The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
R.I.P., DDT: Now, how to bury malaria? A discussion of the current global malaria situation and an unconventional idea for ridding humanity of the malaria parasite proposed by now deceased Stanford immunologist Leon Rosenberg, PhD, in 1990.
Obesity prevention in high-risk kids - challenging but worth it: Scientists are scrambling to come up with effective ways to keep children in at-risk populations from gaining too much weight. Results of two such efforts were published Monday in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Stanford pediatrician Thomas Robinson, MD, led one of the studies, which tested a program of culturally tailored dance classes and TV-watching reduction in African-American girls in Oakland, Calif.
Art and science intersect at America's largest stem cell research center: A video featuring Irving Weissman, MD, explaining the genesis of the sculpture by Dale Chihuly at Stanford's Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building and why art is an integral part of America's newest and largest stem cell research center.
Do people really get addicted to marijuana? A guest blog post by Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, examining psychoactive drugs like marijuana and addiction.
Spain holds napping championship to revive siesta tradition: Spain held its first siesta championship in Madrid last week, and the country's top napper was awarded a prize of 1,000 euros. Organized by the National Association of Friends of the Siesta, the competition aims to bring awareness to how modern life has eroded the Spanish tradition of taking a snooze after lunch.