Archive for the ‘archive’ Category

A New Kind of Transplant Bank

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

“They invented the Internet across the street and here we are just putting poop in a blender.” A visit to the nation’s first open-access stool bank.

Rethinking Motion Sickness

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Inside a “moving room,” Dr. Thomas Stoffregen is on a quest to understand the queasiness of sickness, seasickness, simulatory sickness, and morning sickness.

Peak Umami

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

MSG once induced fears of Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. Now, scientists say it’s the prototypical stimuli for umami, the fifth and most recent inductee into the exclusive club of basic tastes.

The Eel World

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Sperm-shaped fauna invade New England. A sleepless, gun-toting bunch chase down the promise of striking it rich. The story of an elver kingpin.

Testing the Taps

Monday, August 26th, 2013

A guerilla water sampling mission to understand the organisms colonizing water distribution systems: Dark, cool places that are loaded with chlorine. (Audio interview on Science Times)

The Purdue Panic Button

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Pharmacy robberies have spiked in large part thanks to illegal demand for OxyContin. A look inside the drugmaker’s efforts to protect its product and the pharmacists at the front lines.