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Plant Inspired Waterproofing?

By | November 13, 2011

A floating weed notorious for clogging waterways has inspired a waterproof coating for boats and submarines.

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Pox Vaccine Treats Liver Cancer

By | November 11, 2011

A genetically engineered smallpox vaccine improved the survival of liver cancer patients participating in a phase II clinical trial.

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Another Non-invasive Fetal Test

By | November 11, 2011

Fetal chromosomal microdeletions that can lead to developmental abnormalities are detectable in samples of the mother’s blood.

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NSF Sans Peer Review

By | November 10, 2011

The US science funding agency unveils a new grant program that does away with external peer review.

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Vax-Autism Papers Re-examined

By | November 10, 2011

A US-based group reviews the records of discredited researcher Andrew Wakefield to reassess whether he knowingly misrepresented results.

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A Smoke-Swirl of Birds

By | November 10, 2011

A video of thousands of birds flying as a single coordinated, amorphous group stirs up questions about how they do it.

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Mite Found on Ancient Spider

By | November 9, 2011

Using CT scanning, scientists were able to visualize a tiny mite hitching a ride on a 50-million-year old spider.

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FDA Ups Recent Recalls

By | November 9, 2011

The US regulatory agency recalled 54 percent more drugs from the second to third quarters of 2011.

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Bacterial Identity Crisis

By | November 9, 2011

Researchers probe the genetics of a group of bacteria known to extensively swap DNA sequences with other species—blurring the species boundaries.

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Turkish Scientists Resign in Protest

By | November 9, 2011

As the Turkish government threatens the autonomy of a research institution, its scientists threaten to leave.

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