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Who Lives and Who Dies

"What’s it like to be giving birth at home, and see blood pooling between your legs, and look up at the ashen faces of a birth attendant, a midwife, a spouse? What’s it like to feel the earth tremble and see the roof and walls of your home or school fall towards you? More to the point, in terms of survival: what happens next? It depends. Not just on the severity of the injury, but on who and where you are."

Thursday, January 29

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The Surprising History of Hippy Crack

People have been having fun with nitrous oxide—often in the name of science—since its discovery more than 240 years ago.

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Dying To Be Free

Twelve-step programs treat alcohol and drugs according to the same principles. But heroin changes the way the brain works. If there’s a medication that treats heroin addiction, why aren’t we using it?

Tuesday, January 27

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Wake No More

Living with hypersomnia, a disorder marked by sleeping dozens of hours straight and still never feeling truly awake.

Monday, January 26

Sunday, January 25

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A Gospel According to the Earth

Sown by science, a new eco-faith takes root.

Friday, January 23

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Can the Siberian Tiger Make a Comeback?

In Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earth.

Wednesday, January 21

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"Food Is a Death Sentence to These Kids"

People with Prader-Willi syndrome, caused by a genetic defect, always feel as though they’re starving. How can you condition them to control their appetites when temptation is everywhere?

Tuesday, January 20

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U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit

“Easy care” sheep, crushed piglets, and starving calves. These are the products of a remote research center where scientists are trying to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry.

Wednesday, January 14

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How Intel Gave Stephen Hawking a Voice

Designing technology that allows ALS patients to communicate.

Tuesday, January 13

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My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

How mental illness reshapes a marriage.

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"I Don't Know If I'm Already Infected"

Sheikh Humarr Khan was a globally renowned expert in tropical diseases, and the hero who ran Sierra Leone’s worst Ebola ward. So why, when he finally fell ill, was he denied the extraordinary treatments that could have saved him?