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Train of Thought Derailed: How an Accident Can Affect Your Brain

2 August 2013 – 11:06 |

My cousin Guillermo Cassinello Toscano was on the train that derailed in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, last week when it went around a bend at twice the speed limit. Cassinello heard a loud vibration and …

Spanish High-Speed Train Crash Offers Safety-System Lessons

27 July 2013 – 13:46 |

The driver of the high-speed train that derailed July 25 at a sharp curve in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, killing at least 80 passengers and¬†injuring 130 more, told controllers he took the curve at around …

Faux Fossils

15 June 2013 – 12:00 |

On its way from flight to fossil, an ancient beetle’s wings lost their color and then their form. Slow-baked and squished by sand, the glittering green wings darkened and turned blue, then indigo, then black.
That …

App’d to Fail: Mobile Health Treatments Fail First Full Checkup

29 January 2013 – 16:21 |

Health care via mobile technology is still in its infancy. Of 75 trials in which patients used mobile tech, such as text messaging and downloadable apps, to manage a disease or adopt healthier behaviors, only …