What They Wanted

There was nothing traditional about my grandparents, other than, perhaps, my grandmother’s rabid interest in my love life. “I just want to be around long enough to dance at your wedding,” Mopsy, as we called my paternal grandmother, told me over and over again for a decade. When, four years ago, I did finally meet…

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The Effects of Sleep Debt

After surveying past studies of sleep-deprived mice, many of which Dr. Veasey conducted, the researchers found that when the animals were kept awake for just a couple of hours more than usual each day, two key parts of the brain were notably affected: the locus coeruleus, which manages feelings of alertness and arousal, and the…

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