BIOSCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY

Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplants

[Read full story in Smithsonian.com] His reconstructed faces have tongues that taste and eyelids that blink. But will they withstand the test of time? [Dec. 9, 2016] There have been 38 facial transplants worldwide to date. Not all have survived. (Elnur / iStock) By Arielle Emmett SMITHSONIAN.COM DECEMBER 9, 2016   On September 5, 2001,…

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The Asian Bucket List II. Harbin in Sun, Ice and Blood

Harbin, Manchuria:  Officials here seem reluctant to spotlight the Japanese germ warfare scientists and what they did to thousands of local inhabitants here in 1932 and beyond. Perhaps that’s the reason Harbin has built China’s greatest contemporary war museum, known formally as “The Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731,”  in…

Biocomplexity: A New Science For Survival

The Scientist 14[19]:1, Oct. 2, 2000 This article originally appeared in The Scientist with an accompanying interview with Dr. Colwell.  NEWS Biocomplexity: A New Science For Survival? NSF director Rita Colwell sees great potential in integrating the physical universe with biology By Arielle Emmett Going beyond biodiversity and traditional ecology, the new research field called…

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Surrender the Pink

“Welcome to Voice Print Identification.” The silky computer voice that sounded like a cocktail hostess circa 1968 ushered in a new era of thinking about biometric authentication. By Arielle Emmett “Welcome to Voice Print Identification.” The silky computer voice that sounded like a cocktail hostess circa 1968 ushered in a new era of thinking about…

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The Human Genome

The Scientist 14[15]:1, Jul. 24, 2000 The Human Genome Armed with a working draft, scientist, ponder the meaning of all 23 human chromosome pairs and more