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The Achilles' heel of tendons

Tendons are the body's marionette strings, connecting bones to muscles that raise an eyebrow or propel us into a full run. That is, until an unusually forceful or awkward pull on the strings leaves us with a sprain, strain ...

Sep 21, 2010 4.8 / 5 (4) 3 | with audio podcast

Pollen Folds Like Origami

For those of us with allergies, springtime pollen is an invisible nuisance. But under the high-powered microscopes of Eleni Katifori, a biophysicist at Rockefeller University in New York, the grains of plant ...

Apr 20, 2010 4.8 / 5 (4) 1 | with audio podcast