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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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Scientists are growing mini-intestines that stretch and bulge just like the real thing

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This could lead to developments in personalized medicine and treatment of chronic intestinal diseases

Juliann Tefft

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Pocket-sized DNA sequencers could soon stop food-borne pathogen outbreaks as soon as they start

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With new and improving technology, catching the annual romaine lettuce outbreak could get a lot easier

Bhavya Singh

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You're eating, drinking, and breathing microplastics. Now what?

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What are the health implications of eating 250 pieces of microplastic per day?

Anna Robuck

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Why scientists are transplanting artificially grown “brains” into living brains

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Scientists are making major strides in growing fully functional "mini brains" -- but what are the ethics of such science?

Yewande Pearse

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