Posts Tagged ‘“Best” Series’

Steve Silberman Finds the Placebo Effect Is … Pretty Sweet

In medicine, the phrase “the placebo effect” is often prefaced by the word “just”—as though the word “placebo” were a synonym for a psychological trick or a fraud, nothing more than an annoying complication for companies running drug trials. But as longtime Wired contributor Steve Silberman discovered while writing about the increasing placebo effect in […]

David Grimm Covers Nuclear Fallout, Horse Brains, Mummified Remains, and Wine—All in One Story

Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm profiles research using radioactive isotopes from atomic bomb fallout to pursue an astounding variety of scientific questions. His story for Science, which was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009, reveals how sticking with an elusive story can bring a big payoff. [The Mushroom Cloud’s Silver […]

David Dobbs Examines a Provocative New Theory of How Genes Shape Behavior

In a story selected for The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2010, freelance science journalist David Dobbs explores the “orchid hypothesis”: the tantalizing idea that certain variants of some behavioral genes can either increase children’s risk for psychiatric and behavioral problems or enable them to flourish spectacularly. Moving from ornery toddlers to a troop […]

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