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Friday, February 13, 2015 Permalink

Science Friday: Mega Droughts, Medical Fraud, Multiverse Love Story, Plastics In Our Oceans

  

Are Decades-Long Megadroughts on the Horizon?

Climate change might be pushing the Southwest and Central Plains of the U.S. towards megadroughts.

 

Medical Fraud Missing From Public Record

An investigation of the FDA claims the agency isn't doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct.

 

A Love Story, Set in the Multiverse

In Nick Payne’s play Constellations, a beekeeper and cosmologist fall in and out of love across 50 parallel universes.

 

The World’s Oceans Are Overflowing With Plastics Pollution

Researchers estimate that between 4.8-12.7 million metric tons of plastic leaked into the ocean in 2010.

 

Dogs, They’re Just Like Us

An in-depth survey of pet dogs revealed surprising insights about breed-specific behaviors.

 

Tales of Broken Hearts

In The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, Rob Dunn writes of the creative—and sometimes tragic—ways that scientists and surgeons have sought to mend the maladies of the heart.