Archive for 2013

Digital breakthrough

Stop-action photos of a bullet shattering glass? No, the bullet and the glass are digital.

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Selling soap and saving souls

How white filmmakers misread black audiences in the early days of film.

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Wrapping up food safety

After missionaries working in anti-Christian areas asked for a self-contained package that included bread as a cup with wine or grape juice sealed inside. The idea: Leave no evidence behind after taking communion.

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Don’t be afraid

One day last summer, Bria Dawson walked into a clinic in Singapore and watched a patient take a needle in the eye.

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Roots and shoots

That smell, familiar but unexpected in a laboratory: just-cut grass, fresh fodder for livestock, the smell of chloroplasts breaking open.

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a valve for saving your heart

For twenty years, Naren Vyavahare has been dedicated to improving the treatments and procedures surrounding artificial heart valves.

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drive able

From the sweaty-palmed sixteen-year-old who just passed his driving test to the slow-moving eighty-six-year-old who still takes herself to the doctor, driving is the key to independence in America.

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the bullies of cyberspace

Cyberbullying is as real as traditional bullying—and as painful. Online, perceived anonymity is a dangerous weapon.

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a drop of water, a speck of coal

When water drop appears at the tip of the needle, an invisible force seems to seize it and float it in air.

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the web of science

A few strands of spider silk glisten like gold as they catch the light. Otherwise they are invisible. And 800 times stronger than steel.

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