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A Gasping Heart
Cardiac quirk may worsen sleep apnea, invite altitude sickness

(April 7, 2007)

Fixes for Fatty Liver
Diabetes drugs attack another disease of obesity

(March 3, 2007)

Perchance to Hibernate
Can we tap a dormant capacity to downshift our metabolism?

(January 27, 2007)

Weighing In on City Planning
Could smart urban design keep people fit and trim?

(January 20, 2007)

Calling Death's Bluff
Implantable defibrillators can save thousands of lives—but which ones?

(September 23, 2006)

Risky Legacy
African DNA linked to prostate cancer

(August 26, 2006)

The Screen Team
Less unpleasant colon exams might catch more cancers

(August 19, 2006)

Holy Smoke
Burning incense, candles pollute air in churches

(August 19, 2006)

How to Wash up in the Wilderness
(August 19, 2006)

Named Medical Trials Garner Extra Attention
(August 5, 2006)

Demand for Ethanol May Drive Up Food Prices
(July 22, 2006)

Did small hominids have a genetic defect?
(July 15, 2006)

The Long Burn
Warming drove recent upswing in wildfires

(July 8, 2006)

Ultrasound's New Focus
Can it eradicate tumors?

(April 29, 2006)

XXL from Too Few Zs?
Skimping on sleep might cause obesity, diabetes

(April 1, 2006)

Light All Night
New images quantify a nocturnal pollutant

(March 18, 2006)

Flora Horror
Hospitals struggle with a serious new gut microbe

(February 18, 2006)

Diabetes from a Plastic?
Estrogen mimic provokes insulin resistance

(January 21, 2006)

Bright Lights, Big Cancer
Melatonin-depleted blood spurs tumor growth

(January 7, 2006)

3-D Vision
New technique could improve breast cancer screening, diagnosis

(December 10, 2005)

Beyond Falsetto
Do mice sing at ultrasonic frequencies?

(November 5, 2005)

Falling Influence
Influenza fighters have limited effects

(October 1, 2005)

Potent Medicine
Can Viagra and other lifestyle drugs save lives?

(August 20, 2005)

Can Chocolate Fight Diabetes, Too?
(August 13, 2005)

Pushing Drugs
How medical marketing influences doctors and patients

(July 30, 2005)

Bacteria Ride the Tide
Moon's phases predict water quality at beaches

(July 2, 2005)

Gender Measure
Pollutant appears to alter boys' genitals

(June 4, 2005, with Janet Raloff)

The Race To Prescribe
Drug for African Americans may debut amid debate

(April 16, 2005)

Rice with a Human Touch
Engineered grain uses gene from people
to protect against herbicides

(April 16, 2005)

Shrinking at Sea
Harvesting drives evolution toward smaller fishes

(February 26, 2005)

Against the Migraine
A procedure's serendipitous success hints that
some headaches start in the heart

(February 19, 2005)

Dangerous Practices
Critics see flaws in drug-safety monitoring

(February 5, 2005)

Asthma Counterattack
Symptoms decline when families fight allergens at home

(November 27, 2004)

Creepy-Crawly Care
Maggots move into mainstream medicine

(October 23, 2004)

Before the Booze
Cactus extract dulls hangovers

(July 3, 2004)

Don't Let the Bugs Bite
Can genetic engineering defeat diseases spread by insects?

(August 14, 2004)

Surgery removes grenade from soldier's head
(February 7, 2004)

Brawny Brains
Creatine pills may aid memory and cognition

(August 16, 2003)

Skipping Meals Might Offer Health Gains
(June 7, 2003)

Unproven Elixir
Hormone therapy tempts aging men,
but its risks haven't yet been reckoned

(May 10, 2003)

Out of China
SARS virus' genome hints at independent evolution

(April 26, 2003)

Deprived of Darkness
The unnatural ecology of artificial light at night

(April 20, 2002)

Steely Glaze
Layered electrolytes control corrosion

(April 13, 2002)

Germs That Do a Body Good
Bacteria might someday keep the doctor away

(February 2, 2002)

Drink and Thrive
Moderate alcohol use reduces dementia risk

(February 2, 2002)

New Fossils Resolve Whale's Origin
(September 22, 2001)

National Geographic News

Bats Have an Aerodynamic Edge Over Birds, Study Says
(May 10, 2007)

Liquid Mercury
Tiny Planet Has Molten Core

(May 3, 2007)

Parasite "Brainwashes" Rats Into Craving Cat Urine, Study Finds
(April 3, 2007)

Humans Wear Diverse "Wardrobe" of Skin Microbes, Study Finds
(February 6, 2007)

Egyptian Writing "Scanned" Using High-Tech Methods
(September 8, 2006)

Bat Rabies Threat Rises With Summer Temperatures
(August 15, 2006)

NASA Hatches Plan to Save Shuttles from Vultures
(July 14, 2006)

Warming Climate Fueling Wildfires, Study Says
(July 6, 2006)

Illinois Eighth Grader Wins National Geographic Bee
(May 24, 2006)

Rise of the Machines
Surveillance software gets smart

(February 22, 2006)

Self-healing Spacecraft?
Tiny tubes ooze epoxy

(January 27, 2006)

Seafloor Study Traces Culprits Behind Indian Ocean Tsunami
(December 23, 2005, with Anna Petherick)

Hubble Reveals New Moons, Rings Around Uranus
(December 22, 2005)

Flexible Electronics One Step Closer With New Circuits
(December 15, 2005)

Giant Asian Ape and Humans Coexisted, Might Have Interacted
(December 8, 2005)

Toxic "E-Waste" Gets Cached in Poor Nations, Report Says
(November 8, 2005)

Bird Flu's Spread to Africa Could Be Imminent, UN Warns
(October 27, 2005)

Spray-On Skin Cells Could Help Burns Heal
(September 12, 2005, with Anna Petherick)

New Nanotech Coating Prevents Fogging, Glare in Glass
(August 29, 2005)

Nano-Switches Could Yield Even Smaller Gadgets
(August 16, 2005)

Nepalese Porters May Be World's Most Efficient Haulers
(June 16, 2005)

Powerful Pollinators, Wild Bees May Favor Eco-Farms
(updated October 28, 2004)

In the Midst of Monarchs
Mexico's butterfly oasis

(June 10, 2003)

New Theory Drastically Rethinks Evolution of Early Life
(Jan. 30, 2003)

Tying Shoes
Math may make case for how we lace

(December 4, 2002)

Ancient Olympians
Weighted down to win

(November 14, 2002)

Raw Human Waste Killing Off Coral Reefs?
(June 27, 2002)

Scientific Pitfalls Complicate Cloning Debate
(May 31, 2002)

Universe Reborn Endlessly in New Model of the Cosmos
(April 25, 2002)

State Bird of Hawaii Unmasked as Canadian
(February 6, 2002)

Was Moon Born From Planet's Crash Into Earth?
(August 20, 2001)

Popular Mechanics

Fighting HIV by Building a New Killer
In the fight to find a cure for AIDS, researchers have invented a viral double agent on a mission to seek out where HIV hides
(December 1, 2006, for

Immunization 2.0
Diseases like West Nile Virus show no respect for borders.
But a new class of vaccines may soon keep them in check

(September 2006)


Raw Data
Are Antidepressant Drugs Actually Worth Taking?
(October 10, 2008)

Popular Science

Can Sen. Science Fix Our Tech Woes?
Q&A with Sen. George Allen (R-Va.)
(February 2003)


Yellowstone's Geologic Recycling Program
(July 24, 2001)

Flood Experiment Built Beaches
(July 17, 2001)

Stress Hormone Addles Memory
(July 9, 2001)

Great Barrier Reef Surprisingly Young
(June 1, 2001)


How do horticulturists know when the cherry blossoms will bloom?

(March 27, 2007)

U.S. News & World Report

Thinking Harder (blog)
A science journalist's open notebook

(October 2007 to July 2009; currently on hiatus)

How to Find the Best Hospital Near You
For the first time, U.S. News has ranked hospitals in America's 52 largest metropolitan areas

(March 29, 2011)

Should You Join a Research Study? 9 Tips for Volunteers in Clinical Trials
By enrolling in a research study, patients can advance clinical care. But they need to consider safety

(September 23, 2009)

6 Scientists on the Cutting Edge of Energy and Environmental Research
Don Hammerstrom: Making Appliances Smarter
Daniel Nocera: Storing Solar Energy

(March 27, 2009)

13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Daylight Saving Time
When clocks spring forward, people lose sleep, have more heart attacks, and might not even save energy

(March 3, 2009)

Turning Out the Lights
The dangers of a bright night are becoming more apparent

(March 14, 2008)

The Monolith Called Uluru
Ayers Rock, Australia

(November 16, 2007)

Defibrillators' Weak Link
What to do if there's a failure-prone lead in your chest

(October 18, 2007)

Time for a Debate on Folate?
Too much of a good thing could turn out to be bad

(August 5, 2007)

A Gap with Credibility
(America's Best Colleges, 2006)

Mending Migraines
Can plugging a hole in the heart end headache agony?

(April 11, 2005)

If You Reapply, You Might Just Get In
(America's Best Colleges, 2002)

Need a Job? You Can Run the Show
(America's Best Colleges, 2002)

Watch What You Borrow
(America's Best Colleges, 2002)

Murder Mystery on Ice
A prehistoric death had unnatural causes

(August 6, 2001)

Fortified Eggs Offer New Reasons to Shell Out
(April 2, 2001)

Hand-Held Travel Guides Put the World in Your Palm
(February 26, 2001)

Dating an Older Man
Early humanoid fossil

(December 18, 2000)

Cooling a Hot Virus
A vaccine for Ebola?

(December 11, 2000)

Los Angeles Times

Spanking: When parents lift their hands
It's better not to use corporal punishment, researchers agree. But, in fact, people do. Now we're learning the consequences.
(February 19, 2007; also appeared in the Chicago Tribune)

Ready, set ... eat!
Enough with the tried-and-true waist-saving tips. Try fasting, dehydration and conflict.

(November 20, 2006, with Rosie Mestel)

Road to fat city starts at home
Can a neighborhood make you gain weight? Urban planners think so, but a study questions the link between ZIP Code and waistline.

(November 6, 2006)

Here's To Good Buddies, Good Health

(October 16, 2006)

USA Today

New Orleans Caught in a Stranglehold of Vegetation
Lower Ninth Ward: Reclaimed by nature

(November 1, 2007)

Some Try Ultra-Fat Diet to Combat Medical Conditions
For patients with Parkinson's disease and other nerve disorders, extreme menu could hold answers

(May 15, 2006)

Sleep Treatments Rise to the Occasion
Behavioral therapy, pills, even both

(February 27, 2006)

Hibernation Could Help Humans, Too
Process may keep organs preserved

(January 25, 2006)

The Washington Post

Advice varies on what to do when an expectant mother's water breaks before labor
(October 31, 2011)

How and Why
The bacteria (or virus or parasite) made me do it

(June 13, 2011)

How and Why
Reinventing the (fly)wheel

(April 18, 2011)

How and Why
Start-ups are devising kites to turn wind power into a cheap source of power

(March 21, 2011)

How and Why
Is severe winter weather related to global warming?

(February 7, 2011)

How and Why
New theory seeks to explain Saturn's unique and constantly changing rings

(January 11, 2011)

How and Why
Many species use hibernation to survive the rigors of winter

(December 6, 2010)

How and Why
Earth contains a vast amount of water, but scientists are unsure of its origins

(November 8, 2010)

How and Why
Many organisms rely on bioluminescence to breed, feed and evade predators

(October 12, 2010)

How and Why
Dust blows in from the ends of the Earth, even beyond

(September 14, 2010)

How and Why
When the moon hits your eye, it's always the same old scene

(July 6, 2010)

How and Why
Want to see better? We'd have to turn out the lights

(June 8, 2010)

How and Why
A bounteous source of power may lie right beneath our feet

(April 27, 2010)

Getting the Bugs Out
Area hospitals far apart in applying infection-control measures

(September 25, 2007)

Getting to the Heart of ED
Sexual problems in men are often tied to vascular disease

(March 13, 2007)

Take This, You'll Like It
Study says TV ads promote drug sales through emotion, not information

(January 30, 2007)

Practicing Moral Hygiene
Study links guilt and the urge for clean hands.
(Now, pass the towelettes, please.)

(October 10, 2006)

Claim Check
Pandemic Flu Kits

(August 22, 2006)

Hormones as Dope
How testosterone pumps up performance

(August 8, 2006)

Summer Better
Itching to Know

(August 1, 2006)

Race Matters
Bias's Toll

(July 11, 2006)

Doctor's Visit
Measuring Care

(May 9, 2006)

Down the Hatch, Then What?
Set aside the question of why competitive eaters do what they do. Some want to know how

(November 29, 2005; reprinted in The Toronto Star, December 2)

Drug Watch
Block That Statin

(October 18, 2005)

Shelf Help
New! From General Pills!

(September 6, 2005)

Sexual Health
Race Relations

(August 23, 2005)

Junk-Food Science
Candy makers are pitching chocolate as a health food.
But so far, the research is turning up sweet nothing

(August 9, 2005)

Need To Know
Why Cheney Feels the Burn

(July 26, 2005)

Heart Device Recall
For patients with suspect models, tough choices

(June 28, 2005)

Claim Check
Wonder Juice?

(June 21, 2005)

Prostate Cancer
New Wave Therapy

(April 19, 2005)

Good Sports
Knocking Heads

(March 29, 2005)