Archive for the ‘archive’ Category

Luckey’s Guess

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

In the late 1960s, a scientist named T.D. Luckey made a claim: Microbial cells, he said, outnumbered human cells ten-to-one. This is the story about how Luckey’s guess established itself as microbiology’s oft-quoted fact.

Survivor No. 3

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A day after swimming in an Arkansas water park, Kali Harding was diagnosed with a brain-eating amoeba that kills 99% of the people infects. This is the story of how she survived.

The Mudlick Run

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Thousands of large farms could be exempt from the Clean Water Act if a recent decision from West Virginia is upheld. Here is the story of Alt v. EPA and the chicken farmer at the center of this legal fight.

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. (See also.)

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.