A visitor to China may well notice the country’s smog problem as the plane descends. Smog levels in large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai frequently dwarf those of other metropolitan...

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The work required the mind of an engineer and the hands of a surgeon. Axel Nimmerjahn had both. It was 2002 when Nimmerjahn, then a graduate student at the Max Planck...

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The clock started ticking for T. Wilson in 2008, when she turned 36. She had been divorced for seven years, and as a trainee surgeon she barely had time to sleep,...

In spring 2007, half-a-dozen scientists huddled around a laptop at a pub in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, to see the preliminary results from the largest ever genetic study of multiple...

A tight budget in William Dalton’s lab in the mid-1990s led to a major discovery. His group was investigating the drug resistance that inevitably occurred in patients with multiple myeloma, a...

At a walkathon one Saturday in September, nearly 5,000 people traced two miles of Chicago’s lakefront to raise money for research into the progressive nerve disease that is thought to have...

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In January, Max Versace and Heather Ames were busy with two newborns: their son Gabriel and Animat, a virtual rat. Like all babies, when Gabriel was born his brain allowed him...

At age 8, Corey Haas stood at square one of a floor maze at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Black and white squares covered the ground, with an arrow on each...