• Photo by Jim Pepper

    A Sailing Farmer Steers Toward a Post-Carbon Future

    A Vermont farmer decides to reinvent how goods are shipped to market; will the shipping gods listen?
    Photo by Jim Pepper

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    The Magic Poop Potion

    An Indiana grandma killed off a devastating superbug with a homemade fecal transplant and then embarked on a crusade to win over the FDA.
    (Art by Laurel Lynn Leake)

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    The Man Who Drank Cholera and Launched the Yogurt Craze

    Ilya Metchnikoff laid the foundation for modern probiotics.
    (Art courtesy of Pasteur Institute)

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    The Vehicle of Wonder

    The mother tongues of today’s readers span from Russian to Turkish and from Greek to Farsi, as they follow Verne’s characters through the inner workings of his vessel and the mysteries of the aquatic life, discovering their own passions.

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    A Clockwork Orange… or Pork Chop

    It’s not what you eat but when you eat it that impacts how your body burns it off. And not eating at the right time has an equally profound effect.

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    Gory but Good: Company Plans Virtual Cadaver Software

    Dead bodies are in short supply, a fact that might surprise you unless you’ve been through medical school or dissected a corpse. So to solve the shortage of real dead folks, anatomists decided to create virtual ones.

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    Building a Better Tomato Through the Sense of Smell

    What’s wrong with the tomatoes we eat now? A few things, explains, Harvey Klee, a molecular biologist and horticulturalist at the University of Florida. Number one is that growers are not paid to produce great-tasting fruit. Klee is merging plant genetics and the science of taste to build a better tomato.

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    A Holiday Guest Is Leaving Dangerous Poop in Your Couch

    The feces of dust mites isn’t just a byproduct of digestion, but a potent, biologically active substance vital to their procreation. There isn’t much to eat in the mites’ austere, dusty habitat, says Pavel Klimov at Michigan University, so they developed a very strong digestive enzyme—a protein called cysteine protease, which helps them break down tough material that is available to them, like dead cells.

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