Only Human

A Blog by Virginia Hughes

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This Is a Goodbye Post

Some bittersweet news: This is the last installment of Only Human. After two stimulating and fun years blogging at Phenomena, I’m starting…

The Power of a Press Release

In 2011, Petroc Sumner of Cardiff University and his colleagues published a brain imaging study with a provocative result: Healthy men who ha…

Category Fail

I’ve written a lot of stories about autism research, and I’d say one of the biggest scientific developments in the past few years was th…

Personhood Week: Do Kids Count?

It’s Personhood Week here on Only Human. Today’s installment is about young people: When do they get autonomy? When do their decisions…

When Grief Is Traumatic

As Vicki looked at her son in his hospital bed, she didn’t believe he was close to death. He was still young, at 33. It had been a bad car…