Archive for the ‘archive’ Category

Know Thyself

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

A little exercise is better than none at all, but, by many accounts, one unnecessary medical test is a step too far. My time as a human guinea pig. (Interview on Science Friday.)

Dept. of Critical Care

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Norm McSwain was a hillbilly turned trauma surgeon. He argued against gun control and in favor of bleeding control. “Stopping hemorrhage is not fighting,” he told me. “It’s not political. It’s motherhood and apple pie.”

The Human Postmortem Microbiome

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

By studying the microscopic bacteria that blossom on our bodies after we die, scientists hope to unlock surprising mysteries of the departed.

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.