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Killer Silk

By | July 1, 2012

Silk impregnated with bleach may provide a new way to fight the formidable spores of the anthrax bacterium.

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UK to Enforce Paper Sharing

By | June 29, 2012

The United Kingdom's Wellcome Trust announces that it will begin sanctioning researchers who do not submit manuscripts to the public UK PubMed Central database.

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Flower Barcodes

By | June 28, 2012

Wales creates a database of DNA barcodes for all of its native flowering plants, hoping to guide conservation and drug development efforts.

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iPad Affects Shunt Settings

By | June 26, 2012

The settings of programmable shunt devices used to treat brain swelling in children can be altered by magnetic fields, such as those given off by the Apple iPad 2.

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Promotional Science Video Criticized

By | June 25, 2012

A video from the European Commission, aimed at encouraging women to enter STEM fields, is criticized for its use of clichés, including high heels and short skirts.

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Cannabis Catch-All?

By | June 20, 2012

Researchers in the U.K. are looking to breed marijuana to make medicines for metabolic disorders, epilepsy, and other diseases.

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UK Gov’t Supports Open Access Plan

By | June 19, 2012

The UK government releases its recommendation that open access be “the main vehicle for the publication of research,” though it warns of the costs that could entail.

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To Advocate or Not?

By | June 18, 2012

A journal editor is let go because she resisted advocacy statements in the published literature, prompting several board members to quit in her defense.

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Chronic Fatigue Case Dropped

By | June 15, 2012

The criminal charges that had been brought upon chronic fatigue syndrome researcher Judy Mikovits for stealing data from her former employer have been dropped.

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Diesel Fumes Called Carcinogenic

By | June 14, 2012

The WHO has upgraded exhaust fumes from diesel engines from a “probable” carcinogen to a toxin that does cause cancer.

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