About Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee is a viviparous, omnivorous, longitudinally symmetrical carbon-based male biped and staff member of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Since 1992, he has been the chief writer for Quest, the paper's award-winning weekly science section, where he covers all manner of scientific news and features, from the inner workings of the brain to the physical nature of "nothingness" -- the stuff between stuff.

LaFee has written two syndicated columns for Creators. Archives of Eureka! can be found here. Or read Wellnews  - new releases weekly.  

He is married with two young sons, whom he coaches in soccer and swimming when not explaining why dead spiders' legs curl up (failed hydraulics) or how 8 feet of DNA can be squeezed into every cell (very carefully).

LaFee lives in La Mesa, Calif., with his hominid family and their several nonhuman pets: two tortoises, three fire-bellied toads, a rat, a rabbit and a dog named Dave.

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Is That OK? No, It's Not Jan 13, 2021

Winter season or not, the color of nasal mucus can sometimes tell you a lot about your current state of health. It might not be the polite thing to do in company, but next time you blow into a tissue, take a peek. If it's: Clear: This is normal. Unta... Read More

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TV Doctors Jan 06, 2021

The pandemic has introduced TV viewers to a host of new "experts," but relatively few are actually medical doctors. A published survey of prime-time programming from Fox News, CNN and MSNBC found that only about 1 in 5 of the experts brought on to ta... Read More

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Don't Weight for Improvement Dec 30, 2020

In 25 states, one attempt to battle rising obesity rates among youth has been for schools to send home reports to parents on their children's body mass index, with the idea that the reports might inform and inspire lifestyle changes. But a study of 2... Read More

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Higher the Age, Lower the Cholesterol Dec 23, 2020

A pair of new studies suggest that patients older than 75 may benefit from cholesterol-lowering medications. Older persons have typically not been targeted for such medications, because the drugs can take a few years to produce beneficial results, an... Read More