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How to avoid ‘incidentalomas’

If you’re like me, you’re hearing an increasing number of stories from people who have undergone a medical imaging test for one set of symptoms, only to have the scan reveal “something suspicious” that’s not related at all to the symptoms.
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What science says about science deniers

Minnesota’s measles epidemic has now reached 20 confirmed cases (twice as many as occurred during all of the previous 10 years), including 13 hospitalizations.
And, as has been reported here and elsewhere, a misguided fear of vaccines — pa

The meaningfulness (or not) of dreams

Scientific American has launched a new series this year called “Too Hard for Science?” It involves interviews with scientists “about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated.”
The interview on Monday was with Rob

Have we been told the whole truth about sugar?

Science writer Gary Taubes has written a must-read article in this week’s New York Times Magazine that asks the question, “Is sugar toxic?”
I don’t know if this article will get the same kind of attention (and nasty pushback) as Taubes’ 2002 Times

Why older brains have trouble multitasking

If you’ve already begun to experience “senior moments” — those temporary memory lapses when you can’t remember why in the world you came into a room or where, exactly, you were going with your train of thought in a conversation or what the name of y

Could you survive being sucked from an airplane?

Minnesota-based science writer Emily Sohn wrote a gruesomely fascinating article last week for Discovery News about what happens if you get sucked out of an airplane at 30,000 feet.
It’s a question that many people undoubtedly brooded about after h