Science Diction: Atom

January 26, 2012

Friday, November 19th, 2010 It’s the basis of our physical world But how did the ‘atom’ get its name? Howard Markel, a physician, medical educator, and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan, explains: Some historians have credited…

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Science Diction: Cancer

January 26, 2012

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 It’s one of the most feared medical conditions. But how did ‘cancer’ get its name? Howard Markel, a physician, medical educator, and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan, explains: Only a few decades…

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Science Diction: Cell

January 26, 2012

Friday, September 17th, 2010 The cell is the smallest, functional unit of life classified as a living thing. The human body, for example, contains more than 100 trillion, or 10^14 cells, with an average size of 10 micrometers and…

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Science Diction: Evolution

January 26, 2012

Friday, August 13th, 2010 Howard Markel, physician, medical educator and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan, explains the origin of the word “evolution:” Scientists use the word evolution when describing the genetic adaptation of species to the environment…

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Science Diction: Genome

January 26, 2012

Friday, July 9th, 2010 In our monthly series on the words of science, we’ll talk about how the word “genome” came to be. Howard Markel, a physician, medical educator, and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan, explains…

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Science Diction: X-Ray

January 26, 2012

Friday, June 18th, 2010 X-rays—the technology that allows doctors to peer into the human body while the engine is still running—represent one of the most revolutionary advances in the history of science. But where did its quaint…

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Science Diction: Scientist

January 26, 2012

Friday, May 21st, 2010 Before the 1830s, there were no scientists — the word scientist didn’t exist. People who conducted what we think of today as scientific research were ‘natural philosophers.’ So what changed? Read more and listen to the…

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