Behind the Barbed Wire of Manzanar: Guayule and the Search for Natural Rubber
Policy & Politics
At the onset of World War II the United States faced a sudden shortage of rubber, an essential wartime material. One concentrated effort to find a sustainable domestic source occurred in an unlikely place: a Japanese American internment camp in California.
Hashime Murayama and the Art of Saving Lives
A wildlife painter who ran afoul of xenophobic authorities during World War II found refuge and renewed purpose in the lab.
Young and Positive
Sophisticated drugs have enabled those with HIV to live long lives—as long as they take their medication.
A Forgotten Star
A discovery by Indian scientist and statesman Meghnad Saha revealed the nature of stars.
For Love of the Lab
Reatha Clark King wanted to be a research chemist, so she made the journey from the segregated South to Illinois. At the University of Chicago her dreams came true.
The Nurse Who Introduced Gloves to the Operating Room
Caroline Hampton and the forgotten origins of the first personal protective equipment.
Distilled #2: An Early (Gold-Plated!) Not-Quite-IUD
Tools & Technology
An early cervicouterine device—aka a pessary—that was a precursor to the IUD.