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How Do You Build A Genius? (September 6, 2015)

Parents might think raising the next wunderkind means elite preschools and Baby Bach, but cracking the code might actually be far more complicated. 


Why Doctors Are Playing With Life-Size Dolls (August 19, 2015)

Mannequins that can sweat, bleed and even give birth might make your doctor or nurse less likely to mess up.


The New Treatments That Could Transform Speech Therapy (August 5, 2015)

Today, scientists are rushing to identify the DNA sequences, synapses and other biomarkers of speech problems, and their work could herald a huge drop in the incidence of speech disorders.


The Scientist Who Chose Love (June 4, 2015)

A Johns Hopkins University professor wants to develop a tool with major ramifications for how doctors diagnose and treat mental illness. 


Dang, Your 2-Year-Old is Mean (May 28, 2015)

Don’t feel too guilty about wanting your frenemy’s startup to bomb. We might be hardwired for it.


This is the Selfie That Could Save Your Life (May 7, 2015)

Engineer Keisuke Goda has built the world’s fastest camera. It can see cancer cells that are about to spread.


Turning Manure Into Gold: The Fecal Economy (April 21, 2015)

Fecal transplants and drinking water distilled from septic tanks — make way for the new poo-conomy. (Also published on


This Teen Playwright Could Eradicate Hunger (April 9, 2015)

With Kalia Firester’s wildly prolific creative output — and investigations of genetic engineering for healthy crops — we’re calling her “Firestarter.”


A Child Genius With a Thing For Explosions (March 26, 2015)

One 17-year-old with a penchant for science and rebellion could change 137 million lives for the better. (Also published on


The Goo That's Good for Teeth (March 19, 2015)

Cleaning our teeth with mucus could be the future of dental hygiene.


What if Cancer Simply Can't Be Cured? (August 12, 2014)

A recent Nature Communications study found that cancer has evolved for hundreds of millions of years — suggesting that it will probably always exist. (Also published on


Vaccinating Addiction Away (February 25, 2014)

Promising new research suggests that treatment for a devastating drug addiction might come in the form of a vaccine.




Arts & Culture


Kali Uchis, Pop's Low-Rider Princess (July 13, 2015)

Are you missing soul sirens like Adele and Amy Winehouse, but craving something with a more modern, street-wise edge? Meet Kali Uchis. (Also published on Yahoo! News)


Tasha Reign Wants You to Feel Good About Feeling Good (October 16, 2014)

Porn actress and entrepreneur Tasha Reign wants to shatter the walls between adult and mainstream entertainment — and for you to feel good about it.


Electronic Dance Music's Divine Transformation (September 18, 2014)

For some Christians, raves aren’t about wearing itty-bitty getups or dropping E — they’re a way to feel closer to God.


The Rise of Polyamory (July 17, 2014)

Polyamory’s growth in popularity could shake up the dating world.


This Girl is Breaking the Silence of the Female Rap Scene (July 5, 2014)

With the exception of Nicki Minaj and just a handful of other up-and-comers, the mainstream female rap scene has remained pretty quiet since the early 2000s. Until now. 


Food & Drink


Will Raising Wages and Abolishing Tips Fix the Restaurant Industry? (May 15, 2015)

Some owners are saying no to stolen wages, bullying and other long-accepted kitchen ills. (Also published on


How a Japanese Chemist Sparked a Whiskey Empire (April 22, 2015)

Japanese drams might be recent arrivals to the Western drinking scene, but the country has been distilling whiskey for nearly a century. (Also published in The Huffington Post)


The Art of Making (And, Of Course, Drinking) Ancient Booze (February 21, 2015)

Archaeologists, beer brewers and winemakers are making it possible to swill the alcohol of our ancestors. 


Rise of the Culinary Y-Combinators (March 12, 2014)

Kitchen incubators like La Cocina give low-income entrepreneurs the chance to cook up their culinary dreams — creating a more vibrant food scene that appeals to everyone’s palates. 






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