Life and Health

Live Long and Prosper

September 13, 2010

Live Long and Prosper

Martin Coates

National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettners, The Blue Zones, is his attempt to find out what it takes to achieve the aim of a long and prosperous life.

Smoking and Mental Health

May 17, 2010

Smoking and Mental Health

Alice Abler

The effects of smoking on physical health are well-documented, but new research is shedding light on the effects of smoking and tobacco use on mental health.

 

January 25, 2010

Drowning in Excess Nitrogen

Alice Abler

Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers have revolutionized worldwide food production, but after a century, environmentalists are sounding the alarm.

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.

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