Using stories from science’s past to understand our world
The Hidden Cost to Their Magic
Humans have a masochistic love of capsaicin, a molecule responsible for the burn in hot peppers. That connection could be a key to pain relief.
Historian Ingrid Ockert makes a case for the spoken word.
Gene editing promises to revolutionize medicine. But how safe is safe enough for the patients testing these therapies?
The blaze that sparked the modern environmental movement . . . or did it?
Charles Mann’s latest book traces how scientists William Vogt and Norman Borlaug took very different approaches to feeding the world and how their feuding ideas anticipated today’s environmental debates.
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