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The Boy with Half a Brain

To save William Buttars’s life, his parents had to risk it.

Thursday, August 28

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The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion

Almost 40 percent of the world’s population lives in countries with limits on abortion. Activists like Rebecca Gompert imagine a future where those limits are meaningless because most abortions happen at home.

Monday, August 25

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The Aftershocks

How seven Italian scientists came to be convicted of manslaughter following a catastrophic quake.

Sunday, August 24

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Disaster Aversion

The quest to control hurricanes.

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Disaster Aversion

The quest to control hurricanes.

Tuesday, August 19

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DIY Diagnosis

Kim Goodsell had a pair of rare diseases. Doctors didn’t have the time to look for a link. So she taught herself genetics and found it herself.

Wednesday, August 13

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The Price of Cold

On frozen dumplings, industrial freezers, and what the future could hold after China’s burgeoning refrigeration boom.

Monday, August 11

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The Limits of Compassion

On PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the experience of covering AIDS in Africa.

Monday, July 28

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The New Face of Richard Norris

The postscript to a miracle.

Thursday, July 24

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Sequenced in the U.S.A.

A tenth of Kannapolis, North Carolina, residents were laid off after the local textile mill closed. A billionaire bought the mill and turned it into a mecca for biotechnology and life sciences research. Now many residents are human research subjects.