Posts by Konrad Kempinsky:

Telehealth Is Key to Trans Health Care

Telehealth Is Key to Trans Health Care

Trans and gender-diverse youth across the country are scared, struggling and dying, and our duty is to address this crisis. We know that gender-affirming health care improves the health and well-being of transgender and gender-diverse youth. Despite this, several states, including Texas, Florida and Alabama are doing their best to make lifesaving gender-affirming care illegal. […]

Why Thinking Hard Wears You Out

Why Thinking Hard Wears You Out

A workday filled with a string of mentally demanding tasks can leave you feeling drained. After long hours of mentally tracking one thought to the next, you’re probably more likely to choose a relaxing evening of streaming TV shows than to tackle a tough task on your to-do list or to make time on a […]

Poem: 'My Father Flies into a Hurricane'

Poem: ‘My Father Flies into a Hurricane’

Edited by Dava Sobel They fly from the Caribbean sun into the storm’s spiraling arms; their turbo prop jolts and shudders. Across his window, streaks of rain begin. They’re flying into darkness, the plane all fumes and metal shell, he thinks, as they head for the eye. All along, they’re dropping instruments to map vertically […]

When Students Acquire Spatial Skills, Their Verbal Abilities Get a Boost

When Students Acquire Spatial Skills, Their Verbal Abilities Get a Boost

Conventional testing can underestimate a student’s learning ability. Sociocultural barriers, test anxiety and differences in rates of brain development can skew results. In principle, neuroscience tools that allow observation of brain activity might better characterize learning gains. But neuroscience and education have not always formed fruitful partnerships. New research that more profitably pairs the two […]

Restrictions on Psilocybin 'Magic Mushrooms' Are Easing as Research Ramps Up

Restrictions on Psilocybin ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Are Easing as Research Ramps Up

Magic mushrooms are undergoing a transformation from illicit recreational drug to promising mental health treatment. Numerous studies have reported positive findings using psilocybin—the mushrooms’ main psychoactive compound—for treating depression as well as smoking and alcohol addiction, and for reducing anxiety in the terminally ill. Ongoing and planned studies are testing the drug for conditions that […]

Nearly $53 Billion in Federal Funding Could Revive the U.S. Computer Chip Industry

Nearly $53 Billion in Federal Funding Could Revive the U.S. Computer Chip Industry

This week, President Joe Biden will sign the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law. The legislation includes nearly $53 billion in funding to encourage domestic manufacture of semiconductor chips, as well as continued research into this field. “CHIPS” stands for “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors,” but the act goes beyond computer components: […]

6 Questions About Monkeypox Vaccines

6 Questions About Monkeypox Vaccines

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Monkeypox isn’t going to be the next COVID-19. But with the outbreak having bloomed to thousands of infections, with cases in nearly every state, on Aug. 4, 2022, the U.S. declared monkeypox a national public health emergency. One reason health […]

Spiders Seem to Have REM-like Sleep and May Even Dream

Spiders Seem to Have REM-like Sleep and May Even Dream

Barred from her lab by pandemic restrictions, behavioral ecologist Daniela Rößler caught local jumping spiders and kept them in clear plastic boxes on her windowsill, planning to test their reactions to 3-D-printed models of predatory spiders. When she came home from dinner one night, though, she noticed something strange. “They were all hanging from the […]

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