Author Archives: Elizabeth Svoboda

Phenibut: The Russian Cosmonaut Drug You Can Buy Online to Reduce Anxiety

Billed as safe and legal, the popular supplement has some hidden dangers. Continue reading

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Tequila Might Make You Do Crazy Things — But Not For the Reasons You Think

Science says you can’t blame your bad behavior on your beverage of choice. Continue reading

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Why Do Some People Get Sick All the Time, While Others Stay in Freakishly Good Health?

Researchers are starting to learn how genes, environment and personal choices can make or break our immune health. Continue reading

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How The COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the Way We Live

Large-scale social and behavioral changes — only some of which we can begin to predict — will follow the global catastrophe. Continue reading

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Who Gets Sickest From COVID-19?

Due to immune variations — some genetic, some acquired — the virus hits some people much harder than others. Continue reading

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Can Natural Remedies Really Help You Fight the Coronavirus?

Online health gurus say high doses of vitamins and natural remedies can stave off COVID-19 — but evidence to support these claims is lacking. Continue reading

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Seeding Reefs With Bacteria Might Help Them Survive Climate Change

Can we revive coral reefs by seeding them with just the right cocktail of microbes? Continue reading

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Cores from Coral Reefs Hold Secrets of the Ocean’s Past and Future

Coral skeletons have recorded changes in the ocean environment over thousands of years

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Can Microbes Encourage Altruism?

If gut bacteria can sway their hosts to be selfless, it could answer a riddle that goes back to Darwin

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The Mathematics of Evolution: Q&A with Biologist Marcus Feldman

Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species

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Unearthing the Atrocities of Nazi Death Camps

Forensic archaeologists are finally exploring what lies beneath the dirt—but not without resistance

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