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Knowable Magazine

Rethinking insurance for floods, wildfires and other catastrophes

Knowable Magazine

Teens can have excellent executive function — just not all the time

Event Series

Inside the brain: A lifetime of change

Flora Magazine

Ancient Oaks

Science magazine

A Sense of Self

Communication between the brain and other organs shapes how we think, remember, and feel.

Flora Magazine

Sacred pollinators: An interview with Frank K. Lake

Flora Magazine

Small Wonders: The Plight and Promise of California’s Native Bees

The Atlantic

The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal

For centuries, scientists have obsessed over a primordial blob that can shape-shift, clone itself, and live indefinitely. Add another sentence here to make sure the articles have an even height.


The race is on to build an AC that doesn’t cook the planet

There’s a $1 million prize for anyone that can design a room air conditioner that costs no more than twice what a standard one costs and produces five times less greenhouse gas

Knowable Magazine

Listening to ketamine

Finalist for 2019 Ozzie award

The fast-acting drug offers a new way to treat depression and fathom its origins. Recent approval of a nasal spray promises to expand access, but much remains unknown about long-term use and the potential for abuse.

Science Magazine

Reading an anguished brain

Can brain scans help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal?

Knowable Magazine

The Iron Ocean

Syndicated by Smithsonian

Through dust, not rust, the metal plays a complex, controversial role in Earth’s climate.


Solo stars among the genes

From maggots’ movements to voles’ roles, sometimes single genes can have outsize effects on behavior

The Washington Post

Palliative care may save money and ease suffering

Gordon Surber and Mark Hailey have the same terminal lung disease. Brothers-in-law, they live next door to one another on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in rural Northern California. But they live in different worlds when it comes to health care.

Science Magazine

The Pain of Exile

Science Magazine

In war zones and refugee camps, researchers are putting resilience interventions to the test

Science Magazine

The Polluted Brain: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia

Science Magazine

Can disparities be deadly?

Science Magazine

Short-Circuiting Depression

California has begun screening for early childhood trauma, but critics urge caution

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