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“The surprising truth about what motivates us”

RSA Animate’s thoroughly entertaining look at what really motivates human beings. Hint: it’s not money. CliffsNotes version: sociological and economic studies have shown that increased pay can actually lead to decreased performance. What three factors are real people-movers? Autonomy, mastery, … Continue reading

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What is it Lassie?

Whoever thought that the greatest accuracy in cancer diagnostics would come with four legs and a tail? NPR’s Health Blog reports on the latest study of canines who can detect cancer in breath, fluid, and tissue specimens from patients – … Continue reading

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Indiana Jones and the Scythian Burial Mound

It’s every science kid’s dream job! A profession that’s one part Indiana Jones, one part doctor (Hollywood, are you reading this?) The NY Times looks at cancer through the lens of paleopathology. “When they excavated a Scythian burial mound in the … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes and the Orphan Disease

Where do patients with undiagnosed diseases go when all other options are exhausted? Not House’s team of diagnosticians, but the next best thing – the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NY Times reports that the program … Continue reading

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