As artificial intelligence creeps further into people’s daily lives, so do worries about it. At the most alarmist are concerns about AI going rogue[1] and terminating its human masters.

But behind the calls for a pause on the development of AI[2] is a

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Hansen’s disease, also called leprosy[1], is treatable today – and that’s partly thanks to a curious tree and the work of a pioneering young scientist in the 1920s. Centuries prior to her discovery, sufferers had no remedy for leprosy’s debilitating

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Despite many efforts to find better, more effective ways to treat cancer, it remains a leading cause of death by disease[1] among children in the U.S.

Cancer patients are also getting younger. Cancer diagnoses among those under 50 has risen by about 80%

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative movement disorder that progresses relentlessly[1]. It gradually impairs a person’s ability to function until they ultimately become immobile and often develop dementia. In the U.S. alone, over a million people are

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Often, when scientists do research around a specific societal challenge, they hope their work will help solve that larger problem. Yet translating findings into long-lasting, community-driven solutions is much harder than most expect.

It seems intuitive that

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As a scientist, lab work can sometimes get monotonous. But in 2017, while a Ph.D. student of paleobiology at the University of Bristol in the U.K., I heard a gleeful exclamation from across the room. Kirsty Penkman[1], head of the North East Amino Acid

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The Himalayas stand as Earth’s highest mountain range[1], possibly the highest ever. How did it form? Why is it so tall?

You might think understanding big mountain ranges requires big measurements – perhaps satellite imaging[2] over tens or hundreds of

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