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Producer at Medium

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An Impossible Scenario: Scientists Watch as Heat Moves at the Speed of Sound

A rare phenomenon seen in just a handful of materials at forbidding temperatures has been detected within “warm” graphite — a finding that…

A Common Anesthetic Could Ease PTSD and Other Stress Disorders

Propofol reduces the intensity of traumatic memories

Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prize-Winning Physicist Says

In conversation, the 2019 Templeton Prize winner does not pull punches on the limits of science, the value of humility and the…

As Scientists Probe the Mystery of How Newborns Develop Immunity, Order Rises from the Chaos

New studies take the most comprehensive look yet into immune system activity immediately after birth

Sound by the Pound: Surprising Discovery Hints Sonic Waves Carry Mass

Some sounds might possess a tiny but measurable amount of negative gravitational mass

A Reason to be Skeptical of the Workplace Wellness Industry

New study finds no changes in health care costs

Going with the Flow: Waterfalls Can Form Spontaneously

Understanding how these breathtaking features form helps scientist interpret geologic history

Radioactive Glass Beads May Tell the Terrible Tale of How the Fukushima Meltdown Unfolded

The microscopic particles unleashed by the plant’s explosions are also a potential environmental and health concern

Mind Your “Fs” and “Vs”: Agriculture May Have Shaped Both Human Jaws and Language

Eating porridge and cheese appears to have changed our bite to enable the vocal tract to produce new sounds

An Hour of Light and Sound a Day Might Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay

Playing a flashing white light and a trilling sound reversed signs of Alzheimer’s in mice. Researchers are now trying it in humans.

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