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Courtesy of Maggie Koerth-BakerMaggie Koerth-Baker Today, there are 520 pandas living in captivity, and fully a quarter of them are the descendants of an especially fecund and recently deceased individual named Pan Pan. Like an ursine cross between Don Juan and Jean Valjean (he is simply Panda 308 in the official studbook), Pan Pan seeded the zoos... more
Many positive lung CT scans turn out to be false alarms. Getty Images. While hospitals and advocacy groups eagerly promote lung cancer screening to the public, some researchers are shining a spotlight on data that shows the harms of lung cancer screening occur more often than anticipated. A whopping 56 percent of the time, current and former heavy... more
The American Heart Association (AHA) has faced criticism for issuing new, more aggressive guidelines that lower the threshold for high blood pressure and set lower treatment targets for millions of Americans. (We’ve written extensively about those guidelines and the SPRINT study that formed the basis for them.) Now the AHA is facing renewed... more
The big news of the day is a Canadian study looking at patterns in hospital data that link the timing of hospitalization for heart attacks and flu infections. This study zeroed in on the medical records of people who, over a two-year period, had both confirmed diagnoses of heart attacks and flu during that time window. They found that during the... more
UC San Diego's Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences have launched a Research Communications Program designed to help scientists advocate for and communicate the relevance of their work to the public, political representatives and the news media. Article type: ScienceWriters magazineArticle topic: Science writing news
Journalist Cathy Shufro was riding a New York City subway train when she looked up at that rail of ads that we’ve all seen on mass transit vehicles. What she saw bothered her. She pulled out her phone, took a picture, and sent it to me with a subject line – “mammograms prevent (something).” Oscar is an insurance company.... more
Join us in Washington, D.C., for ScienceWriters2018 with professional development workshops, briefings on scientific research, lab tours, and science field trips. Registration opens in August 2018. Help shape the meeting’s content — submit a session proposal by March 1. Article type: ScienceWriters meetingArticle topic: NASW news
We weren’t the ones who started calling our project “a watchdog.” Readers did. Journalists who wrote about us did. When people would introduce me before a talk, that’s the label they would use. So when it came time for one of our site re-designs about 7 years ago, we decided to call ourselves what it seemed everyone else... more
The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, is a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  Eric Boodman is a reporter at STAT. He won... more
Courtesy of Kayana SzymczakEntomologist Gale Ridge in her lab at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, Conn. The Madagascar hissing cockroaches on her sleeve are one of the species of insects she keeps there. (Originally published in STAT.)   The following story diagram—or Storygram—annotates an award-winning story to... more