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Brooke Borel

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Technology

What will sports look like in the future? How science + technology are changing the limits of the human body and the shape of competitionWhat will sports look like in the future? How science + technology are changing the limits of the human body and the shape of competition

Posted By Brooke Borel

If you’ve ever seen grainy old sports footage—for example, a boxing match from the late 1800s, a Princeton/Yale game from 1903, or Babe Ruth’s famous home run from 1932—you probably noticed something: how different the game looks, compared to its modern counterpart. The equipment looks too clunky, the uniforms impossibly baggy. Even the bodies of […]

Q&A

This college freshman is a cancer detective: A Q&A with Brittany WengerThis college freshman is a cancer detective: A Q&A with Brittany Wenger

Posted By Brooke Borel

When Brittany Wenger was a sophomore in high school, her cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer. She saw firsthand how the disease strikes a woman and her family, and she wanted to help. While some of us might offer to bake a casserole or lend a listening ear, Brittany went the extra mile: She created […]

Q&A

The high schooler who invented a promising test for pancreatic cancer: A Q&A with ‘teenage optimist’ Jack AndrakaThe high schooler who invented a promising test for pancreatic cancer: A Q&A with ‘teenage optimist’ Jack Andraka

Posted By Brooke Borel

Jack Andraka is not your typical teenager. The soon-to-be high school junior spends his free time in the science lab concocting better, cheaper ways to spot disease. One such project — a test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer — won Andraka first place in the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. As […]

Science

Talking with animals: 7 examples of interspecies communicationTalking with animals: 7 examples of interspecies communication

Posted By Brooke Borel

Dolphins are “natural acousticians,” according to marine mammal behavioral biologist Denise Herzing. Individuals have signature whistles, just as we have names, and they can also send buzzes and tickles across long distances to physically signal one another. Echolocation clicks help them navigate in the water, and they erupt in bursts of squawks during fights. They […]

Science

Not just for April Fools’ Day: 8 winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, whose scientific works sounds funny but is actually perfectly serious, mostlyNot just for April Fools’ Day: 8 winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, whose scientific works sounds funny but is actually perfectly serious, mostly

Posted By Brooke Borel

In 1995, Kees Moeliker heard a loud bang coming from the Natural History Museum Rotterdam’s new wing. He knew exactly what it was. A curator at the museum, Moeliker had gotten used to the sound of birds hitting the glass exterior of the new wing, and had even taken to stuffing the dead birds for […]

Science

9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses

Posted By Brooke Borel

When you pop a pill, do you know how it works? Most modern drugs target specific molecules, interacting with disease at the molecular level. But while we know the molecular causes of roughly 4,000 diseases, a very slim 6 percent of those diseases have a safe and effective drug to treat them. Why? Because of […]

Health

10 talks to help you better understand cancer10 talks to help you better understand cancer

Posted By Brooke Borel

When you hear the word “cancer,” what do you think about? And how do you know what you think you know? Do you think of cancer as a disease of the old or as something that can affect anyone, as a death sentence or as a surmountable twist of fate? When you picture someone with […]