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Touch is a powerful tool in medicine. Hands via www.shutterstock.com.

Touch creates a healing bond in health care

Despite the rise of scanners, robots and other new medical technologies, the physician’s hand remains one of medicine’s most valuable diagnostic tools.
‘What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?’ Nathan Rupert/Flickr

Does it matter if there was really a Star of Bethlehem?

What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?
Blood is just one of the body fluids we need to survive. Blood bag via www.shutterstock.com.

Eleven body fluids we couldn’t live without

By learning a bit more about these body fluids, we can develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our own biology.
Representative Paul Ryan arrives to talk to the media after being nominated for speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 28 2015. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

What should we make of Paul Ryan’s fondness for Ayn Rand?

Saying that Ayn Rand had some useful economic and political ideas does not, however, compel Ryan to adopt her entire philosophy lock, stock and barrel.
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The universe’s most miraculous molecule

It’s the second most abundant substance in the universe. It dissolves more materials than any other solvent. It stores incredible amounts of energy. Life as we know it would not be possible without it…
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Oliver Sacks, the brain and God

Oliver Sacks, the celebrated neurologic storyteller who died at the end of August at age 82, once described himself as “strongly atheist by disposition.” Sacks could write sensitively about religion, including…
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‘The greatest man in the world’: on the 50th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer’s death

In 1947, Time magazine dubbed him “the greatest man in the world.” He was one of the world’s most famous organists, whose scholarly studies of Bach remain definitive today. As a theologian, he produced…

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