"The comeback"
Doomed to be the waterboy after tearing his ACL, engineering student Baratunde Cola is determined to make it back to his college's football team.
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Darlene Cavalier
Why not put a cheerleader in the room?
Darlene Cavalier, a former professional cheerleader, had always felt like science wasn't for people like her. But then a chance conversation leads her to learn more about science, and even more about cheerleaders, than she ever imagined.
David Dobbs
Lost in your brain
When science writer David Dobbs is suddenly unable to remember how to drive his kids to school, he sets off on a quest to understand his own brain, and makes a shocking discovery.
Phoebe Cohen
Chasing rocks and bears
While hunting for fossils of some of Earth's oldest organisms, paleontologist Phoebe Cohen and her geologist friend encounter a problem with one of Earth's more recently evolved organisms.
Tom Levenson
Wide open spaces and the long road home
As a young man Tom Levenson tries to follow his deceased father's advice, and takes a wide detour that leads him to contemplate life at the base of Newton's tree.
Deborah Berebichez
Passing on the gift
Deborah Berebichez was told she couldn't study physics because it wasn't for girls -- until she got assistance for an unexpected reason.
Blaise Allysen Kearsley
How babies are made (explicit)
Writer Blaise Allysen Kearsley asks the question: how do you learn about sexuality when no one tells you anything useful, and everyone else seems to know what they're doing?
Matt Danzico
Strangers on the internet
In 2007, Matt Danzico engages in a massive project to show that strangers on the internet can be trusted -- and finds himself in the middle of nowhere with a broken-down bus and a stranger with a gun.
David Gelles
Have fun, be safe (in an ocean)
At ten years old, David Gelles finds himself abandoned and swimming in an ocean with a storm coming. Alone. Except for the pod of dolphins.
Steven Puente
A therapist learns it's ok to cry
A young social worker, working with a military vet, discovers that part of his own shame is one of the most powerful tools in therapy.
Eric Feldman
Molecules aren't real (explicit)
As a college student majoring in Chemistry, Eric Feldman becomes obsessed with a single idea: molecules aren't real.