Recent Articles and Columns


Brittany Maynard and the Cult of the Ideal Death

Brittany Maynard was just 29 on November 1, the day she took the prescription medicine that ended her life and cut short what promised to be an ugly battle with brain cancer. In the weeks leading up to that date, she had become an advocate for the right to suicide … [Read More...]


The Trans-Everything CEO

Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife. Only about 5 … [Read More...]


Who Is Afraid of Armpit Hair?

Social scientists will try to measure anything, it seems, and in the most recent issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly, a professor at Arizona State has published a paper that attempts to quantify the disgust women feel with regard to body hair – their own, and … [Read More...]


Does Family Medical History Matter to a Health Nut?

Last winter, while reporting a feature for this magazine, I was sitting in the Stanford office of Atul Butte, a pediatrician-slash-computer-scientist-slash-wunderkind, and he was touting the promise of the personal genetics revolution. Health care is on the brink … [Read More...]