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Misbehaving Pituitaries

At the base of the human brain there lies a tiny organ called the pituitary gland. About the size of a pea, this demure little gland produces and secret...
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The Norwegian Puffin Dog

In order to run down and kill wolves, the people of Ireland bred the powerful and long-legged Irish Wolfhound. When they needed something to chase ill-te...
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Poland’s Biological Defensive

Biological warfare is nothing new to the human race. Attempts to use disease to bring down enemies date as far back as we have detailed histories of ...
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The Stinkbird Enigma

In South America, in the swamps of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, lives a very unusual bird. The hoatzin is a pheasant-sized enigma. The official nati...
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Can You Hear the View?

Cybernetic senses have been the subject of science fiction for decades. The idea of using sophisticated technology to repair damaged bodies, or even to e...
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Son of Krakatoa

Krakatoa may just be the most famous volcano of all time. More devastating than Mt. St. Helens, closer in time than Vesuvius; the volcano that destroyed ...
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Two Eggs – Hold the Sperm

One of the favorite topics of speculative fiction is a society composed entirely of women. From the Greek legends of the Amazons, to the modern novels of...
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Calorie Reduction for Longer Life

Would you be willing to semi-starve in order to live longer? More to the point, would you be willing to semi-starve simply for the chance that you might ...
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Pathological Laughing and Weeping

Dr. Schiffer’s patient was thirty-seven when he laughed his way through his best friend’s funeral. At that time he had been confined to a wheelchair for ...
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The Balance of Risk

Let’s suppose your child wants to take a martial arts class. Being a conscientious parent, you check out the local dojos and find two good places. Both a...
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Warm-Blooded Plants

If you live in the Northeastern US, and you walk in the woods on spring mornings, you're likely to see a skunk cabbage. Indeed, you might see a skunk cab...
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A Life More Colorful

Human beings normally see in color. We are natural trichromats-- we have three different color receptors that permit us to see a range of colors far broa...
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Do You See What I Hear?

Human beings are very metaphoric creatures. We love to juxtapose the experience of one sense with another. Whether it’s taste with touch – a sharp cheese...
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A Big Footprint on the Steppe

The Y-chromosome is one that geneticists love to study. Because it is passed on from father to son with no matching chromosome to confuse the issue it’s ...
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Harvesting Toxins

If you talk to employees at one of the US Governments nuclear facilities long enough, you’re likely to hear a lot of interesting stories about the early ...
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The Not-So-Legendary Chimera

Imagine if you discovered one day that two of your three children were genetically not yours. Recriminations, marital troubles, perhaps a divorce, right?...
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Parasites on the Brain

Toxoplasma gondii may be the most prevalent human parasite. As many as 50% of humans worldwide, and up to 80% in urban areas, have been infected with it ...
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Great Advances in Smoking Safety

Smoking tobacco has been around practically forever, but cigarettes as a commercial product are actually a fairly recent invention. Before the Crimean Wa...
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Head of the Class

We seem to be getting swelled heads. Or at least bigger ones. A study published in the British Dental Journal ran a comparative study between the skul...
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The Singing Scourge

Early in the 1200’s, Genghis Khan and the Mongol army he commanded were well on their way to becoming the most feared army in history. While many Khans b...
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