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Gene Drive Gives Scientists Power to Hijack Evolution

Sharon Begley
PUBLISHED BY: STAT ON November 17, 2015
CASW Cohn Prize

As soon as Harvard biologist Kevin Esvelt began reading the scientific paper, he had a desperate question: Who are these guys?

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When the Dust Settles

Eva Hershaw
PUBLISHED BY: Texas Monthly ON September 1, 2016
NASW Science in Society Award

After Texas Tech researchers discovered that windstorms may be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria from local feedlots, public health experts stood up and took notice. So did the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.






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Storygram: Amy Maxmen’s “How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture’s Traditions”

Amy Maxmen • October 3, 2017
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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How A Lone Hacker Shredded the Myth of Crowdsourcing

Mark Harris
PUBLISHED BY: Backchannel ON February 9, 2015
AAAS Kavli Award

Meet Adam. He’s a mid-level engineer at a mid-level software company in a cookie-cutter California office park. …






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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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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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