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Max G. Levy

Science and Health Journalism and Chemical Engineering

Assistant editor and science writer with a PhD in chemical & biological engineering. My PhD research focused on designing nanoparticles to kill multi-drug resistant bacteria. Now, I write about all the ways scientists are trying to save lives around the world.

Max has authored 12 articles

Chemists are decoding the fruity scent of lemur stink flirting

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New study identifies the molecules of a key lemur scent, but experts hesitate to call them pheromones

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Mosquito-borne diseases get a boost from climate change

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Bugs like it hot, and evolve faster when there's lots of carbon dioxide

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PFAS chemicals reach remote oceans and accumulate in whales, dolphins, and other ocean life

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Scientists studying the 'forever chemicals' say this trend is concerning

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'Symbiosis/Dysbiosis' VR art installation will let you see, feel, hear the invisible

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Tosca Terán and Sara Lisa Vogl speak with Massive about stimulating senses in their art

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Anuses can have teeth, farts can be weapons, butts can be homes: an interview with a farts expert

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Zoologist and butt book author Dani Rabaiotti on the worst fart she ever smelled and what new fart research she'd like to see

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With no vaccine anytime soon, how will we treat COVID-19?

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The science behind stopping this spiky spherical virus

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A smart ‘second skin’ shape-shifts to block out chemical weapons

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The smart fabric made of carbon nanotubes is light, breathable, and can change how first-responders deal with sarin

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To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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By switching off cell-to-cell communication, researchers turned cancer’s bazooka into a rubber pistol

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Futuristic organ-on-a-chip technology now seems more realistic than ever

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Researchers have pioneered what may be the most accurate simulation of kidney function to-date

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A slime mold changes its mind: an interview with slime mold scientist Audrey Dussutour

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How do slime molds and ants make decisions without a central brain?

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Hurricanes are shaping lizard feet all over the world

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New study shows that lizards evolve and maintain wider toepads to survive hurricane winds

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Extreme microbes survive the desert by dissolving rocks with acid

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"...the thought about the desert dehydrating the rocks was not correct. It was actually the microbes dehydrating the rock"

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CDC chimes in on disinfecting and reopening during pandemic

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Guidance builds on administration's advice to reopen

What will dexamethasone do to President Trump?

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The cognitive and immunological effects of steroids face a test at a critical point in Trump's illness

Scientists celebrate Inverte-Butt-Fest, a photographic homage to spineless backsides

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"Invert butts should be celebrated because they have a wide diversity in form and function, and because they bring us all joy"

Netflix's new show, Diagnosis, replaces House M.D. with the crowd — and exposes failures in the U.S. healthcare system

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The patient in the first episode travels to Italy to get a diagnosis that never even occurred to her local doctors

Tear gas used in 2020 protests wreaked havoc on people's health

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The chemical control isn't just a short-term irritant. For many, it caused lasting physical and psychological effects, including menstrual issues

While other parts of the world burn, climate change is triggering floods and disease outbreaks in East Africa

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At least 62 people have died and 15,000 contracted chikungunya in Sudan and Ethiopia

Meet the all-star cast of marine bacteria that can ruin your warm-weather activities

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Each member of the Vibrio family is unique, but they're all likely getting more common as the oceans warm

How a pair of rude gut germs perfectly summarize our war against superbugs

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One overstays its welcome, and the other shows up unannounced to ruin the party

Coronavirus forces the world's largest physics conference to cancel its annual meeting

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The public health decision is getting mixed reactions

NASA celebrates 50 years since Apollo 13, their most successful failure

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New video visualizes the Moon's surface as the Apollo 13 crew witnessed it

How did the bear cross the road? Wildlife corridor's success caught on video

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The important project allows safe movement for even some of the largest mammals in North America