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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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The unlikely breakthroughs in today’s medical science.

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Particle accelerators can make you healthy and wealthy.

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What’s wrong with the tomatoes we eat now? A few things.

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Revising your daily menu is easier in summer, because stuff just tastes so good.

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“We have this department called Imagineering,” says Lenny De George, Walt Disney World Executive Chef, who’s been cooking up the magic for 20 years. “So the imagineers would dream up what a new restaurant would be,”

Bioreactor grow your own bone

Using bioreactors, a team of Columbia University bioengineers grew more than 50 healthy bones from stem cells.

Lakeside Lawn using no Chemicals

The grass is always greener on Jackson Madnick’s lawn in Wayland, Mass.: green in a drought and green when it emerges from under the snow. Yet, he barely waters and mows it, and he never uses chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Biochemical engineers can now download a piece of software and, with a few simple clicks, assemble the DNA for new life forms through their laptops.

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Trees that grow and glow may one day replace street lamps, cutting down on electricity use and CO2 emissions, says a group of synthetic biologists at Singularity University in Moffett Field, Calif.

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Solar-powered thermal batteries harness the sun’s heat to chill milk in regions with unreliable power in India.

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A little colorful sticker you can slap onto your shirt may prove to be one of the most efficient methods to ward off malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

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Cornell University researchers build a sun-powered cancer-testing device.

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Ants mastered husbandry way before us—about 50 million years ago, and they still continue farming today.

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When it comes to water, some plants are picky drinkers.  To measure plant water levels continuously, Cornell University researchers, equipped every plant with its own personal water sensor

Volcano

Sitting on top of a volcano may be just what Nevis, a small sombrero-shaped Caribbean Island, needs to become one of the greenest nations on Earth.

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“Each one of these when heated will release hydrogen gas,” says Cella Energy CEO Stephen Voller, of the small heap of pellets in his palm. “You get about a balloon worth of hydrogen gas from that.”

Thanks for checking me out!  You can browse through my stories in the top slider or on my portfolio page. Please take a look at my two award-winning features, The Sailing Farmer and The Magic Poop Potion, and follow me @linazeldovich. December 2016: Thrilled to be mentioned in the New York Times for my “United We Fish!,”longform narrative feature in Hakai Magazine—in the “journalism of seeking solutions” theme by David Bornstein, who did the 2016 round-up. A nice year-end gift!                                           February 2016: Hooray!!! The Sailing Farmer wins Silver in NATJA’s Special Purpose Travel Category!  Guess who beat me to Gold?  National Geographic Adventure magazine.  A good rival to lose to!  And a good way to start the year. The Sailing Farmer                The Magic Poop Potion     January 2016. I am off to Washington DC for a fellowship with the National Press Foundation “What’s New in Covering Cancer.” November 2015: More great news!  A story I edited at Nautilus that investigated the complex science of sun exposure, just won its second award.  Reported and written by Jessica Seigel.  Woot! May 2015: The Magic Poop Potion  just won its second award: The Deadline Club Award: Reporting for Independent Digital Media. September 2014. The Magic Poop Potion just won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York! April 2014: Great news!  A story I edited at Nautilus about fire ants’ unstoppable march through the southern states was included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 anthology.  Reported and written by Justin Nobel. Totally thrilled!

IREP the robo-surgeon

Once inside the body the robot unfolds like a NASA spaceship, communicates its position through a wire connected to an external computer, and follows instructions to advance, stop, tie sutures and perform other actions.

Two guys study feces for a year

In 2009, Eric Alm, a professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hadn’t had a bowel movement at home for almost the entire year. Instead, every time he had to go, he’s drive to his MIT lab.