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Ragweed Is On The Move

By Marlene Cimons Kristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her ...

Chasing Truth (Part 1): Taxi Rides & Plastic Plants

“环保 (huánbǎo)? Environmental Protection? That’s good. We need that here.” The cab driver nodded his head in approval. “你看 (Nǐ kàn), Look, there’s trash everywhere.” I glanced out the window. We were heading north on Taoyuan’s ...

No Break for South Sudan: Clinic Goes Up, Violence Rains Down

As we approached the end of 2013, we looked forward to sharing inspiring news of our completed medical clinic in Old Fangak, South Sudan. In recent weeks though, there has been news of violent military conflict in this recently independent country ...

Can We See the Invisible, Together?

About three years ago, I was staring at a monitor wall of 2 million crowdsourced “clues” to identify archaeological tombs in Mongolia when three people in black suits walked up and stopped in their tracks.  Two of them were from the ...

5 Animals With Spectacular Sniffers

You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies ...

Synthetic Chemical From Bears Could Stall Onset of Diabetes

The American Association for the Advancement of Science wrote about the connection between TUDCA and bear bile in its press release concerning type 1 diabetes. The association has since removed this reference. Bear bile has a historical and contextual relationship to ...

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are ...

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are ...

How Do Blind Mole Rats Avoid Cancer?

By Monika Joshi Their eyes and ears seem to be missing, but that’s not the only thing that makes blind mole rats an odd bunch. The furry rodents are also highly resistant to cancer, a new study says—raising ...