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Box Huckleberry, Stellar Archaeology, and Crowdsourced Medicine: NOVA Next Week in Review

ByAllison EckNOVA NextNOVA Next

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This Week’s NOVA Next Feature Article

Frustrated by unsolved medical mysteries, some patients are turning to a crowdsourcing site for answers. Will they find them there? NOVA Next contributor Carrie Arnold

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reports on this rising trend.

In other news from NOVA and around the web:

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  • Go inside the fascinating early searches for life beyond Earth.
  • In a new study, people with more social cohesion in their neighborhoods also had 67 percent reduced risk of a heart attack.
  • This remarkable plant is changing our sense of what it means to be old .
  • This map is a mosaic of more than 3,150 individual, high-resolution images of Antarctica.
  • A white hole is, basically, the opposite of a black hole. It’s still a theoretical concept. But if loop quantum gravity is real , then white holes could be, too.
  • Some doctors aren’t promoting the HPV vaccine. But why? They hesitate to talk about sex, argues an op-ed in The New York Times.
    But Dr. Amy Middleman says physicians can separate the “sex talk” from the first dose of the HPV vaccine. Hear more from Middleman and other experts by watching “Vaccines—Calling the Shots,” airing September 10 at 9/8c on PBS.
  • The University of Cambridge is looking to fill a PhD multidisciplinary studentship in the science of chocolate .
  • There are cognitive advantages to being dyslexic.
  • The risk level of an eruption at Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has been raised to orange .

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