Victoria Aravindhan

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200 Years of Americana in Detroit

Detroit may be going through a rough patch, but that shouldn’t overshadow its two centuries of cultural influence. A new exhibit in New York is an …

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

Earth Science

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World

Civilization was powered by the humble chicken, says author.<p>For most of us, the word "chicken" spells a cold, clammy slab of plastic-wrapped white meat plucked out of the refrigerated section of our local supermarket. But in the ancient world, and in many cultures today, chickens had deep religious …

FDA Plans To Lift Lifetime Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

Well, kind of… the proposed rule change still has some stipulations<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to lift its long-held ban on men who have had sex with men from donating blood, the agency announced today. However, the FDA still wants men to pledge they haven't had sex with another man …

Medical Journals