Category: Science & Health

This is what wind on Mars sounds like

Last week, after a harrowing 6.5-minute self-guided descent, NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars to begin its two-year investigation of Martian geology. And today, we learned the lander has sent back what, according to NASA is, the first-ever audio dispatch from Mars: a recording of the sound of the wind on the Martian surface. […]

Advice for aspiring explainer journalists

One of the ongoing agonies of being a journalist is that aspiring journalists frequently write you and ask for advice: “What would you say to a young journalist starting out? How do I break into journalism?” I call it an agony not because it’s an annoyance, not because there’s anything wrong with it, not because […]

Needle exchanges help combat the opioid crisis. But officials keep shutting them down.

A California court halted Orange County’s only needle exchange program this week — a decision that illustrates the challenges these programs face despite significant evidence for their benefits. In issuing a preliminary injunction, state Judge Joel Wohlfeil stopped the Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) from operating. The program planned to operate mobile needle exchanges […]

CRISPR gene-edited babies have arrived, according to a Chinese scientist

A Chinese scientist has reported he’s created the world’s first gene-edited babies, an announcement that’s shocked the scientific community because it defies an unofficial international moratorium on editing human embryos intended for a pregnancy. He Jiankui, a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, is claiming to have used the revolutionary […]

It’s still not safe to eat romaine lettuce

Last week, just days before Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a stark warning against romaine lettuce. The agency warned that no one in the United States should eat romaine, due to a recent outbreak of the bacteria E. coli believed to be linked to its consumption. The CDC advised that people […]