Cutts: Vax-Derived Polio

Cutts: Vax-Derived Polio

For VOA, Elise Cutts (@EliseCutts) explains vaccine-derived poliovirus — implicated in the recent outbreak in New York — and lays out the risks and benefits of the two forms of vaccine: inactivated polio vaccine, which is used in the U.S., and the oral polio vaccine,...
Richards: When Cancer Doesn’t Happen

Richards: When Cancer Doesn’t Happen

For Fred Hutch News Service, Sabrina Richards wrote a two-part series about how we are all peppered with cells bearing cancer-causing mutations … and yet, most of us are cancer-free. She looks at how cancer biologists came to better understand the complex processes,...
Scigliano: Roofs Vs. Climate Change

Scigliano: Roofs Vs. Climate Change

In The Atlantic, Eric Scigliano (@SeattleFlotsam) walks us through his recent decision to install a light-colored roof on his Seattle home to help cool his house and fight climate change — and investigates why these roofs aren’t more widely used given their clear...
Gaines: Prairie Madness

Gaines: Prairie Madness

Those who arrived from the East to farm the Great Plains in the 19th century did not have easy lives, and contemporary writers spoke of the mental illness, or “Prairie Madness,” experienced by many of them. James Gaines (@the_jmgaines) writes for Atlas Obscura about a...
Geiger: Reptile Evolution

Geiger: Reptile Evolution

For Science News, Beth Geiger writes about research linking rapid reptile evolution to shifts in climate. Geiger describes how the scientists precisely measured characteristics of a thousand fossils in 20 countries, comparing them to historical data on sea-surface...