"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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Stephanie Nothelle
A last cup of coffee
Stephanie Nothelle loves volunteering at her local nursing home, but she doesn't know what to do when one of the residents says, "I die today" and asks for a last cup of coffee -- against doctor's orders.
Aviva Hope Rutkin
Sensory substitution
For her masters thesis in science writing, Aviva Hope Rutkin starts writing about sensory substitution -- a way of swapping in one sense for another. But her work leads to a mysterious Dr. Bach-y-Rita and a whole new way of knowing someone.
Rich Pollack
The wobbly table
Richard Pollack finds himself moderating an uneasy negotiation between Israelis and Jordanians, as part of an international effort to stem a scourge of houseflies.
John Rennie
The lab safety officer
After he's named lab safety officer, John Rennie must recover a precious sample from the bottom of a vat of liquid nitrogen. So he reaches in.
Darcy Burke
The mountain lion book (explicit)
Darcy Burke's mother gave her a book on mountain lions, and it had the effect that every science writer wishes their book will have. Kind of.
Maija Niemisto
A step from the boat
Maija Niemisto is a director of education on the Clearwater, America's environmental flagship. But when a stranger comes to the side of the ship, it heralds a discovery about her city and herself.
Rachel Bitney Wecht
Time and pressure (explicit)
Actress Rachel Bitney Wecht describes the challenges of wooing a physicist: The Story Collider's own co-founder, Brian Wecht.
David Morgan
I Faxed Carl Sagan (explicit)
David Morgan reaches out to his childhood hero, and connects with an unexpected medium.
Aditi Nadkarni
How to impress your graduate advisor (explicit)
As a new, super competitive, graduate student Aditi Nadkarni thinks she has the perfect way to impress her advisor and labmates ... until one night it spirals a tiny bit out of control.
Kimberly Rae Miller
Let's fix dad
Kimberly Rae Miller's family had a secret: her dad was a hoarder. But when she begins digging into the research on hoarding, she finds it's not nearly as simple to fix as she'd hoped.