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Sharon Oosthoek

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  • Wild medicine

    Few veterinarians are available to treat sick animals in their natural environment. Fortunately, some critters can doctor themselves.
  • Cool Jobs: Moved by life

    A robot built to mimic the movements of a cownose ray takes a dip. Credit: Norm Shafer

    This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

    When Dan Goldman was 12, lizards were pretty much the center of his universe. He was fascinated by how they looked, how they behaved — and especially how they moved.

  • Cool Jobs: Museum science

    This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

    When deadly virus outbreaks occur, scientists want to know where the disease is coming from and how to stop it. In their search for answers, some will pay a visit to their local museum. They are not trying to take their minds off the outbreak. Instead, they come to sift through the museum’s historic collections, looking for clues that might help them save lives.

  • Plant-powered plastics

    Spaghetti

    If you looked at the plastic in your sneakers under a high-powered microscope, it would resemble cooked spaghetti, with each noodle tangled in the others.

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