Earth’s Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life—and Rare in Our Galaxy

Shannon Hall
PUBLISHED BY: Scientific American ON July 20, 2017
American Geophysical Union

Our planet is in constant flux. Tectonic plates—the large slabs of rock that divide Earth’s crust so that it looks like a cracked eggshell—jostle about in fits and starts that continuously reshape our planet—and possibly foster life. …

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Storygram: Antonio Regalado’s “Exclusive: Chinese Scientists Are Creating CRISPR Babies”

Antonio Regalado • June 25, 2019
PUBLISHED BY: MIT Technology Review ON November 25, 2018
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When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present. …

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Storygram: Marilynn Marchione’s “Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies”

Marilynn Marchione • June 25, 2019
PUBLISHED BY: Associated Press ON November 26, 2018
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HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. …

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CRISPR Storygrams

Antonio Regalado, Marilynn Marchione
PUBLISHED BY: MIT Technology Review and Associated Press ON November 1, 2018
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The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, is a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty […]

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Alive Inside

Mike Hixenbaugh
PUBLISHED BY: The Houston Chronicle ON December 3, 2017
AAAS Kavli Award

Danielle McNicoll wheeled her fiancé into his hospital room after physical therapy, then turned his power chair to face a mirror and ran her fingers through his hair. He never would have let it get this long, she thought. …

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The Loneliest Polar Bear | Chapter 1

Kale Williams
PUBLISHED BY: The Oregonian ON October 16, 2017
AAAS Kavli Award

In the den, the walls were white like ice. Light came from a single red bulb. The air smelled of cool concrete, of straw piled thick, and of a heavy, captive musk. Somewhere, tucked under her 600-pound mother, was Nora. …

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Storygram: Annie Waldman’s “How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers”

Annie Waldman • March 19, 2019
PUBLISHED BY: ProPublica ON December 27, 2017
National Academies Keck Award

A ProPublica analysis shows that women who deliver at hospitals that disproportionately serve black mothers are at a higher risk of harm.

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Laser maps reveal slide risk with startling clarity, but few citizens know they exist

Sandi Doughton
PUBLISHED BY: The Seattle Times ON March 27, 2014
American Geophysical Union

An aerial scanning technique called lidar produces images that strip away vegetation to expose the landforms below. Some counties use them to ID hazardous areas, but others don’t.

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The Ultimate Sacrifice

Ann Gibbons
PUBLISHED BY: Science Magazine ON May 18, 2012
National Academies Keck Award

Seeking to impress both gods and humans, early state societies across the globe displayed their power by ritually killing human victims

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Where Forests Work Harder

Courtney Humphries
PUBLISHED BY: CITYLAB ON December 19, 2016
American Geophysical Union

A new study shows that trees in the Boston region grow faster and store more carbon as biomass the closer they are to developed areas.

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