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Measles Races Through Anti-Vax Haven

By | July 23, 2013

More than 1,200 people have been infected with the preventable disease in Wales, where health officials are blaming parents who refused the MMR vaccine for their children.

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Identifying Wolves by Their Howls

By | July 23, 2013

Researchers can tell wolves apart by analyzing the pitch and volume of their vocalizations.

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Senate Boosts NSF Funding by 8%

By | July 22, 2013

The Senate proposes increasing funding to the National Science Foundation by $542 million for 2014, while questioning initiatives launched by the agency’s former director.

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New Giant Viruses Break Records

By | July 22, 2013

Two newly discovered giant viruses are bigger than many bacteria and carry massive and largely unique genomes that hint at new branches of life.

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Chemical Reprogramming of Stem Cells

By | July 22, 2013

A new method for producing pluripotent stem cells using just small molecules, without the need for inserting genes, could yield safer therapies.

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First Ever iPS-Cell Trial a Go

By | July 22, 2013

The Japanese government will allow a study of stem cell therapy using patients’ own cells, reprogrammed to be stem cells, to treat vision loss.

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Week in Review, July 15–19

By | July 19, 2013

Bias in preclinical research; medical marijuana for kids; a swath of microbial genomes; plastic ocean habitats; rethinking scientific evaluation

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Airborne H7N9

By | July 19, 2013

Chinese scientists confirm that the avian flu virus subtype can spread through the air between ferrets.

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Gorillas in the Lung

By | July 18, 2013

Inattentional blindness causes 83 percent of radiologists to fail to spot an image of a gorilla inserted into the CT scan of a pair of lungs.

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A Big-Nosed Horn-Faced Dino

By | July 18, 2013

The discovery of a new species of horned dinosaur supports the idea that similar but separate species evolved on the same landmass thanks to a natural barrier.  

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