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Unusual life discovered in Mexican crystal caves gives insight to astrobiologists

By Lauren Puckett BOSTON — Deep in the caves of Naica, Mexico — some 800 meters below ground, where geothermal heat pushed temperatures into the range of 113 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit — Penelope Boston found something incredible. Within the cave’s enormous sparkling crystals, tiny microbial organisms lived in pockets of fluid. Boston’s attempts to…

John Rodgers moderates a discussion on the challenges of science reporting since the 2016 election. From left to right: John Rodgers, Joseph Romm, Meera Subramanian, Seth Boronstein and Naomi Orekes.

Scientists, want to anonymously tip journalists? Here’s how

BOSTON – At a session Thusday on environmental journalism in the age of Trump, panelists found plenty to disagree about. One example of disagreement was whether those who reject mainstream climate science should be called “deniers,” as Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes declares, or “doubters,” following a 2015 Associated Press style decision. But there was one thing on…

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Teenaged cancer patients need to know there’s more to life than the hospital

CLEVELAND –Being a teenager is hard enough. Add in a cancer diagnosis, and an already-difficult time can feel unbearable. Three doctors at an Association of Health Care Journalists conference panel in April agreed that many teenagers need more psychological support than they’re currently getting during cancer treatment. “Mental health is absolutely the most critical need for this age…