By Ilissa Ocko

Dr. Ilissa Ocko is a postdoctoral science fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City. She is passionate about researching climate change and communicating the science effectively to a variety of audiences.

  1. Thanks to the ever-so-convenient Internet, it was fairly simple to prove to my friends that, yes, a rectal thermometer was indeed a real thing, and no, my mom didn't accidentally misuse a thermometer. My mother, though, in all her un-technological glory, decided to send me (through real mail) a rectal thermometer to show my friends. So there I was in college, with a rectal thermometer.

    When our body temperature is 1

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