The Turbid Plaque

Life is complicated

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Any paper that correlates survey respondents' policy opinions with their blood alcohol concentrations has to be a fun read, and this one doesn't disappoint. One surprising result: e...

As we settle into another weekly issue of The Filtrate, we want to remind you that when the news breaks, it's not our fault.

Chinese-American scientists at several US universities have found themselves on the wrong end of what could be seen as a targeted purge. While Federal and academic officials...

Welcome to another weekly issue of The Filtrate, motto: "Curation without representation."

If you try to keep up with the scientific literature, especially in biology, you've probably noticed the rising flood of preprints in recent years. Letting researchers share their work online before it's off...

It's Thursday, so it's time once again to look back over the news that caught my eye during the past week and say "wow, humanity is so screwed."

China is grappling with an epidemic of African swine fever, and the virus is winning. ASF spreads easily, kills pigs fast, and there's no treatment or...

Malarial fevers, herpes viruses, and The Filtrate: they all just keep coming back.

It's often said that politicians and diapers should both be changed regularly, and for the same reasons. According to the folks who run the NIH, the same applies to lab and branch chiefs at the institution, which is...

It's time once again for a weekly aliquot of The Filtrate. Like a real vacuum filtration apparatus, we keep working when everything else sucks.

For years, researchers have been warning that some of the compounds used in food processing might not be good for us. The data have now persuaded the Amer...