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Awarding Science Defense Again

By | November 5, 2013

David Nutt wins the second John Maddox Prize for promoting science despite opposition.

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Nutrition Studies Under More Scrutiny

By | November 4, 2013

A new analysis suggests that nutrition researchers sometimes overstate their findings.

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Troubled Grant Giver Can Resume

By | November 4, 2013

Texas lawmakers lifted a ban on a taxpayer-funded research organization to dole out grants.

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HIV Structural Studies Undermine Prior Work

By | November 4, 2013

New research on the structure of the surface protein the virus uses to infiltrate human cells clashes with an earlier paper’s findings, causing some scientists to call for a retraction.

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Tracking Troubles

By | November 1, 2013

Researchers show that tagging marine animals could disrupt their ability to live normal lives.

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Week in Review: October 28–November 1

By | November 1, 2013

Neuronal DNA variation; male hormone sparks mosquito egg production; pulvinar neurons aid primate snake detection; spiders and cryptic female choice

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Chimp Retirement on Hold

By | October 31, 2013

The 60 NIH chimpanzees that were set to enjoy their remaining years at a sanctuary in Louisiana will have to wait a little longer, thanks to Congress’s ongoing budgeting problems.

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Impact Forecasts Cloudy

By | October 31, 2013

Current models do a poor job of predicting the impact individual scientists will have, according to a study.

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Science Cracks a Superhero’s Powers

By | October 31, 2013

A spoof research paper elucidates the molecular keys to Wolverine’s regenerative abilities.

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Scientists Confirm Bats Carry SARS

By | October 31, 2013

Whole-genome sequences for two novel coronaviruses from Chinese horseshoe bats are the most closely related to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus to date.

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