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Teaching to the Test

By | September 5, 2013

A scientist scrutinizes introductory biology textbooks, finding that they seem to cater to premedical students.

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Video Game Boosts Multitasking Skills

By | September 4, 2013

Training for several hours with a racing video game improves the multitasking abilities of 60- to 85-year-olds for up to six months.

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Sequester Hitting Scientists Hard

By | September 4, 2013

A recent survey of working researchers highlights funding difficulties and the perceived decline of the U.S. as a leader in science. 

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Fly-Wrangling and Undesirable Snacks

By | September 3, 2013

A humorous Twitter hashtag helps paint a picture of what science initiation rituals might look like.

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Plant Data, for a Price

By | September 3, 2013

An online repository of botanical data previously funded by the National Science Foundation is forced to collect user fees for the first time in its 14-year existence.

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Obesity-Fighting Drug May Improve Metabolism

By | September 3, 2013

Initial tests of a hormone therapy suggest it reduces LDL cholesterol and improves weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

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Skin-Eating Fungus Threatens Salamanders

By | September 3, 2013

A fungus that erodes the skin has caused massive die-offs of fire salamanders in the Netherlands.

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Some Assembly Required

By | September 3, 2013

Researchers construct nanoscale DNA cages that could eventually be used to deliver drugs to target tissues.

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Fixing Fly Forgetfulness

By | September 3, 2013

Polyamines help fruit flies retain memories as they age.

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Blue Whales Get Tans

By | September 2, 2013

The large mammals alter the levels of melanin in their skin depending on sun exposure, helping them to avoid DNA damage.

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