Jake Denberg

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The Quest to End the Flu

The methods used to make flu vaccines are slow and sometimes unreliable, and new viruses threaten to outrun them. Can researchers find a way to stay ahead?<p>On April 28, 2009, a box containing a newly isolated virus showed up at Doris Bucher’s lab. She and her colleagues at New York Medical College …

Trash Food

Over the years I’ve known many people with nicknames, including Lucky, Big O, Haywire, Turtle Eggs, Hercules, two guys named Hollywood, and three …

Los Angeles

To Die of Having Lived

A neurological surgeon reflects on what patients and their families should and should not do when the end draws near<p>By Richard Rapport<p>March 1, …

Generation Adderall

Have you ever been to Enfield? I had never even heard of it until I was 23 and living in London for graduate school. One afternoon, I received notification that a package whose arrival I had been anticipating for days had been bogged down in customs and was now in a FedEx warehouse in Enfield, an …

Mind

Gene Editing Must Reckon With the Unforeseen - Facts So Romantic

Almost exactly a year ago, I attended the International Summit of Human Gene Editing at the National Academy of Sciences. It was organized in part by …

Genetics

Why can’t we treat mental illness by fixing the brain? – Joe Herbert

Our understanding and treatment of mental disorders is primitive. Why is that? The burden on our society is huge. A quarter of women will have an …

When A 14-Year-Old Chooses To Die Because Of Religion, Can Anyone Stop Him?

The first time I interviewed Dennis Lindberg, he was alone on a weekday evening. He had just turned 12, and he had set out Saltine crackers on a …

No, Native Americans aren't genetically more susceptible to alcoholism

Time to retire the 'firewater' fairytale<p>When Jessica Elm, a citizen of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, was studying for her master’s degree in social work, she frequently heard about how genes were responsible for the high risk of alcoholism among American Indians. But her own family’s …

Native Americans

The Surgeon Will Skype You Now

The tech for surgeons to operate on patients from hundreds or even thousands of miles away has been possible for over a decade. But will it ever become commonplace?<p>The surgeon, who has spent 15 minutes gently tearing through tissue, suddenly pauses to gesture ever-so-slightly with his tiny …

What Alzheimer’s Feels Like from the Inside - Issue 35: Boundaries

<i>This video is a finalist for a 2016 Webby Award. You can vote for it here.</i>I was up again at 4 a.m. the other night, one of five nocturnal ramblings …

Alzheimer's Disease

Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices – Saskia K Nagel Peter B Reiner

Like life itself, technologies evolve. So it is that the telephone became the smartphone, that near-at-hand portal to the information superhighway. …

Internet of Things

Who really pays for American students to go to college? – Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Individually, Americans spend a lot on higher education. Most undergraduates finish with about $30,000 in debt. It’s an average that calls into …

'Good' Jobs Aren't Coming Back

In the last several years some American companies have moved their operations back to the states, but the resulting factory work isn't providing the prosperity and security that such work once did.<p>SPRING HILL, Tenn.—The hulking General Motors factory in this town south of Nashville undermines the …

Where Are All The Autistic Women And Girls?

One in 100 people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, but there's a perception that it's a predominantly "male" condition.<p>“I am quite eloquent, I can chat to people – my job is all about communication and meeting new people every day,” says Emily Swiatek, 29, who was diagnosed with …

How the ‘war on drugs’ entrenches patterns of drug addiction

Since Richard Nixon famously called for an ‘all-out offensive’ on the war on drugs in 1971, the US government has funnelled a trillion dollars into …

We're capable of infinite memory, but where in the brain is it stored, and what parts help retrieve it?

<i>The brain is key to our existence, but there’s a long way to go before neuroscience can truly capture its staggering capacity. For now though, our</i> …

Taking children to an aquarium is a lesson in cruelty – Skye C Cleary

What could possibly be wrong with taking your child to an aquarium? It seems like an innocent enough pleasure. Most children love watching exotic …

When the Body Attacks the Mind

A physiological theory of mental illness<p>One day in February 2009, a 13-year-old boy named Sasha Egger started thinking that people were coming to hurt his family. His mother, Helen, watched with mounting panic that evening as her previously healthy son forgot the rules to Uno, his favorite card …

Immune System

The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb

There’s a fun game I like to play in a group of trusted friends called “Controversial Opinion.” The rules are simple: Don’t talk about what was …

Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat

I met this woman named Mae. She’s a van driver for a production company. She works 14-hour days but says she doesn’t mind, says she keeps one eye on …

Sandwiches

Understanding the Terrorism Threat

The threat from terrorism lingers fifteen years after the attacks on 9/11. Recent attacks in Brussels, Ankara, San Bernardino, and Paris have ignited …

The secret rules of the internet

That day Mora-Blanco came across something that stopped her in her tracks<p>They followed a guiding-light question: "Can I share this video with my family?"<p>Moderation is "a profoundly human decision-making process."<p>Even basic facts about the content moderation industry remain a mystery<p>The details of …

‘Creepypasta’ is how the internet learns our fears – Will Wiles

Not long ago, in a room very like this one (the setting of most of these stories is both familiar and vague), I was looking for the origin of a video …

The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud – Nicholas Carr

It was a scene out of an Ambien nightmare: a jackal with the face of Mark Zuckerberg stood over a freshly killed zebra, gnawing at the animal’s …

Silicon Valley