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Dementia and identity (Aeon)
by Muireann Irish
Family members and clinicians often think of dementia as “disintegration” or even “living death.” But even when people lose memories and context of the world around them, they retain many abilities and characteristics that make them who they are.

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A complicated miracle therapy (Scientific American)
by Ilana Yurkiewicz
Talking about a cure for cancer is notoriously dicey. But, in the case of some kinds of cancers, the gene therapy called CAR-T looks a lot like the real deal. It can also comes with an enormous price tag and—sometimes—baffling side effects.

Return of the mouse deer (The Guardian)
by Ian Sample
For 30 years, scientists had believed that the world’s tiniest hooved mammal might be extinct. Now, the silver-backed chevrotain—a rabbit-sized creature that looks a little like a deer and a little like a mouse—has been caught on camera again.

A year with no scallops (The New York Times)
by Charity Robey
The scallops of Peconic Bay fetch a good price for Long Island fishermen. But this fall it was barely worth putting a fishing boat in the water. Warm ocean temperatures this summer had killed almost all of the shellfish.

Can Pinterest fight self-harm? (Wired)
by Arielle Pardes
It’s no surprise that social media isn’t always great for our mental health. Pinterest is trying to support users whose searches suggest they’re contemplating self-harm by offering exercises to address psychological challenges.

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