Readying for Ebola: How U.S. hospitals are gearing up

Fed­eral health-​​​​care offi­cials, hos­pital admin­is­tra­tors and emergency-​​​​care doc­tors are preparing for the first cases of Ebola here in the United States. Experts say it’s not a ques­tion of if, but […]

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Can watching the Olympics make us fitter?

As spec­tator sports, Olympic events make hearts race and palms sweat as viewers vic­ar­i­ously expe­ri­ence the thrill of vic­tory and the agony of defeat. But can watching some of the […]

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Giving Speechless People a Unique Voice

Per­haps the two most famous speech­less indi­vid­uals are physi­cist Stephen Hawking and the late Robert Ebert, a film critic. To com­mu­ni­cate with other indi­vid­uals, both men used com­puters that generated […]

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Termites Create Their Own Antibiotics

Rebeca Rosen­gaus also studies ter­mites and is an asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Marine and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ences at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. She told Dis­covery News: “A variety of insects — […]

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Diana Nyad’s Record Swim Questioned, But Why?

In modern times, skep­ti­cism has spiked with every new example of cheating, such as the use of performance-​​​​enhancing drugs. Even as our cul­ture ele­vates ath­letes to super­star status and follows […]

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How Close Are We to Going Off the Deep End?

A 2003 study by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers James Alan Fox and Jack Levin found that only 3 to 4 per­cent of all acts of homi­cide involve mul­tiple vic­tims. It’s impos­sible to […]

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Mind Meld! Top Brain-​​Controlled Techs

Neu­ro­sci­en­tists are racing to per­fect brain-​​​​computer inter­faces and as they do, the line between sci-​​​​fi and reality blurs. Iron Man exoskele­tons, Matrix-​​​​style brain down­loads and Vulcan mind-​​​​melds feel within reach. “I […]

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If Lance Confesses, Will Bikers Still Dope?

But equally impor­tant, according to director of North­eastern University’s Sport in Society Dan Lebowitz, is mod­eling con­cil­ia­tory behavior — espe­cially in the case of an ath­lete like Arm­strong, whose career […]

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Crime Drops to an All-​​Time Low

Kids today may not be run­ning around the neigh­bor­hood without fear like Beaver Cleaver, but the country is in the midst of low levels of crime not seen in decades, […]

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Is Violence in Sports Inevitable?

The New Orleans Saints’ bounty-​​​​hunting scandal has rocked the NFL and pro­voked wide­spread out­rage about the eth­ical vio­la­tions involved in paying ath­letes to injure other players.

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