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Let Them Blow Stuff Up

MythBuster Adam Savage lists three ways to "fix US science education" in Popular Mechanics, even though, as he says, "we're not teachers, but our show has taught us a lot about how to get people interested in science." Savage says to let students learn by doing (that's what MythBusters is all about), spend more money on science education, and even to celebrate mistakes. "Learning science by experimentation yields innovation, inspiration, intuition and fascination," he 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.