Science

Mind Theorist

Scientific American • December 2012

Have you ever stopped to consider what a brilliant mind reader you are? If someone in your field of view experiences a sudden happy thought

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Do Plants Think?

Mind Matters • June 2012

How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, “What a Plant Knows,” by Daniel Chamovitz, director of

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Inconvenient truth

Boston Globe • March 2012

PEOPLE HAVE offered many suggestions for dealing with climate change. There have been international political agreements, and attempts at market-based solutions. Some have suggested the

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Reverse Engineering the Human Brain

Mind Matters • March 2012

What makes us who we are? Where is our personal history recorded, or our hopes? What explains autism or schiziphrenia or remarkable genius? Sebastian Seung

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The Brain, Weaponized

Boston Globe • February 2012

ONE BY one, the disciplines of science have lost their innocence. For chemistry, the defining moment came during World War I, when the Germans unleashed

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Why Scientists are Boycotting a Publisher

Boston Globe • February 2012

THE SCIENTIFIC community finds itself at the beginning of its own Arab Spring. At stake are values that all Americans hold dear: the free flow

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The Brittle Star's Apprentice

Scientific American • February 2012

AMONG THE FIRST things you notice when you step into the corner office of Harvard University professor Joanna Aizenberg are the playthings. Behind her desk

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The Standing Cure

Boston Globe • January 2012

LAST WEEK came what passes for good news in the fight against fat. Over the last decade, the government reported, Americans have not become more

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Good Bugs in our Body

Boston Globe • November 2011

MOST OF US look at bacteria as the enemy. They are the invisible things that lay in wait all around us - clinging to food,

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How Crowdsourcing is Changing Science

Boston Globe • November 2011

At the end of the 19th century, a team of British archeologists happened upon what is now one of the world’s most treasured trash dumps. The

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Harvard alters its approach to scientific study

Boston Globe • January 2007

The Harvard University corporation will devote $50 million to begin an ambitious effort to encourage interdisciplinary science research, signaling the governing board's determination to make

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Old Script Rewrites New World History

Boston Globe • September 2006

Scientists announced yesterday that they have discovered ancient writing, carved in stone, that dramatically pushes back the dawn of writing in the Americas. The Cascajal block,

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MIT Star Accused by 11 Colleagues

Boston Globe • July 2006

By Marcella Bombardieri and Gareth Cook Eleven MIT professors have accused a powerful colleague, a Nobel laureate, of interfering with the university's efforts to hire a

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Stem cells seen driving tumors

Boston Globe • December 2004

Stem cells have become famous for their ability to heal, spurring hopes that they might one day cure Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, and a

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New technique eyed in stem-cell debate

Boston Globe • November 2004

With the nation deadlocked over the morality of using human embryos for research, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics is quietly promoting a

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From adult stem cells comes debate

Boston Globe • November 2004

David Prentice, a senior fellow with the Family Research Council, appeared before a Senate committee this fall to share some good news about stem cells. Around

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Harvard teams want OK to clone Human — cell work would be first in nation

Boston Globe • October 2004

Two separate teams of Harvard scientists are preparing to produce cloned embryos for disease research, and one has officially applied for permission from the university's

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Absence of data on clinic's therapies provokes skepticism

Boston Globe • September 2004

This sidebar ran with the article "Desperate parents chase a stem-cell miracle" in the Boston Globe. KIEV, Ukraine-- Is EmCell selling effective treatments? It can be

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Desperate parents chase a stem-cell miracle

Boston Globe • September 2004

SUTTON — Many children have dreams about flying — soaring on wings, maybe, or zooming around like Superman. James Rossetti, a blue-eyed 15-year-old, says he

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US stem cell research lagging

Boston Globe • May 2004

BRNO, Czech Republic -- Last spring, biologist Petr Dvorak's cellphone rang with the news that his lab, a simple cement building not far from the

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After 2 children via IVF, pair faced stem cell issue

Boston Globe • April 2004

WEYMOUTH — When the letter arrived last spring at this gray-shingled house by the water, it was a reminder of some of the most joyous

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