An unparalleled cataclysm on the other side of the globe sets the stage for a gathering of literary titans at which an 18-year-old crafts an unearthly yet timeless tale of unbridled human arrogance.
Volunteers clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
There are few things Americans like more than lists and money, but ranking philanthropists on the monetary size of their giving distorts our understanding of generosity, argues one ethicist.
Volume rendered image of the external morphology of the foot bone shows the extent of expansion of the primary bone cancer beyond the surface of the bone.
Patrick Randolph-Quinney (UCLAN)
Cancer is a deadly disease and would have been particularly lethal before the recent development of effective treatments. So why didn’t it – or our susceptibility to it – die out long ago?
Medical errors are not the third leading cause of death.
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A recent study suggesting that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. made headlines. But the methods researchers used to draw this conclusion are flawed.
Hey, is there something on my back?
Nathan J. Robinson
Tiny animals along for the ride, called epibionts, could be used as living data-loggers. Researchers can glean info from them that could help inform turtle-friendly fisheries management decisions.
A new phase of South Sudan’s civil war seems to have begun.
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Despite President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar’s calls for calm, hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in renewed fighting in Juba.
Kenyan civil society activists protest against the extrajudicial killing of a human rights lawyer and his client. Restrictions against NGOs have intensified.
The government of Uhuru Kenyatta may wish to reconsider its repeated attacks against NGOs. The country as a whole is likely to benefit if the government softens its stance.
Robert Blair, “The Soul hovering over the Body reluctantly parting with Life”
William Blake, via Wikimedia Commons
The effort to prove the soul’s existence through physical means is little more than a fool’s errand.
Can new ideas break through preconceived notions?
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The very goal of science, to discover the new and unknown, is hampered by any outdated personal beliefs scientists hold.
Writer Thomas Wolfe is played by Jude Law in ‘Genius.’
The president of the Thomas Wolfe Society explains why Law had his work cut out for him when he agreed to portray a man who was "a hydroelectric plant of emotion."
California is the fifth state to legalize aid in dying.
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Why have Americans become more receptive to aid in dying, a practice that was rejected throughout the United States until Oregon changed course in 1997?
Residents of Flint, Michigan wait at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on the water crisis.
Hillary Clinton has elevated environmental justice to a high level as a presidential nominee, but as the Flint water crisis demonstrates, the deeper problem lies in ineffective government agencies.
Not so dense?
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Scientists have identified a small number of people whose skeletons are extraordinarily break resistant, offering hints on how to make the bones of ordinary people stronger.
Touch is a powerful tool in medicine.
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Despite the rise of scanners, robots and other new medical technologies, the physician’s hand remains one of medicine’s most valuable diagnostic tools.
Reason for optimism?
Whatever you call it, the new leader, Michel Temer, has an opportunity to return Brazil to policies that promote growth through fiscally sound social inclusion. Can he do it?
Woman with slave girl in the mid 19th century, New Orleans.
More than 150 years of scholarship and activism hasn't brought us any closer to consensus.
Oxycontin helped drive the opioid epidemic.
The sources of the opioid epidemic are complex, but one powerful motivator has been the pursuit of profit.
Séance sportive assistée par réalité virtuelle.
Il est un domaine où les casques de réalité virtuelle ne demandent qu’à être utilisés : l’entraînement des sportifs. Exemple à l’Université de l’Indiana
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Asking patients about sexual matters is universally recognized as an important part of collecting a patient’s medical history. But many physicians don't take sexual histories from their patients.
Is it fair to criticize Belgian security forces for not stopping last week’s bombing?
Ensuring complete security against terrorist attacks, especially against vulnerable targets in Europe, is all but impossible. Here's why.