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Getting Back to That Child-like Wonder

"In fact, there is nothing in science that isn't worth being excited about," author Bill Bryson says in the New Scientist in an interview about a new book he edited. The book, Seeing Further, is a collection of science essays from a varied lot of contributors that include Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins, Martin Rees, and Steve Jones. Bryson, though, adds that much of the wonder of science isn't communicated to students in science classrooms. He says that he would be lost as his teachers wrote equation after equation on the blackboard.

At Culturing Science, blogger Hannah adds the main challenge to capturing students' interest is the skill set needed to talk about science. "Science needs to be presented as another language used to put order to our world — just like literature or art," she writes.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.