too Superficial About the Gender Problem in Science?

    Hope Jahren, a geobiologist at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, is “very cynical about efforts to get girls into science.”Photograph by GSK / Flickr Why should the share of women in a given occupation affect its average pay? It’s a curious inverse relationship. Census data show that when the former increases, the latter decreases—when […]
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    New Exoskeletons Will Harness the Subtle Anatomy of Human Balance

    The bones and bodies of the Kenyan women had adjusted to perfectly support the head weight in the most energy efficient manner, aligning in an ideal formation to keep the weight off the muscles.Photograph by Kim Steele / Getty In the 1980s, a bioengineer named Norm Heglund was doing field work in Kenya, hoping to […]
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    Meet Seven Extraordinary Women Scientists

    A neuroscientist turned designer has created a unique celebration of women’s history month.
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    Survival of the Friendliest

    It’s time to give the violent metaphors of evolution a break.