Liz Parsons

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Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid? — ProPublica

<i>This story was co-published with The Daily Beast.</i><p>In August 2009, Mindi, a 25-year-old struggling new parent, experienced what doctors later concluded …

Mental Health

Medicine and Its Metaphors

Image by Donald Urquhart<p>Whenever I complained of a sore throat as a child, my father would press his fingers gently behind my jawbone, checking for …

The Kitchen Network

America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers.<p>In a strip mall on a rural stretch of Maryland’s Indian Head Highway, a gaudy red façade shaped like a pagoda distinguishes a Chinese restaurant from a line of bland storefronts: a nail salon, a liquor store, and a laundromat. On a mild Friday …

Why plankton is the canary in the coal mine of our oceans – Peter Brannen

At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, snowdrifts piled up outside shuttered T-shirt shops, and wind and whitecaps …

Giving up on wilderness means a barren future for the Earth – Brandon Keim

Several years ago, I asked a biologist friend what she thought of a recently fashionable notion in environmentalist circles: that pristine nature was …

How do soldiers live with their feelings of guilt? – Kevin Sites

November 2004, against a shattered wall in south Fallujah in Iraq, with video rolling, I conduct a battlefield interview with US Marine Corporal …

Does each click of attention cost a bit of ourselves? – Tom Chatfield

How many other things are you doing right now while you’re reading this piece? Are you also checking your email, glancing at your Twitter feed, and …

Machine language: how Siri found its voice

GM Voices is nestled on a rolling, leafy road in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb of Atlanta. A recording studio specializing in voice-over work, it produces narration for corporate training videos, voicemail system prompts, and the like — not exactly sexy stuff, but steady, and for the best …

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood

To understand how people look for movies, the video service created 76,897 micro-genres. We took the genre descriptions, broke them down to their key words, … and built our own new-genre generator.<p>If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some …

Auto Correct

Has the self-driving car at last arrived?<p>Human beings make terrible drivers. They talk on the phone and run red lights, signal to the left and turn to the right. They drink too much beer and plow into trees or veer into traffic as they swat at their kids. They have blind spots, leg cramps, …

The Lyme Wars

The Lyme-disease infection rate is growing. So is the battle over how to treat it.<p>Kaleigh Ahern was twelve years old when a tick bit her. She noticed it “perched” on her shoulder when she was taking a shower one morning. “I thought it was your average, everyday bug,” Ahern told me recently. But, …

Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely?<p><b>A</b> …

Microbiology

'There are patterns in the language that are the language of suicide'

Back in the 1970s, as part of his own research, Shneidman asked a group of men at a union hall, “If you were going to commit suicide, what would you …

Bullying junior medical staff is one way to harm patients – Ilana Yurkiewicz

He comes to the operating room late, greets no one, and berates the nurse for not setting up the stepstools the way he likes. He tells the resident …

The Germ Theory of Democracy, Dictatorship, and Your Cherished Beliefs

269<p>SHARES<p>One morning last fall, the evolutionary biologist Randy Thornhill was standing with me in front of the gorilla enclosure at the Albuquerque …

On Being Gay In Medicine: A Leading Harvard Pediatrician’s Story

Dr. Mark Schuster, Harvard Medical School professor and Chief of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston<p><i>Dr. Mark Schuster is the William</i> …

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

The dinosaurs were killed during the Fifth Extinction — which scientists suspect was caused by an asteroid. Now, we are living through an epoch that many scientists describe as the Sixth Extinction, and this time, human activity is the culprit. As one scientist put it: We're the asteroid.<p>Elizabeth …