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Brian Vastag



The National Institutes of Health should invest more heavily in research on this disease.

  • Jul 20, 2015

Former Washington Post writer pleads with NIH director for funding for research of debilitating illness that has stricken him and countless others.

  • Jul 20, 2015

Dr. Shulgin, 88, was a biochemist who helped spread the popularity of Ecstasy, later banned by the DEA.

  • Jun 3, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says antibiotic-resistant microbes kill 23,000 each year.

  • Sep 16, 2013

New project explores the cosmic puzzle of “dark energy,” the force driving the universe apart.

  • Sep 7, 2013

Nerve agents are the most deadly of the types of chemical weapons recognized by experts.

  • Aug 21, 2013

Among his innovative campaigns, he persuaded Kellogg to put the NCI’s number on All-Bran boxes.

  • Aug 16, 2013

Sodium left behind in upper atmosphere will be turned into guide stars to help calibrate telescopes.

  • Aug 10, 2013

Concentrations of the heat-trapping gas hit 400 parts per million — a level not seen in millions of years.

  • May 10, 2013

A robotic capture could launch as soon as 2017, with astronauts later being sent near the moon to study it.

  • Apr 5, 2013
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Brian Vastag is a science reporter at The Washington Post, where he covers general science, the environment, climate change, and space. He covered the 2011 Japanese earthquake and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant; the heavy storms that battered the Southeast in 2011; parrot conservation efforts in Qatar; and the final launch of the space shuttle. From 2004 to 2010, Vastag freelanced for some 40 publications, including U.S. News & World Report, New Scientist, Health, Nature, Science, Scientific American, Science News and National Geographic News. From 2000 to 2004, Vastag served as Washington news editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association. Vastag has made live radio appearances on BBC World Service, WNYC, and Public Radio International’s The World, and television appearances on MSNBC and CNN Headline News.
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