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The Understanding Dog

By | February 12, 2013

Man’s best friend is better able to grasp their human owners’ points of view than previously realized.

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German Minister Resigns

By | February 12, 2013

The minister of education and research has stepped down after being stripped of her doctorate following accusations of plagiarism.

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Genetic Privacy for Suspects?

By | February 12, 2013

In an upcoming hearing, the US Supreme Court will decide on whether police can take DNA samples from suspects who have not been convicted.

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Placental Ancestor Found

By | February 11, 2013

A small insect-eating animal is the common ancestor of whales, elephants, dogs, and humans.

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Robo-Eye to Enter US Market

By | February 11, 2013

A retinal prosthesis, already available in Europe, can restore partial sight to people with a genetic disorder that causes blindness.

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Ice Lake Home to Life

By | February 8, 2013

Researchers have found evidence of microbial life in samples taken from a lake hidden beneath 800 meters of Antarctic ice, but it’s not yet clear how the bacteria survive.

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Virologist Dies

By | February 8, 2013

The editor-in-chief of the open access journal Retrovirology has passed away unexpectedly.

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Oil Additive Harming Seabirds

By | February 8, 2013

Scientists have identified the sticky substance that is damaging the feathers of hundreds seabirds washed ashore in England as an additive for lubricant oils.  

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Unethical Stem Cells?

By | February 8, 2013

Some of the 200 or so human embryonic stem cell lines approved for federal funding may have been derived from sperm or eggs of unconsenting donors.

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Japan’s Nuclear Reboot Stalled

By | February 7, 2013

Regulators are warning that the Asian country’s nuclear power infrastructure may still be vulnerable to earthquakes.

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