Olivia Buchanan

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What I’m Reading: Genetics Professor Nazneen Rahman

<i>Named Britain’s third most influential woman of 2014, Professor Nazneen Rahman has amassed some impressive achievements in a relatively short career: she’s Professor of Human Genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research, Head of the Clinical Genetics Department at Royal Marsden Hospital, Fellow of</i> …

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Panda Cubs Make Debut Appearance in Ya’an China

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What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

FDA Issues Warning About Hackable Medical Devices

Drug pump may be the first to receive such a warning, but it won’t be the last<p>Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety notice: an infusion pump, used in hospitals all over the country, is vulnerable to cyber attack. The FDA “strongly encourage[s]” hospitals to discontinue their …

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …