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Slime Mold Smarty Pants

By | October 9, 2012

A form of spatial memory helps a brainless slime mold navigate complex environments, hinting at the possible origins of memory in higher organisms.

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Scientists Review Own Papers

By | October 3, 2012

In the latest effort to boost publication records, researchers are writing positive peer reviews for their work under other scientists’ names.

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Pioneer DNA Researcher Dies

By | October 2, 2012

Leonard Lerman, who helped elucidate the process from gene to protein, passed away last month at age 87.

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Water Once Ran on Mars

By | October 1, 2012

The Curiosity rover discovers pebbles that were likely formed by ancient streams on the Red Planet.

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Death Match

By | October 1, 2012

Cockfighting and other cultural practices in Southeast Asia could greatly aid the spread of deadly diseases like bird flu.

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Like Father, Like Son

By | October 1, 2012

A 10-year-old boy spends his summer vacation helping his chemist dad solve the structure of complicated materials.

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So You Want to Write a Book?

By | October 1, 2012

Advice on authoring a textbook, popular nonfiction, or even a novel

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Mapping Coral Reefs

By | September 27, 2012

Google Maps is adding panoramic images of coral reefs to its Street View option, allowing web surfers to better navigate the oceans.

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BGI Saves Genomics Technology

By | September 26, 2012

A large Chinese sequencing center’s purchase of Complete Genomics, a California-based DNA services company, ensures the valued technology will remain on the market.

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Surviving Acidity

By | September 25, 2012

A new study reveals clues to the naked mole-rat’s ability to thrive in underground environments with high levels of carbon dioxide.

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