Eryn Brown previously covered healthcare for the Metro desk. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in history and literature in 1993, and was a writer at Fortune magazine in New York for seven years before moving to Los Angeles. She left The Times in 2015.
Physicist Stephen Hawking made a splash this week when he announced that he had solved a vexing conundrum that had puzzled generations of leading physicists -- including the 73-year-old scientific superstar himself -- for the better part of a half-century.
Earlier this summer, a flurry of scientific papers and news reports warned of the likely arrival, sometime soon, of “home brew heroin” -- opiate drugs that might be brewed using yeast, just like beer or wine are, possibly in the privacy of your own home.
As doctors learn more about the cancer that has spread through his body, former President Jimmy Carter will weigh treatment options that most likely will not cure his disease but could prolong and improve the quality of his life.