Just a Number: Stories about age and science

Miserable at her corporate job, Michelle McCrackin begins to dream of a career in wildlife biology, and volcanologist Ben Kennedy’s attempts to be taken seriously as a scientist are undermined by his youthful appearance.

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Carpe Diem: Stories about seizing the day

On the eve of his first big talk, ecologist Kevin Burgio discovers there’s something seriously wrong with his wardrobe, and research assistant Devine Joyce struggles with feelings of depression, but an experience with a patient changes her outlook.

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Moments of Truth: Stories about pivotal moments

When puppeteer Raymond Carr gets the opportunity to work on a show about dinosaurs, he worries about how his creationist parents will react, and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center reminds science journalist Wade Roush of his early inspiration.

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Parents: Stories about moms and dads

As a kid, Dan Souza finds it hard to appreciate his mother’s nursing expertise until he sees it in action, and when Michaella Thornton shares her struggles with infertility with her farmer father, his response stuns her.

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Getting In: Stories about making the grade

The only thing standing in the way of Jennifer Landa’s dreams of studying art in college is her grade in chemistry, and when she’s accepted into the conservation fellowship of her dreams, Emi Okikawa must leave her family’s home in Hawaii.

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Pregnancy: Stories about the science of having a baby

An expert in oxytocin, the hormone released during birth, Bianca Jones Marlin is determined to have a natural birth, and science writer Veronika Meduna thought she never wanted to have children, but in her late thirties, she changes her mind.

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Bodies: Stories about the skin we're in

Born without a right pectoral muscle, John Trumbo has always felt defective, but then he discovers a possible solution, and Emma Yarbrough discovers there’s more to her unusual height than she’d thought.

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