Molly Webster

Senior Correspondent, Radiolab

Molly Webster appears in the following:

The science behind keeping (and breaking) New Year's resolutions

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Gained five pounds when you wanted to lose ten? Started smoking again after swearing you wouldn't? Not eat vegetables at every meal? Forget to not watch television? Who hasn’t had a N...


New report analyzes the Columbia space shuttle wreck

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

In 2003, the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated in the skies above Texas. All seven astronauts were lost. A 400-page NASA report released yesterday investigates the equipment fa...


Personalized medicine may help drugs work better

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Most pharmaceutical drugs only work for about half the people who take them. Why? Because our DNA can inhibit them from functioning in our bodies. But personalized medicine -- in whic...


The science of gift giving

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Feeling a little sheepish because you got your sister socks, and she got you a new purple iPod? Evolution can be blamed for the guilt — if not your poor taste in gifts. Jonah Lehrer, ...

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What President-elect Obama needs to know about water

Monday, December 22, 2008

With a fixed amount of water on earth, a growing population means the competition for water is increasing.

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The DSM gets a makeover

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Psychiatry's number one diagnostic manual is being re-written -- and it's making everyone crazy. Gender identification disorder may be in, while sleepwalking disorder is on the outs. ...


Colonoscopy more likely to catch cancer on your left side

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It has long been rumored that colonoscopy screening tests are 90 percent effective at locating cancer in your colon. Yet a new study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicin...


What President-elect Barack Obama needs to know about population

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Do we want jaguars with four wheels or four legs? What kind of world do we want?" — Joel E. Cohen on allocating earth's resources


In Poland, climate is on world leader's minds

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

But will the economic slowdown hamper environmental progress?


The ethics of war robots

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Now that it's possible to program unmanned combat vehicles to make decisions about where (and who) to strike in war situations, new questions of ethics have risen: In which situations...


Beetles killing millions of acres of pine

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

» Video: "America's Disappearing Forests" (The New York Times) » "Bark Beetles Kill Millions of Acres of Trees in West" (The New York Times) "If you stand on a mountaintop in ...


Walking makes you smart

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Just looking at a picture of nature was relaxing enough to actually produce some cognitive benefits." -- Jonah Lehrer

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Rethinking the roles of genes

Tuesday, November 11, 2008



Friday, October 31, 2008

Dead bats in caves all over New England share one common trait: unusually white, fuzzy noses. A new study points to a fungus as the culprit.


Children's Health

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The largest children's study ever undertaken in the United States kicks off in 2009. Researchers plan on tracking 100,000 kids from the womb to the age when they can legally crack ope...

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Political Rumors

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Blame evolution for our urge to skewer Wall Street

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

How many times have you heard the phrase, “Life’s not fair?” And yet, we haven’t let it stop us from trying to make everyone equal. We right wrongs, punish evil-doers, stop injustice....


Biologists are using giant tortoise DNA to bring an extinct turtle back from the dead

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Down in the Galapagos, a long extinct sea turtle may be resurrected from the dead. An international team of researchers has found that a living breed of tortoise carries some of the s...

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In a modern-age whodunnit, the brain is used as evidence in an Indian trial

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

India has become the first country to convict a person of a crime based on a brain scan. This past summer, a woman was given a life sentence for murder after prosecutors strapped her ...