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Nature and nurture

Professor Marlene Zuk’s newest book dives in to the debate about what drives behavior.

Marlene Zuk

In her latest book, Marlene Zuk, illuminates how all our attributes, behavior or not, are shaped by both genes and the environment, in a complex way that defies a simple binary. She shared her thoughts on the topic as well as writing about science.

Life as we don't know it

What if we could build cells from scratch to produce medicine in space and replace chemicals sourced from fossil fuels?

Kate Adamala

An astronaut battles a grueling headache. The pain reliever they brought on their mission is gone. Luckily, the ship is outfitted with an onboard mini-pharmaceutical factory powered by a synthetic cell system that can crank out a pill within a few hours.