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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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Unknown Protein Structures Predicted

By | January 19, 2017

Metagenomic sequence data boosts the power of protein modeling software to yield hundreds of new protein structure predictions.

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HHS Nominee Tom Price Grilled in Confirmation Hearing

By | January 19, 2017

Price was asked about alleged conflicts of interest, whether he supports Medicare negotiating drug prices, and how he intends to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Replication Complications

By | January 18, 2017

An initiative to replicate key findings in cancer biology yields a preliminary conclusion: it’s difficult.

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Tenure Under Attack in Two More States

By | January 17, 2017

Proposed legislation would eliminate academic tenure at public universities in Iowa and Missouri, echoing a move that has already gutted such permanent posts in Wisconsin.

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TS Picks: Obama’s Science Legacy

By | January 17, 2017

During his two terms in office, President Barack Obama pushed for action on climate change, injected “innovation” into science and tech, bet big on biomedical research, and published papers in peer-reviewed journals. Here’s a look at his efforts to “put science in its rightful place.”

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Clostridium botulinum produces a transcription factor that can aggregate and self-propagate a prion-like form, leading to genome-wide changes in gene expression in E. coli, according to a study.

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Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

By | January 13, 2017

The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  

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A team of scientists was unable to replicate controversial, high-profile findings published in 2011.

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Will There Be a Brexit Brain Drain?

By | January 11, 2017

Some academics in the United Kingdom say they are considering leaving the country for greener pastures, as Britain’s exit from the European Union takes effect.

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