"Crazy Mail"
As an editor at Scientific American John Rennie delighted in the weird correspondence they received, but then one letter crossed a line.
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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.
Andrew Revkin
My lucky stroke
When he begins showing strange symptoms on a jog though the mountains, science writer Andrew Revkin discovers just how close to death he is.
Sarah Everts
Bitten in a foreign country
While visiting Guatemala Sarah Everts is bitten by a dog, so she goes looking for a rabies shot. But coming home to Canada is when the real problem started.
Stuart Firestein
A mentor with a nose for science
After a career as a theater manager, Stuart Firestein takes a biology class, which leads him to a completely new life, and a lot of salamander noses.