Archive for the ‘archive’ Category

The Crazy Caver’s Quest

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

An annotated guide to one caver’s subterranean quest for new antibiotic leads. Without basic exploration, there is no data—and there is little chance of new finding new drugs. (PDF)

The Tragedy of the Midnight Slider

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Two years ago, a saboteur disappeared off the coast of Cape Breton. Three lobstermen confessed to his murder. Had he gotten what was coming to him, or was the real story something far more tragic?

The Psychobiotic Pioneers

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

After years of doubt and incredulity, it now seemed possible that microorganisms shaped our risk for developing psychiatric and neurological disorders. The question was how.

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.