"What's In a Name?"
While teaching a math class, Nisse Greenberg is troubled by his student's name, and his own.
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Victor Hwang
Spacecraft are never late (explicit)
What's the worst that can happen when you let a recent college grad command a $330 million spacecraft?
Eliza Strickland
Lost in the deep
Science writer Eliza Strickland discovers that in the race to the bottom of the Mariana Trench the most important thing is what they leave behind.
Emily Graslie
From landscapes to taxidermy (explicit)
How does a landscape artist become the host of a popular science show on YouTube? For Emily Graslie it started with pictures of a wolf head on Facebook.
Alan Lightman
More than just the equations
From a (mostly) successful model rocket launch to a missed opportunity by Richard Feynman, Alan Lightman learns that the equations aren't the whole story.
Robin Dessel
Sex and the nursing home (explicit)
When two residents of her nursing home fell in love, sexual rights advocate Robin Dessel had to decide how the staff would handle their rendezvous.
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.