Getty Images The Tasmanian devil is famous for two things. One, it’s ornery as all hell. And two, it’s the unfortunate carrier of a nasty transmissible form of cancer–one that causes deadly facial tumors. Since..
Ashley Mackenzie for Quanta Magazine In 1995, while he was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, the biomedical scientist Peter Friedl saw something so startling it kept him awake for several nights. Coordinated..
Getty Images Every summer, the nation’s blood supply dips. No one wants to take a break from the family vacation to pump out a pint–no matter how good the recovery cookies are. But this year’s..
Getty Images Late last week, a group of scientists published some pre-review research indicating that people were more likely to use low-saturation Instagram filters like Inkwell when feeling depressed. Well, obviously, says Picasso. Groundbreaking stuff,..
Getty Images “I actually hate the taste of mushrooms,” says Josh Hahn, as he flicks on the lights in the clean room. Which is funny, because Hahn’s livelihood depends on fungi. Here, inside the lab..
Mothers and their babies wait at a health center that provides polio vaccines in Abeokuta, Nigeria, on June 11, 2014.Hannibal Hanschke/DPA/Zuma Last week, the WHO confirmed that polio had sprung up in Nigeria and paralyzed..
Anti-Zika graffiti signage on a wall in front of a housing project in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on August 7, 2016. The signs were part of an island-wide effort organized by grassroots groups and local..
Getty Images What do you when you’re so clearly winning? When you’ve crushed your competitors and left them fighting over crumbs? If you’re Illumina, the biotech giant whose name has become synonymous with DNA sequencing..
A diver trains after the diving pool’s water turned green at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center on August 10, 2016. Matt Dunham/AP First the Olympic diving pool in Rio turned green, and that was weird…
A slice of Henry Molaison’s brain. The Institute for Brain and Society Like many students of neuroscience, I first learned of patient HM in a college lecture. His case was so strange yet so illuminating,..