Life and Health

Feeding Our Nitrogen Addiction

January 25, 2010

Feeding Our Nitrogen Addiction

Alice Abler

Farmers, gardeners and scientific scholars understand that nitrogen is one of the most important plant foods. But are artificial means the answer?

Muller and DDT: Mulling Over Muller

October 13, 2009

Paul Hermann Müller: Mulling Over Müller

Alice Abler

DDT had no practical use until Paul Hermann Müller, a chemist working in Basel, Switzerland, discovered that it was an effective contact insecticide.

Heal Thyself: The Answer to Aging?

September 11, 2009

Heal Thyself: The Answer to Aging?

Dan Cloer

Until only the last few years, it was dogma that differentiated body cells could not be coaxed back to a pluripotent or stem-like state.

Life and Health: Turning Back the Hands of Time

September 11, 2009

Turning the Hands of Time

Dan Cloer

Researchers are investigating an array of biochemical fixatives that propose to increase longevity.

Interview with Robert Nathan: A Forever Question and Challenge

Summer 2009

A Forever Question and Challenge

Gina Stepp

In his semi-retirement from a long career focusing on outer space, scientist Robert Nathan is focusing on how humans can extend their life on earth.

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Summer 2009

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Martin Coates

Aging and death are part of life—or are they? Science is telling us that it may soon be possible to extend life indefinitely. But is that what we really want?

Navigating the Nutrition Facts Label

July 6, 2009

Navigating the Nutritional Facts Label

Regina Meyer

Part of the task of looking our best involves paying attention to what we eat. And learning about food and nutrition is the first step to healthy eating.

Swine Flu Pandemic

April 29, 2009

Swine Flu: Is A Pandemic Inevitable?

Alice Abler

The past few years have had their share of potential pandemic scares. But as those threats subside, apprehension of the next potentially deadly virus is upon us. 

Obesity: An Ounce of Prevention

November 12, 2008

Obesity: An Ounce of Prevention

Alice Abler

Both on an individual level and on a global level, the time to take care of soaring obesity rates is before they careen out of control.

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