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Weekend Links: the Science of Good Chocolate, Wasps Can Turn Roaches Into Zombies and More

Roaches Kick Wasps in the Head to Avoid Becoming Zombies Mindy Weisberger writing for Live Science A wasp that preys on cockroaches turns them into mind-controlled zombies by stinging them in the brain, and roaches were thought to be all but defenseless against this zombifying attack. But it turns out that cockroaches have a defensive […]

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Weekend Links: How Much Candy is Sold for Halloween, Why Believing in Ghosts Can Make You a Better Person and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute. All the Candy That’s Sold During Halloween Week, in One Massive Pumpkin Julia Belluz and Javier Zarracina writing for Vox We can all agree that Halloween and other seasonal candy […]

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Science Experiments for Kids

Nitya Jain, PhD, a researcher at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, shares some of her favorite children’s books about science and suggests some experiments that kids can do after reading the books. Book: What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada Activity: Floating eggs What you need: 2 […]

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Survey Shows America’s Optimistic Yet Skeptical Attitudes Towards Science

Every day at the Mass General Research Institute, we see what a profound impact science can have on our lives. Whether it’s finding new insights in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, or exploring innovative solutions to the challenges of space travel, we witness firsthand how scientists are working to improve society and everyday life. But […]

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In Case You Missed it: Science Stories from Around the Web

We love good science stories here at the Mass General Research Institute and wanted to share a few of our favorites from other health and science websites. Enjoy! The best and worst analogies for CRISPR, ranked From a knockout punch to an act of God, CRISPR technology has drawn comparisons to a vast array of […]

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Overcoming the “Curse of Knowledge” To Effectively Communicate Your Science

Gene Kinney, PhD, president and CEO of Prothena, a global biotechnology company, published a great article in Xconomy earlier this year about the importance of communicating science. He says researchers need be strategic about how they talk about their work in order to enhance the public’s understanding of science and its impact on society. Using […]

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Examples of Great Science Writing

Three articles from our friends at Nautilus have been selected for inclusion in the The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017. Nautilus is a science magazine that uses narrative storytelling to bring science into the larger conversations we are having today.  They have been partners in our Communicating Science series, and we share a common goal […]

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Mass General Takes Part in the March for Science

On Saturday, April 22, hundreds of members of the Mass General community—along with their families, colleagues and friends—gathered on the Bulfinch Lawn to join the “Stand Up for Science” rally. Following remarks by Regina Larocque, MD, of the Physicians for Policy Action, Peter L. Slavin, MD, Mass General president, and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston), […]

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Research Rumble Recap and the Art of Effective Science Communication

Last night five researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed off their science communication skills in a Research Rumble at the Cambridge Public Library as part of Cambridge Science Festival. We heard about topics ranging from traumatic brain injury suffered by women in abusive relationships, to genetic sequencing in newborn babies, […]

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Mass General Stands Up for Science

  This Saturday, April 22, thousands of supporters are expected to come together on the Boston Common from 2-4pm for the March for Science, an event also taking place in Washington, DC, and in more than 400 cities around the world. The Boston March for Science will celebrate the discovery, understanding and sharing of scientific […]

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