"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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Amy Harmon
18 months of learning to communicate (explicit)
New York Times reporter Amy Harmon is making no progress on her story about an autistic man trying to live and work independently -- until she finds a way to reconnect with her subject matter.
Robin Abrahams
A rabbit's personality
A neighbor's gift of two baby rabbits leads Robin Abrahams to a new view of, and fascination with, personality.
Lawrence David
An extreme self-study (explicit)
Having lost his ambition to be a scientist, Lawrence David embarks on one more research project -- to collect and study his poop. Every day. For a year.
Abby Pond
A quiet moment
When her dad is diagnosed with cancer, Abby Pond is sent on a journey home, across the world, and into a new science.
Arran Frood
A therapeutic trip (explicit)
Arran Frood is a science writer who specializes in writing about studies of psychedelic drugs, but a routine story turns personal when he finds himself in a study of MDMA and therapy.
Adam Wade
Volcanic chemistry
In high school, Adam Wade falls for his lab partner, but is led astray by dreams of golf team greatness.
Heather Swain
The last hours of a rabid woman
When Heather Swain is told she has rabies, that turns out to be the least strange part of her experience.
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.