Archive for August, 2011

Maryn McKenna describes life as “Scary-Disease Girl”

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For nearly all her career, journalist and author Maryn McKenna has written about public health, from Midwest droughts to bird flu to Gulf War Syndrome. While covering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McKenna got the nickname “Scary-Disease Girl,” a moniker that befits the infectious disease beat she has […]

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Susan Dominus delves into the lives and minds of a remarkable pair of conjoined twins

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New York Times Magazine staff writer Susan Dominus spent five days with the family of Tatiana and Krista Hogan, 4-year-old twins who are joined at the head. Observing Tatiana and Krista as they played, fought, ate, and slept, Dominus emerged with a gripping portrait of the girls’ everyday lives, revealing both their astonishing connection and […]

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Meredith Wadman probes the aftermath of a shooting

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On Friday, February 12, 2010, biologist Amy Bishop stood up in a conference room at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and shot six of her colleagues; three died. Nature correspondent Meredith Wadman visited the campus to recount the horror of those moments and efforts to rebuild a shattered department. [Life After Death appeared in […]

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Adam Rutherford eulogizes the space shuttle

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Knowing that NASA would soon cease operating its shuttles, Nature’s video team decided to create a music video showing each flight in chronological order. What began as a labor of love soon descended into months of slogging through VHS tapes, but the final product scored some 80,000 hits in its first week online. Here, team […]

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