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The Science Mystique

Many of my German high school teachers were intellectual remnants of the “68er” movement. They had either been part of the 1968 anti-authoritarian and left-wing student protests in…
AUTHOR:Sisyphos
PUBLISHED: July 26, 2014
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2958 words)

Life is Short; Art is Shorter – The Los Angeles Review of Books

Image: “Daughter of The Circus” (detail) by Michael Garlington. © Courtesy of the photographer. Real Life AT A VERY EARLY AGE I knew I wanted to be a writer. At six or seven, I…
PUBLISHED: May 2, 2011
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2912 words)

The Bridge and the Water

Suicide survivors on the uncanny allure of the Golden Gate. Image from Flickr via miggslives In 1975 Dr. David Rosen conducted a psychiatric study among six people who were known to have survived…
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4356 words)

The Road to Bad Science Is Paved with Obedience and Secrecy

We often laud intellectual diversity of a scientific research group because we hope that the multitude of opinions can help point out flaws and improve the quality of research long before it is…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3503 words)

Physician-Scientists: An Endangered Species?

Can excellent scientists be excellent physicians at the same time? “I would like to ask you about a trip to Thailand.” This is not the kind of question I expected from a patient in my…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2154 words)

The Stress of Aging

How do I knock off thirty years from my age? Faust, the protagonist in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous play, poses this question to Mephistopheles in the chapter Hexenküche…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1615 words)
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Monday, June 30, 2014

by Jalees Rehman We often laud intellectual diversity of a scientific research group because we hope that the multitude of opinions can help point out flaws and improve the quality of research long…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3579 words)

A Pacifist at War: An Unlikely Leader's Success in Congo

On a Monday morning in late October, Martin Kobler is sitting in an armored personnel carrier, bumping along National Road No. 2 from Kiwanja to Rutshuru, which is more of a path than a main road. It…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 14, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1602 words)

The True Price of a Pork Chop

By Susanne Amann, Michael Fröhlingsdorf and Udo Ludwig Germany slaughters 58 million pigs a year and has built an efficient meat industry second only to the US in pork exports. Its optimized…
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5806 words)