Betting Seed: How Birds Give in to Gambling

Humans may not be the only animals hypnotized by the chance to win big. New research shows that birds, as well as some other animals, are just as susceptible to going for the jackpot.

Tonsillectomies: No Longer a Routine Solution

By their heyday in 1965, over 1.2 million tonsillectomies were performed in the United States. By 1986, that number fell to a quarter of that. And the decline of this once-popular procedure reflects a much larger revolution in medical practice.

A Visit to the Autopsy Suite

In a time when many hospitals have given up their autopsy services to save money, Dr. Stone continues to grow the Massachusetts General Hospital autopsy suite.

A Hospital Lab that Never Sleeps

Even as automated technology, like a “lab on a chip,” threatens the efficacy of fully-staffed hospital labs like the one at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the medical technologists who run the labs continue their 24/7 work behind the scenes.

Learning to Feel With Light

A new sensor out of MIT is giving robotic claws the ability to ‘feel’ what they’re holding using lights and cameras.

So you want to be a stool donor? – Infographic

While doctors treat most clostridium difficile gut infections with repeat rounds of antibiotics, stubborn cases call for unconventional treatment–fecal matter transplant. OpenBiome of Medford, Mass, is collecting stool donations from prescreened donors and sending them to hospitals across the country.