"Caught In The Rip Current"
Oceanographer Jeffrey Schell finds himself in a race against time when he encounters swimmers stuck in a dangerous rip current.
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Elna Baker
Nerd day (explicit)
Elna Baker's grade school reputation faces it's greatest threat: her engineer father's enthusiasm for homework.
Justin Werfel
Robotics lessons from termites
A physicist decides that the best way to make progress on his robotics project is to go to Namibia to study termites.
Seth Mnookin
Science vs. feelings in the fight over vaccines
Science writer Seth Mnookin set out to write a book on whether vaccines were dangerous, but discovered the issue was more complex than he'd thought.
Michael Nitabach
I was supposed to be a lawyer (explicit)
As grad school for neuroscience wears on, Michael Nitabach feels the pull of law school, and goes. But he had another surprise coming.
Esther Perel
Science & sexuality
Esther Perel's career gets an unexpected boost from the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Mara Wilson
A love affair of a lifetime (with science)
As a kid, Mara Wilson is decidedly uninterested in science, but as she grows up she starts to look for answers in new places.
Meehan Crist
My mother's brain
When Meehan Crist was a child, her mother hit her head. It was only as an adult that she discovered that her mother was covering up something far more serious: something called rather ironically a "mild traumatic brain injury."
Daniela Schiller
A new last memory (explicit)
Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller studies the emotional components of memory. In her previous story her research helped her begin to understand her father, a holocaust survivor. But that story led to a whole new chapter in their relationship, and her understanding of memories.
John Rennie
Aggression
A college course forces John Rennie to confront a furious rat, and himself.
Moran Cerf
Being dead while being alive
Moran Cerf's life is spun around when a computer glitch declares him dead -- but that's nothing compared to what happens when a real funeral comes around.