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Editing the Mushroom

Stephen S. Hall
PUBLISHED BY: Scientific American ON March 1, 2016
AAAS Kavli Award

A powerful new gene-editing tool is sweeping agriculture. It could transform the debate over genetic modification.

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Attack of the Mutant Pupfish

Hillary Rosner
PUBLISHED BY: WIRED ON November 19, 2012
AAAS Kavli Award

WEST OF PAHRUMP, Nevada, in a corner of the Mojave Desert a couple thousand feet above Death Valley, a warm aquifer provides a home for one of the world’s rarest animals. …






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How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture’s Traditions

Amy Maxmen
PUBLISHED BY: National Geographic ON January 30, 2015
NASW Science in Society Award

A great quarrel followed the death of a pregnant Guinean woman in June. …






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The Forgotten Continent

Jane Qiu
PUBLISHED BY: Nature News & Comment ON July 12, 2016
AAAS Kavli Award

On the outskirts of Beijing, a small limestone mountain named Dragon Bone Hill rises above the surrounding sprawl. …






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Storygram: Charles Piller’s “Failure to Report”

Charles Piller • March 21, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: STAT ON December 13, 2015
AAAS Kavli Award

Stanford University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and other prestigious medical research institutions have flagrantly violated a federal law requiring public reporting of study results, depriving patients and doctors of complete data to gauge the safety and benefits of treatments, a STAT investigation has found. …






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Storygram: Natalie Wolchover’s Vision of Future Physics

Natalie Wolchover • February 28, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: Quanta Magazine ON September 22, 2015
CASW Clark/Payne

Get Nima Arkani-Hamed going on the subject of the universe — not difficult — and he’ll talk for as many minutes or hours as it takes to transport you to the edge of human understanding …






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The Real Scandal: Science Denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Christie Aschwanden
PUBLISHED BY: The Last Word On Nothing ON February 8, 2012
NASW Science in Society Award

Is breast cancer threatening your life? This Susan G. Komen for the Cure® ad leaves no doubt about who’s to blame —you are. …






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Leaving the Sea: Staten Islanders Experiment with Managed Retreat

Elizabeth Rush
PUBLISHED BY: Urban Omnibus ON February 11, 2015
NASW Science in Society Award

In Oakwood Beach, Staten Island, an often-overlooked cranny of the city’s “forgotten borough,” the unthinkable is happening — seaside homes of longtime New Yorkers, sold to the State, are being razed to return the neighborhood to wetlands. …






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The Quantum Source of Space-Time

Ron Cowen
PUBLISHED BY: Nature News & Comment ON November 16, 2015
American Institute of Physics

Many physicists believe that entanglement is the essence of quantum weirdness — and some now suspect that it may also be the essence of space-time geometry.






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Uprising: The Environmental Scandal That’s Happening Right Beneath Your Feet

Phil McKenna
PUBLISHED BY: Matter ON November 6, 2013
NASW Science in Society Award AAAS Kavli Award

By the time Bob Ackley crossed the Harlem River into Manhattan he’d been up for nearly four hours. It was still dark, not yet seven on a Sunday morning: the best time of the week to go sniffing for gas. …






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