The next agent orange: why is the US military making its soldiers sick?

A story two years in the making for me, and a four-month project for several of us at The Verge. Read.

Breast Intentions? New study spurs debate over online breast milk sales

Come for the headline, stay for the story.

Breast Intentions? New study spurs debate over online breast milk sales

Come for the headline, stay for the story.

A day at Genius Camp: getting dumb in Einstein's paradise

My eyes are glazing over. It’s been less than 10 minutes since I slinked into the last row of chairs inside this makeshift outdoor auditorium, where a young woman with a tightly-bound ponytail and a sharp German accent is motoring through a series of PowerPoint slides. Holomorphic modular forms. A partition of a positive integer nRamanujan congruences. I always had a knack for math, but my AP algebra training isn’t helping much as I attempt to understand how one indecipherable equation can explain other indecipherable equations that somehow illustrate a point about that first equation and how if you then account for the eigenvalue that’ll bring us all back to Weak Maass Form and did she just invent all of these symbols to fuck with everyone?

WOAH. Brain-eating amoebas. There’s a story there.

WOAH. Brain-eating amoebas. There’s a story there.

Beyond recognition: the incredible story of a face transplant

My first feature for The Verge is here. I’ve never been so proud of anything I’ve written. Read it, and watch the video.

How to prevent an astronaut bloodbath on Mars? I’ll tell you how. 
Via @thisistheverge

How to prevent an astronaut bloodbath on Mars? I’ll tell you how

Via @thisistheverge

Dangerous minds: new research unravels the brains of psychopaths

Another old story for you to read! Enjoy. 

What goes on inside the brain of a psychopath? One new study, the latest in a line of controversial recent research tackling that question, offers yet another clue about how the grey matter of individuals diagnosed with psychopathy — a complex personality disorder often characterized by impulsive behavior, lack of remorse, and antisocial tendencies — might be “hardwired” differently than those who don’t fit the profile.

Star search: a non-profit group wants to send four people to Mars... forever

I wrote this a few months ago…but you can read it today if you haven’t already!

A mere decade from now, humankind will be an interplanetary species. At least according to the founders of Mars One, a Dutch non-profit aiming to send four people to the red planet in 2023 — and leave them there. The goal? For those intrepid settlers to develop an autonomous, self-sustaining society.

The Special K cure: new tests show club drug's promise for treating severe depression

This week, investigators behind the largest clinical trial on ketamine yet — an evaluation of 72 patients out of Baylor College of Medicine and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine — announced the impressive results of their new study at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

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