"Science vs Football"
Materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez never connected with her brothers' love of football until she unexpectedly ends up writing a book about it.
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Steve Mirsky
Why would you have a masters in chemistry?
Questions arise when Steve Mirsky is introduced to his friend's new girlfriend, and he relies on his past experience to help -- specifically his degree in chemistry.
Ari Daniel
Narwhal tagging in the arctic
As a grad student, Ari Daniel Shapiro has to tag some narwhals to collect data. The problem: it's in the arctic, the devices have never been tested, and if he fails he'll never be able to do research again.
Brooke Borel
My dog's heart
A science writer is challenged when her dog comes down with a case of heartworm -- and then the medication goes wrong.
Rory Scholl
What I want is to smile (explicit)
Rory Scholl has to show up on day one to a new job -- with a severe case of Bell's Palsy.
Christine Gentry
Four lessons from my dad (explicit)
Christine Gentry's rural, Vietnam vet father rarely talked about important issues, but a series of remarkable moments with animals and nature teach her four lessons she'll never forget.
Diane Kelly
Confronting death on the road (explicit)
After turning to a unique field of study -- erections -- Diane Kelly turns to an even more unique source for her research material -- roadkill.
Caroline Howe
A life in trash
A trip to India to work for an environmental program leads Caroline Howe to a new passion: trash.
Greg Walloch
A walk in the park (explicit)
A late-night excursion to a party turns absurd and then terrifying as Greg Walloch, who has cerebral palsy, can't jump the fence around Tompkins Square Park.
Sara Peters
Waiting for a seizure (explicit)
With her epilepsy medication failing, Sara Peters checks into a hospital with one goal: make the scariest thing in her life happen again.
Tim Manley
A superhero goes to the hospital
As a six-year old, Tim Manley has to go to the hospital with a mysterious illness. Fortunately, he has his superpowers and his trusty sidekick -- his mom.