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By monitoring sewage, scientists can track disease outbreaks in near real time. But will the technology leave long-term privacy risks in its wake?
Can a White House conference muster the political will needed to address the nation’s food insecurity and obesity crises? A summit from 1969 offers clues.
In the mid-20th century, colleagues-turned-rivals Maria Telkes and Hoyt Hottel engineered new ways of heating American homes.
India’s vultures have been driven to the brink of extinction in a matter of decades. Their loss threatens the well-being of the country’s human population.
Distillations talks to the 2019 Othmer Gold Medal winner about her work using nanotechnology to detect and treat disease.
Gene editing promises to revolutionize medicine. But how safe is safe enough for the patients testing these therapies?
Distillations talks to the biochemist about the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, the tool’s promise, and dangers of its misuse.
The latest painkiller revival has left a trail of bodies, with no end in sight.
Making eco-friendly cement is easy; the hard part comes later.
A painting bears the mark of Nazi brutality but also speaks to our capacity for kindness and bravery.
Is the mayonnaise substitute Just Mayo the future of food or just another product from the hype machine?
How a Republican president ushered in the EPA.
How do we think about a world that doesn’t yet exist?
Is there any truth in truth serums?
The forgotten life of the scoundrel who created modern concrete.
Apart from being one of the latest fashions in food, what exactly is sous vide?