David Baron

Tibetan Buddhists believe that during lunar and solar eclipses, the effects of one's good or bad deeds are multiplied several-fold. Here, a Tibetan Buddhist monk releases crabs into the sea ahead of a total lunar eclipse in Singapore on October 8, 2014. O

A total solar eclipse was once all about fear, but it’s still an awe-inspiring event


In ancient times, when the sun suddenly disappeared from the sky, people would usually be afraid. Scientists have understood the physics behind a total solar eclipse for a long time, but it can still put some people on edge. Religious and nonreligious people alike can find deep meaning in these sorts of astronomical events.


Seeing a total solar eclipse is ‘like standing on another planet and looking at an alien sky’


Should we be worried about antibiotic resistance?

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Eradicating Guinea worm disease

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WHO: Fumes from Diesel Exhaust Cause Cancer

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The World’s Northernmost Botanical Garden


We are looking for a city at the very top of Europe that has the world’s northernmost botanical garden.

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A Welcome to Our New SciTech Site

The World’s Health & Science Editor David Baron offers a tour of the redesigned World SciTech website.

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AIDS Medicine May Save Cameroon Rain Forest

An extract found in the African nation of Cameroon may help AIDS patients and the rainforest itself. David Baron of member station WBUR reports on the recent discovery of a potentially helpful drug in this heavily harvested rainforest, and how the National Cancer Institute is preparing for its possible demand.

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The Problem of Anti-Androgens

Science and medical reporter David Baron of member station WBUR examines the latest scientific findings on chemicals that disrupt human and animal hormone systems. Recent discoveries by government scientists point to a blocking of the bodies androgens; a key breakthrough in scientific understanding of this health puzzle.

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Mite Makes Right: Biological Insect Control in Benin

A tiny insect has saved Benin, Africa from possible famine. Scientists discovered and then imported a natural predator wasp to kill off mealy-bugs that were devastating the nation’s staple cassava harvest. David Baron of member station WBUR reports.